Kathy Griffin Announces She Is ‘Cancer-Free’ After Lung Removal
Kathy Griffin gave an exuberant interview to Jimmy Kimmel where she spoke about everything from her 2017 cancelation to her new love of Gucci tracksuits. The 61-year-old Emmy-winning comedian began by addressing the change in her voice due to her recent lung removal operation, which she fearlessly riffed on by quipping that her voice now sounds like “Minnie Mouse meets Marilyn Monroe.” Despite the difficult healing process ahead of her, Griffin proclaimed she is, “cancer-free” to the cheering audience.
Griffin warned the audience of getting sick as a comedian. She recounted a story of a doctor trying to test out his material on her when she visited to learn about how half her lung was going to be removed. According to Griffin, he said the lung was, “kind of like a balloon… When we take it out, it kind of looks like a used condom.'”
Griffin spoke about her slow return from “cancellation” after causing controversy in 2017 for posing for a photo with a model of then-President Donald Trump‘s decapitated head. Griffin was questioned by the Secret Service, fired from multiple shows and attacked heavily by the GOP after the incident. Griffin acknowledged that Kimmel was one of the only people who rejected her cancellation outright, saying that she could count that number of people, “on one hand.”
Griffin finally discussed her recurring role in the 5th season of HBO Max’s Search Party. She joked that younger Search Party viewers, “don’t know I’m a terrorist, you know the MAGAs think I’m a terrorist?” She noted that her conspiracist character got her interested in learning about QAnon and other online conspiracy groups. Griffin was nearly fired from the job because she was so interested in QAnon that she ranted to the producers for hours about it.
Griffin also shared a photo of her recent small wedding to her longtime boyfriend Randy Bick, which was officiated by Lily Tomlin.
Search Party season 5 premieres on January 7, 2022.
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