In the past year or so fans have been noticing that TCM host Robert Osborne doesn’t look so well and sometimes he seems to have difficulty with words. Also his speech seems a little difficult or impaired, but nobody seems to know the answer to the question about what might be causing this.
Some people say that he has lost weight under medical supervision and that his old clothes don’t fit him well. Others have said that a weight loss of 10 pounds in a man his age should be compensated by better lighting so as to not reveal the unflattering effects of the weight loss. Lately, however, he looks as though he has gained weight, and as of April 1, 2015, he seems to be the heaviest he’s ever been.
More recent photos of Robert Osborne here: Daily Pics TCM.
Well, he is eighty and there could be a lot of things that could cause a man his age to slur his words. A recent tribute to Osborne on the occasion of his 20 th anniversary as on air host featured a blooper reel wherein he seems a little tipsy, and in one instance he implies that he is indeed drunk.
Another one of the usual suspects would be Bell’s Palsy — an irritation of the nerves serving his face. This usually runs it’s course and goes away but sometimes it lingers on for a long time. This doesn’t seem to be the case.
The medical reasons number into the hundreds, but he still has the energy to get to work, so how bad can it be ? As a matter of fact sometimes he speaks perfectly, but then again we don’t really know when segments were actually filmed.
Check out possible causes of slurred speech: http://symptoms.wrongdiagnosis.com/cosymptoms/slurred-speech.htm
Osborne is a good guy and he’s great at his job so let’s hope there is nothing seriously wrong with him.