Bert Newton hospitalised with pneumonia
The 72-year-old Australian television personality, who is currently appearing as the Wizard in stage show Wicked, has now left intensive care after being admitted to Epworth Hospital in Richmond over the weekend.
Wife Patti told the Herald Sun: "He's pretty stable and in high spirits. I think he's just very disappointed that he is missing the opening of Wicked in Perth, but they just need to cover every avenue so he makes a good recovery.
"Once he is over this we'll probably go to Perth and I'll help him settle in over there." She added that the illness was very serious but not life-threatening.
Patti insisted that Bert would be returning to work after his stint in hospital, saying: "He loves his work and loves Channel Nine. Once he gets over this, I'm sure he will be back."
She also thanked the hospital staff and said that they "couldn't wish for any more" with the quality of care.
Bert and Patti's actor son Matthew was admitted to a psychiatric clinic last year after allegedly attacking then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor. At the time, Bert said: "We are with him and we hope for the best, and I have got a feeling that is going to be what happens. He is our son, we love him. It just happens he is also a very talented young boy."
He later described his son as a "train wreck", adding: "I do love him and I do support him, but I don't support or condone any of the things that have happened. We should have seen the signs... but we didn't."
Matthew left his rehab centre recently but is still believed to be receiving psychiatric help.