Dr Chris Steele on This Morning

This Morning fans share fears following tribute to ‘national treasure’ Dr Chris Steele: ‘He looks so frail’

Dr Chris made his debut appearance on This Morning in 1988

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Fans of This Morning have been sharing their concerns over Dr Chris Steele‘s appearance following the show’s tribute to the GP on Thursday’s episode (October 5).

Dr Chris is the show’s longest-serving resident doctor and has been offering advice since the very first episode in 1988. Prior to this week, he last appeared on the show in 2021.

After being associated with the show for 35 years, it only felt right for This Morning to honor that. He sat down with Dr Zoe Williams at his home to discuss his legacy.

Dr Chris Steele on This Morning in 1988
Dr Chris has been a regular face on This Morning for 35 years (Credit: ITV)

Dr Chris is a ‘massive inspiration’ to Zoe

Before her conversation with the This Morning legend, Dr Zoe explained that Dr Chris, who is now 78, has been a “massive inspiration” to her.

“I would say he’s been part of the reason I wanted to get into medicine in the first place so it’s a real privilege to be given the opportunity to catch up with Chris,” she said.

Reminiscing on his first appearance, Dr Chris admitted he didn’t think he would still be associated with the show 35 years later.

“It feels like a long time ago and it is a long time, you know,” he said. “When I went on the show, I actually said: ‘Look, I’ll do this for about three months,’ because I was a family GP, you know, full time.”

Dr Chris continued: “It was quite exciting for the whole practice, especially the patients. The patients loved it, you know. They’d say: ‘I was in Tesco and I told everybody, he’s my GP you know! I’m seeing him tomorrow morning,’ and it was wonderful.”

Dr Chris Steele and Dr Zoe Williams on This Morning
Dr Zoe called Dr Chris a ‘massive inspiration’ to her (Credit: ITV)

Fans think Dr Chris looks ‘so frail’

Following his first TV appearance in a while, fans immediately took to social media and couldn’t help but share their fears over his appearance.

“Dr Chris looks so frail,” one user wrote. “Only mentioned Dr Chris yesterday to my mum that we haven’t seen him in ages. He really doesn’t look well,” another concerned person shared.

“Hope Dr Chris is okay. Looks a little gaunt,” a third person remarked.

Dr Chris Steele on This Morning
Viewers thought Dr Chris looked ‘so frail’ (Credit: ITV)

‘Dr Chris is a legend’

On the other hand, many were pleased to Chris back on their screens.

Dr Chris. What a lovely, genuine gentleman,” one person said. “Dr Chris is a legend isn’t he.. such a kind and exceptional man,” another shared. “Love Dr Chris bless him. A true national treasure,” a third shared.

Chris’ health worries

Chris has been open about his health issues in the past.

In 2019, Dr Chris opened up that he had dealt with depression on several occasions. Then, in 2020, he spoke about a sepsis ordeal he’d been through. “All I could say to my wife was 9… 9… 9….,” he said at the time.

Read more: How old is Dr Chris Steele? What has he said about having depression?

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1 and ITVX.

Dr Chris' First This Morning Appearance | This Morning

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Fabio Magnocavallo
Freelance Writer