Dozens of celebrities and high-profile figures from the comedy world have gathered behind Kathy Griffin after the comedian announced on Monday that she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
“I have to tell you something. I have cancer, ”she wrote in an emotional post shared on social media. “I’m about to have an operation to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I never smoked!
“Doctors are very optimistic as this is stage one and is limited to my left lung. Hopefully no chemo or radiation afterwards and I should be able to function normally with my breathing. I should be walking around as usual in a month or less. “
She continued, “It’s been a bloody 4 years getting back to work, making you laugh and entertaining, but I’ll be fine. Of course, when I was fully vaccinated against Covid, I was even more serious. Please stay up to date with your medical examinations. It will save your life. “
Following the announcement, Griffin received a flurry of support from fans, friends, and well-wishers.
“A great, scary ordeal, but they will remove it and you will be fine. In the meantime, I’ll keep you in my prayers, dear Kathy, ”tweeted Mia Farrow.
A big, scary ordeal, but they will eliminate it and you will be fine. In the meantime, I’ll keep you in my prayers, dear Kathy.
– Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 2, 2021
Comedian colleague Sarah Silverman added: “You are a fighter. Cancer has no chance!”
You are a fighter Cancer has no chance! ❤️❤️ 💪 💪
– Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 2, 2021
“Sending healing vibrations. And besides, how do you check that?” said actress Kristen Schaal.
National Democratic Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison tweeted, “Send prayers and love Kathy!”
Actress Mo Collins wrote, “Oh, Kathy !! Incredible and difficult to pronounce, isn’t it? I have no doubt that you will come through even stronger. I am happy to obey that (since I was there). Your humor will be a godsend for you. Send love !! “
Kathy Griffin attends the Queerties 2020 Awards Reception at LA Liason on February 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Tender Mercies star Ellen Barkin also publicly expressed her support when she commented, “Send thoughts and prayers your way.”
Actor Ian Abramson called Griffin an “inspiration” in his message of support.
He tweeted, “As I was just starting stand-up, I went to a recording of a Kathy Griffin special and was blown away by how fun and well-constructed something was so different from what I was used to. You are all around an inspiration to Kathy! “
When I was just starting stand-up, I went to a recording of a Kathy Griffin special and was blown away by how fun and well-constructed something was so different from what I was used to.
You are an inspiration to all of Kathy! https://t.co/w2plieBcsk
– Ian Abramson (@ianabramson) August 2, 2021
While TV producer Bill Prady added, “It’s an honor to know @kathygriffin – one of the strongest people I have ever met. She has fought tough battles with courage, dignity and an enviable sense of humor faces this one. “
It’s an honor to know @kathygriffin – one of the strongest people I have ever met. She has mastered tough battles with courage, dignity, and an enviable sense of humor. She sends good thoughts as she faces this. https://t.co/WoZzkMJXCb
– Bill Prady (@billprady) August 2, 2021
Griffin will speak of her diagnosis in an interview with Juju Chang on ABC News’ Nightline, which airs Monday night.
“I was definitely in shock. I’m still a little bit in shock – don’t deny it, but once a day I’ll just turn around, no one next to me and say, ‘Can you believe that? this from **** or what? ‘”, she says in a preview.