Dermot O'Leary breaks silence on missing This Morning star Michael Mosley

Dermot O'Leary has spoken out about the concerning disappearance of Michael Mosley, sharing heartfelt sentiments on This Morning.

During a segment on the popular daytime TV show, Dermot, alongside co-hosts Alison Hammond, Vanessa Feltz and Nick Ferrari, spoke about the troubling news. A visibly moved Vanessa, who personally knows Michael, was comforted by Dermot as he said: "We can only hope and pray and send our love to all his loved ones that he's found."

The mystery began when Michael, known for his diet books, vanished on the Greek island of Symi after a walk from St Nicholas Beach to Pedi last Thursday. His absence set off alarm bells when his agent disclosed that the 67 year old had not returned from his stroll.

Authorities have since been scouring the island, part of the Dodecanese archipelago, for any sign of him.

Dermot O'Leary
Dermot O'Leary has spoken about missing Michael Mosley -Credit:ITV

A Facebook update from the local community revealed plans for a drone-equipped rescue team from Athens to join the extensive search efforts. The Foreign Office acknowledged the gravity of the situation, with a spokesperson confirming on Thursday: "We are supporting the family of a British man who is missing in Greece and are in contact with the local authorities," reports the Mirror.

Vanessa couldn't hide her distress on air, and shared her heartfelt emotions about Michael. "It's so upsetting, I mean we've all interviewed and met him so many times, and I would say he's kind of like the embodiment of vitality", Vanessa expressed, clearly moved by Michael's infectious energy.

"His enthusiasm is for everybody else to feel the same, to be your absolute healthiest, fittest and enjoy life to the fullest, he's the most wonderful person, he walked into the studio and the whole place lit up. I couldn't love the guy more, or admire him more," she added.

Dr Michael Mosley
Dr Michael Mosley, on This Morning -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Michael has hosted an array of shows including the eye-opening Channel 4 programme, Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? He's also known for his contributions to the BBC's Trust Me, I'm A Doctor and earned an Emmy nod for The Human Face, narrated by John Cleese.

When he's not on screen, Mosley is a vocal proponent of the 5:2 diet and the Fast 800 diet, influencing countless health enthusiasts. Despite his public persona, Michael treasures his privacy. He's happily married to Clare Bailey Mosley, a fellow doctor and writer, and together they have four children.

In a concerning turn of events, Senior Police Spokesman Constantina Dimoglidou updated on Thursday regarding Mosley's whereabouts: "He was at the beach of Ag. Nikolas with another couple when he decided to go back to his home in the area of Pedi of Symi. It was around 1.30pm and he forgot his phone at the beach. Any and every attempt to track him down has not produced any result."

"We have now asked the fire brigade to assist in the operation in the case that he may have slipped, tripped, fallen, even bitten by a snake, remaining injured somewhere. There is just no trace of him. None whatsoever and that means that for us at least, every potential scenario is open and being investigated."

As of Saturday morning, Michael has not yet been found and firefighters on the island of Symi have described the search as "dangerous" because of the extreme heat and dry conditions.