Studio 10 host opens up about health battle: 'Rough few weeks'

The Irish star said he burned his hand on the grill because he couldn't feel anything.

It’s been a rocky few months for Studio 10, with co-host Sarah Harris waving goodbye to the couch to take up a role on The Project. And fans of the show were left scratching their heads recently over the whereabouts of another host, Tristan MacManus.

The 40-year-old Irish presenter was back on the couch on Wednesday morning, explaining to the audience where exactly he's been.

Tristan MacManus, Narelda Jacobs and Natasha Exelby on the Studio 10 couch
Tristan MacManus was back on the Studio 10 couch on Wednesday morning. Photo: Channel 10

“I really missed you guys. It's been a hell of a couple of weeks, folks,” he told Narelda Jacobs and Natasha Exelby.

“I know everyone’s been asking where I’ve been and, to be honest with you, I've been quiet on it because I didn't really know what was going on.”

Tristan said he’s been on really strong medication for a bad knee, however, two weeks ago he got ‘really sick’ he presumes from that.


“I had muscle spasms in my chest, which I thought was my heart. I lost feeling in my arm for a couple of days. I burnt my hand. I almost had, like, paralysis in my arm and I must have had it on the grill, so that burned,” he said.

Studio 10 hosts on the couch
Tristan explained where he's been for the past two weeks. Photo: Channel 10
Tristan MacManus back on the Studio 10 couch
He said it's been a 'rough few weeks'. Photo: Channel 10

“I was running around Sydney seeing surgeons and specialists. I have three disc bulges in my neck, one of them had trapped a nerve, which gave me the twitches.”

Tristan said that while he came back to work for one day, he thought it was a “bit confronting” for people to see him on TV with muscle spasms.

“It was for your benefit more than mine, to be honest folks,” he said.

The dad-of-two has had cortisone injections in his neck to try and alleviate some of the pain, however, he said it’s still there.

“The pain is still there but I’ve missed you all so much. It's absolutely great to be back. For my head more than anything else,” he said.

Tristan, who joined the show back in 2020, took to his Instagram account to let his fans know that he’s back on the show.

“Been a rough few weeks, a few highs and lots of lows but can’t wait to get back on the couch @studio10au,” he said.

People immediately commented, wishing the star well and saying how happy they are to see him back on their screens.

“Woohoo I will look forward to watching again has not been the same without you,” one person said.

“S10 is not the same without you. Welcome back,” another wrote.

“I’ve missed you, I’ll be so glad to see you back. I hope you’re ok,” a commenter said.

Waleed Aly and Sarah Harris
Back in November, Sarah Harris joined Waleed Aly on The Project. Photo: Channel 10

Back in November, Tristan’s co-host, Sarah Harris was announced as the new face of The Project, replacing Carrie Bickmore.

Speaking at the time, Sarah said: “This is one of the biggest and best jobs in TV. How could I say no?”

Her new co-host, Waleed Aly, praised the star, saying: “She’s smart. She’s warm. She’s great fun. That’s the trifecta for The Project. Everyone who’s worked with Sarah raves about her, and I can’t wait to become one of them.”

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