Inside Matt Cooper’s health battle as he quits The Tonight Show after four years

The Tonight Show host Matt Cooper has announced his resignation from the current affairs programme.

On Tuesday, the Irish TV presenter revealed he would be stepping down from the Virgin Media One show following four years of service after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes almost three years ago and wishing to 'reduce his working hours'.

Matt tweeted: “Holidays have confirmed it for me.

"Need to reduce the working hours a bit, enjoy more flexibility in the evenings after @lstwrd @TodayFM finishes at 7pm. So not returning to #tonightvmtv.

"Have enjoyed the last four yea

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rs greatly and thanks to all @VirginMedia_TV.”

Matt also presents the weekday drivetime show The Last Word on Bauer Media’s Today FM.

Explaining his struggles with exhaustion amid his health crisis and hectic TV and radio schedule, Matt recently told RSVP Magazine: "There were times after the radio show that I would be keeling over from the exhaustion and from there I would have to go on and do TV.

"I was quite unwell but I only let it carry on for a few weeks."

Opening up on how he lived a relatively healthy lifestyle before his diagnosis, which included going "months without a drink" and 'walking 10,000 steps a day', the presenter revealed doctors were initially concerned over how to treat him.

However, after changing up his medication and going on a diet, Matt is responding positively to treatment and feels his health battle is more "under control".

The Tonight Show takes a break from air over the summer.

Discussing what is in store for him following his exit from the programme, Matt said he hopes to enjoy some golf "one night a week".

He added: "Obviously, for the past three years I’ve been doing The Tonight Show. I enjoy the buzz of a live show. And I still like writing too.

"I think the only thing I won’t be doing for a while, because it’s so utterly time-consuming, is writing books.

"You can’t do everything.

"I’m looking forward to the possibility of one night a week out on the driving range rather than being in a TV studio."

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