Kathy Griffin Reveals Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Says She ‘Never’ Smoked

LOS ANGELES - SEP 22: Kathy Griffin at the HBO Emmy Party at the Pacific Design Center on September 22, 2019 in West Hollywood, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos

Kathy Griffin underwent surgery Monday to remove part of her lung after revealing she has lung cancer.

The actress and comedian posted details about her diagnosis in a statement on Twitter.

“I’ve got to tell you guys something. I have cancer. I’m about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I’ve never smoked!” her statement began. “The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung. Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.”

Griffin then referenced the backlash she faced four years ago over a controversial picture mocking then-President Donald Trump.

“It’s been a helluva 4 years, trying to get back to work, making you guys laugh and entertaining you, but I’m gonna be just fine,” she added.

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Several celebs sent well-wishes to the Suddenly Susan actress. Comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted: “You’re a fighter. Cancer doesn’t have a chance!”

Loni Love wrote on Twitter: “Healing prayers for you .. I’m so sorry @kathygriffin.”

Valerie Bertinelli posted on the platform: “Sending you so much love and healing, sweet lady.”

Griffin, 60, plans to offer more information about her diagnosis when she appears in an interview tonight with Juju Chang on ABC’s Nightline.

The comedian made headlines back in 2017, following outrage for posing in a photo with a fake severed head that resembled Trump. She said she was later contacted by the Secret Service and received death threats from angry Trump supporters.

Griffin tells Nightline in preview clip, she had pill addiction and attempted suicide in 2020 following the controversy.

“The detox was nasty,” she says. “I mean, it was months. I mean, the tremors … and the flop sweat, and I was so unsteady. Like, when I would brush my teeth, my husband had to hold my hips so I wouldn’t fall over.”