‘I’m cancer-free:’ Kathy Griffin opens up about health after having half of lung removed during lung cancer battle
Kathy Griffin said she was declared cancer-free by doctors, as she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday.
“I’m cancer free,” the 61-year-old comedian told ABC’s late night show. ‘I don’t know why, I had a tumor, didn’t I? And I’ve never smoked, and it’s been in there for 10 years. So get this, they took it out and found it in another scan.”
The Emmy-winning comic, which had half her left lung removed earlier this year, told Kimmel what her doctor looked like to appeal to her sense of humor when explaining the medical procedure.
Latest: Kathy Griffin, 61, said she was declared cancer-free by doctors, as she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday
“So I go in, and he describes how they take half of your lung out, and he says, ‘It’s kind of like a balloon,'” she said. “So we do it laparoscopically and we poke it, then he says, ‘And when we take it out, it looks like a used condom.’
“And then he says,” “You can use that.” And I just did—and the insurance covered it.”
The Oak Park, Illinois resident said her vocal cords are still recovering as she spoke in a higher pitch.
“It’ll heal, but I’m enjoying it a bit,” Griffin said. “I’m a good two octaves up, I think…it’s higher than Mariah Carey.”
The comedian said on the ABC evening show: ‘I’m cancer free’
Griffin publicly announced her battle with stage one lung cancer last August and underwent surgery
Griffin publicly announced her battle with stage one lung cancer last August and underwent surgery.
In the exchange with Kimmel, Griffin said she was “uncancelled very slowly” more than four years after her career took a hit in 2017 after holding a replica of a severed head resembling that of then-President Donald Trump.
“So you know I’m cancelled, right? Like, I was like, canceled canceled,” she said. “And so I’m very slowly being undone.”
In the exchange with Kimmel, Griffin said she was “really slowly being undone” more than four years after her career took a hit in 2017 after holding a replica of a severed head that resembled that of then-President Donald Trump.
Griffin praised Kimmel for staying with her in the time since the Trump controversy
She compared the scandal to the recent controversy surrounding Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar after posting a clip depicting him committing violent acts against President Joe Biden and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.
Griffin said, ‘And you know that guy Paul Gosar made a video and I was in the news again? So anyway, so I guess I’m going to cancel the cancellation. I think I’m an actress again, guys.’
Griffin praised Kimmel for her loyalty since the Trump controversy.
‘By the way, you’re really, really, [one] of the people I can count on one hand who have rejected my cancellation,” she said, to which he said, “Yeah, it was ridiculous.”