Kirsty Gallacher steps back from major TV role after tumour diagnosis

Kirsty has been fronting the Great British Breakfast show on GB News since it launched in June.

Kirsty Gallacher has been forced to quit GB News after discovering a tumour in her ear.

The TV star has been fronting the Great British Breakfast show on the brand new news channel since it launched in June, but will sadly walk away from the role due to health reasons.

Kirsty, 45, revealed on Instagram that she found a tumour in her ear canal earlier this year, but re-assured fans the tumour is benign.

While it has largely not been "hugely detrimental to my normal life," the TV star has since developed severe tinnitus—which is when you experience ringing or other noises in one or both of your ears that can cause havoc with hearing, sleeping and working—and is struggling to balance the side-effects of the tumour with her gruelling broadcasting schedule.

Kirsty has since joined Celebrity MasterChef 2022.

Bidding an emotional farewell to GB News, Kirsty explained, "During the summer I discovered I have a tumour in the inner canal of my right ear. Thankfully it’s benign and not hugely detrimental to my normal life.

“However the tumour has caused severe tinnitus which makes it very difficult to sleep. Sadly my 3am starts at GB news, compounded by sleep deprivation, are exacerbating my symptoms.”

She concluded, “I’ve taken the difficult decision to step back from my role on the Great British Breakfast while I focus on my health.”

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Kirsty did reveal, however, that she wasn't stepping back from presenting entirely and will still be on our television screens occasionally.

“As I adjust to managing my condition, I will carry on my less disruptive work commitments and continue maintaining a healthy lifestyle and training so I can get back to my normal routine quickly,” she added.

We wish you a speedy recovery, Kirsty!

Caitlin Elliott
Junior News Editor

Caitlin is a Junior News Editor for, covering all things royal, celeb, lifestyle, food, and family. Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).