Comedian and Studio 10 co-host Denise Drysdale is in a serious condition after being hospitalised with a rare nerve disorder.
The 72-year-old was hospitalised last week, and her colleague and celebrity reporter, Craig Bennett, revealed the circumstances of her illness on Studio Ten.
"You might've noticed you haven't seen somebody on this couch or on this show for a little while," he started.
He continued to reveal the reason for her absence, "Why you've not seen her on the show for a little bit is because of this reason: last week [Denise] was taken to hospital after suffering unspeakable agony."
Craig shockingly relayed what Denise had shared with him about her pain, which she equated to the feeling of "being struck by a lightning bolt" and touched with "a white-hot poker."
The journalist explained the comedian is "suffering from a rare nerve disorder that affects the face, trigeminal neuralgia."
"Trigeminal is the name of the nerve that stretches through the brain and spreads across the face. Neuralgia, of course, is nerve pain," he said.
However, Craig offered some hope for fans by revealing he is in contact with Denise, and she is on the mend.
"I know we all share in wishing our Denise Drysdale the speediest of recoveries.
"We need our regular dose of Ding Dong. We absolutely do," he finished.
Watch Craig reveal Denise's condition on Studio 10 below.
The two-time TV Week Gold Logie winner is surrounded by her family in the hospital, and according to Craig, she has the nurses "in stitches."
During Denise's appearance on Holey Moley this year, the comedian took a nasty fall, and in conversation with New Idea, she opened up about how things became worse after.
"My entire left side was battered and bruised. I couldn't put on a bra or take off a T-shirt. I couldn't remove the cork from a bottle of bubbly. I couldn't even drive," she said, revealing she was marooned at her Queensland home for months while recuperating.