Australian radio broadcaster Alan Jones is hanging up his microphone as a result of his health.
The outspoken 2GB broadcaster will be off the air 'indefinitely' following major back surgery on November 21, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
'I have had all sorts of problems for a lot of years and it's just got hopeless at the moment,' he said.
"I have had in the past three interventions in my back and now the thing has got chronic, so I am in for some major surgery. I wanted to leave it until the end of the year but unfortunately I can't because of the pain. Pain has never killed anyone by the way, but this has got out of control."
Meanwhile, Jones has shut down rumours he has cancer after his dramatic 10kg weight loss.
"I was very lucky when I went to see someone some months ago about my back that the blood tests were taken," he said. "So I am not dying of cancer, much to the dismay and chagrin of my critics. I hope they get me off that slab ... I plan to be back."
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