Robert Osborne to Miss TCM Classic Film Festival for Second Consecutive Year

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The beloved host, 83, released a statement saying he will sit out the event in Hollywood due to a "health issue."

For the second straight year, Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne has bowed out of the TCM Classic Film Festival at the last minute.

"A health issue has come up which requires attention, so I'll be taking time off to focus on that and enjoy some vacation time," Osborne said in a note to his "TCM Family" posted on the festival's website.

The seventh annual festival takes place April 28 to May 1 in Hollywood.

Last year, what he called "a minor health procedure" forced him to sit out the 2015 festival. That announcement came just eight days before the start of the event.

Osborne, a former writer and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter for many years, has been with TCM since the start, introducing the very first film the network screened, Gone With the Wind, on April 14, 1994.

Read Osborne's full statement below.

One of the things I look forward to most is TCM's annual Classic Film Festival. Those four days each spring are always high points of the year for me, so I'm disappointed I won't be able to join you at this year’s Festival. As that old saying goes, "Life is what's happening while you’re making other plans." A health issue has come up which requires attention, so I'll be taking time off to focus on that and enjoy some vacation time. I know you’re in good hands with all of our Festival hosts, including Ben Mankiewicz, who will offer you the best Festival-going experience. I’ve seen what’s been planned and it’s going to be great, as is the programming scheduled on TCM in the coming months, which I’ll be watching right along with you. 

Meanwhile, I look forward to joining you again soon.

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