Kathy Griffin, 61, reveals she is still recovering after half of her left lung was removed

‘My voice got some damage’: Kathy Griffin, 61, reveals she is still recovering after half of her left lung was removed during cancer battle

Kathy Griffin, 61, has been working on getting her voice back after her lung cancer treatment.

In her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, the comedienne said the last time she was on the show she had lung cancer which required half of her left lung to be removed.

‘My voice got some damage,’ said the TV star. ‘But I’m fine, it doesn’t hurt… and the important thing is my boobs are still fabulous,’ she said as she shook her chest which made the audience cheer.

Strong lady: Kathy Griffin, 61, has been working on getting her voice back after her lung cancer treatment

Strong lady: Kathy Griffin, 61, has been working on getting her voice back after her lung cancer treatment 

Survivor: In her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, the comedienne said the last time she was on the show she had lung cancer which required half of her left lung to be removed

 Survivor: In her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, the comedienne said the last time she was on the show she had lung cancer which required half of her left lung to be removed

Kimmel, 54, commented that her new higher-pitched voice makes the star ‘funnier’ and asked, ‘Will eventually your vocal cords stretch and your voice will deepen again?’

Kathy responded, ‘I think it’ll get back to normal, but I’m not sure. I’m still working on it. I am funnier cause I think I sound non-threatening and demure. That’s my new angle.’

The star discussed how she likes to throw celebrity dinner parties at her home and invites a variety of personalities to attend.

At a recent event, Monica Lewinsky attended and shared with Kathy that after all the controversy with Bill Clinton, Lewinsky still voted for Hillary for president.

Always funny: The actress added, ¿but I¿m fine, it doesn¿t hurt¿ and the important thing is my boobs are still fabulous¿ as she shook her torso for cheering fans in the audienc

Always funny: The actress added, ‘but I’m fine, it doesn’t hurt… and the important thing is my boobs are still fabulous’ as she shook her torso for cheering fans in the audienc

This comes after a difficult year-long recovery after revealing last August she was diagnosed with stage one lung cancer, despite never having smoked cigarettes. 

She had half of her lung removed in August 2021 and revealed three months later on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she was cancer free.

‘I’m cancer-free. I don’t know why, I had a tumor, right? And I’ve never smoked, and it was in there for 10 years,’ she said.

Work in progress: Kimmel, 54, asked, ¿will eventually your vocal cords stretch and your voice will deepen again?¿ Kathy responded, ¿I think it¿ll get back to normal, but I¿m not sure. I¿m still working on it'

Work in progress: Kimmel, 54, asked, ‘will eventually your vocal cords stretch and your voice will deepen again?’ Kathy responded, ‘I think it’ll get back to normal, but I’m not sure. I’m still working on it’ 

Fun events at home: The star discussed how she likes to throw celebrity dinner parties at her home and invites a variety of personalities to attend

Fun events at home: The star discussed how she likes to throw celebrity dinner parties at her home and invites a variety of personalities to attend

Interesting house guests: At a recent event, Monica Lewinsky attended and shared with Kathy that after all the controversy with Bill Clinton, Lewinsky still voted for Hillary for president

Interesting house guests: At a recent event, Monica Lewinsky attended and shared with Kathy that after all the controversy with Bill Clinton, Lewinsky still voted for Hillary for president 

In a candid podcast interview in March, the star discussed her previous addiction to pills and other struggles she has overcome in the wake of backlash she received after posing with a bloody effigy of then-President Donald Trump in 2017.

‘I tried to kill myself, and ended up in the psych ward,’ Kathy said during an appearance on The New York Times’ Sway podcast.

The My Life on the D-List star first revealed her pill addiction and suicide attempt in an interview with ABC News where she disclosed that she was battling stage one lung cancer.

The Emmy Award winner shared thoughts on circumstances related to her addiction saying, ‘I think — well, look, I think that I’m probably an addictive person, you know,’ Kathy said.

Honest struggles: The My Life on the D-List star first revealed her pill addiction and suicide attempt in an interview with ABC News where she disclosed that she was battling stage one lung cancer

 Honest struggles: The My Life on the D-List star first revealed her pill addiction and suicide attempt in an interview with ABC News where she disclosed that she was battling stage one lung cancer

Cancel culture: She explained that she felt adrift after being 'canceled' and losing all of her gigs in the aftermath of the controversy

Cancel culture: She explained that she felt adrift after being ‘canceled’ and losing all of her gigs in the aftermath of the controversy

‘But you have to admit, it’s almost comical. I went in the hospital for pill addiction at 59 years old. Who the hell becomes a junkie in their late 50s? Me.’

She explained that she felt adrift after being ‘canceled’ and losing all of her gigs in the aftermath of the controversy.

Kathy went on to say, ‘It just came to a point where I was convinced that I had a good run on this planet and now it’s time for me to go. It’s been good. I’ve done a lot of great stuff and so you know, it gets pretty crazy.’

Kathy said that her two suicide attempts convinced her to seek help and embrace sobriety.

‘It was the fact that I overdosed and thought I was going to die,’ she said. ‘I fell down the stairs and I just got a bunch of injuries instead.’

Strength through treatment: After telling doctors that she had attempted suicide, Kathy was admitted to the psychiatric ward on a 51/50 hold

Strength through treatment: After telling doctors that she had attempted suicide, Kathy was admitted to the psychiatric ward on a 51/50 hold

After telling doctors that she had attempted suicide, Kathy was admitted to the psychiatric ward on a 51/50 hold.

The performer explained that her thoughts of suicide went away after she went into recovery saying, ‘and so I’m there, in the hospital psych ward for three days and boy, that will sober you up like nothing. You have no drugs, you’re just shaking, and I’m looking at the ceiling and just reassessing life choices and you have nothing but your own thoughts.’

Kathy went on to say that the hospital connected her with sober clinicians who aided her in her recovery.

‘And so that really saved my life,’ she admitted. ‘Through that process, you are kind of unpacking anything and everything. Everything is kind of surrounded by that a little bit. That comes first and then you know, you can, I don’t want to say deal with the shallow career stuff but we’ll see if maybe being quote ‘canceled’ isn’t worth dying for.’

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