Bert Newton made headlines earlier this year after it was revealed he was unwell and in hospital, but he has since been quiet on the media front.
However, fans were excited to hear him happily chatting on radio yesterday, celebrating not only his recovery, but also feeling a bit older.
Bert was chatting with radio hosts Phil Brady and Simon Owens on 3AW for his 79th birthday.
After a quick birthday song, Phil, saying he’d spent the evening before at a surprise party celebrating with Bert, said the Aussie TV favourite looked healthy and fit.
Bert confessed this was his third surprise party but said said his favourite birthday memory was a surprise when he turned 49.
“I didn’t have a clue,” Bert Newton recalled.
“Minding my own business when 50 people descended up on our home. It was a wonderful night, particularly looking back, as half the guest are no longer with us.”
Despite an occasional cough, Bert seemed in good spirits as he spoke, going on to talk about the early days in his career and lamenting the lack of live television and variety shows, such as New Faces.
Many media personalities took to social media to wish the Australian icon a happy birthday, including Rhonda Birchmore.
This article originally appeared on Starts At 60.
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