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Sunday evenings will never be the same again. Derek Watts announced his retirement as a presenter of Carte Blanche after 35 years.

Watts recently revealed his cancer battle in a recording filmed from his hospital bed in Johannesburg.

The 74-year-old confirmed in a recent interview that he is receiving treatment and said that he would return to the show. He also revealed that he was planning on retiring from after the show’s current season.

“A while back, we did have a discussion about it that this would have been my last year anyway. And the show is in a good place. There are absolutely wonderful people and journalists who ask the difficult questions without shying away.”

After his diagnoses, the popular presenter was also diagnosed with severe sepsis. This led to him collapsing and ending up in hospital. He had to learn to walk again.

“Really just wanted to say to our viewers – thank you for all the love, the messages, the prayers that give us all hope. And thanks, of course, for continuing to watch Carte Blanche. I’ll be back soon, have a magic week and cheers for now.”

Image credit: South African

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