Father Ted creator Graham Linehan now ‘cancer free’



A day after he revealed he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, Father Ted creator Graham Linehan has shared his joy and surprise that he is actually cancer free.

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On Wednesday the 50-year-old told his Twitter followers he had undergone surgery to have a testicle removed, and that he would be having a course of chemotherapy.

However, he has now told his fans: “Well, holy s***. I just saw my oncologist. Everything’s clear. No chemo! Can’t believe it! NO CHEMO! Have been organising my life around the idea that the next three months were just *gone*!”

In a second tweet, the Irish writer added: “Thanks to everyone who sent kind words. I’m annoyed now that I worried you all unnecessarily. AND I cancelled my Australian events. Dohhhhh.

“Still though. CANCER FREE I BE!”

Linehan originally told his 697,000 followers that he had “got a bit of bad news recently”, and that he had a “little touch of the old cancer”.

“Luckily, ball cancer is one of the best ones to have (sorry, ladies!) and they got rid of it all pretty quickly, along with a ball. Bye, ball! I’ll never forget the good times!” he added.

The writer, who is also known for creating sitcoms The IT Crowd and Black Books, assured fans that the musical version of Father Ted, Pope Ted, is “coming along nicely”.

The music is being penned by Neil Hannon, who is best known as the frontman of orchestral pop band The Divine Comedy.

Linehan apologised to Australian fans who had bought tickets to an event he was due to host later this year, and said he hopes to return in 2019.

“So that’s the story,” he said.


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