Comedian Rhod Gilbert announced Thursday night that he is battling cancer in a statement released to social media.
The Welsh star, 53, revealed he is being treated by the same Cardiff cancer center of which he is a patron, while praising it National Health Service for their incredible service.
Rhod didn’t reveal what type of cancer he was diagnosed with, but said he was in the “best hands possible.”
Difficult news: Comedian Rhod Gilbert announced he has cancer in a statement posted to social media on Thursday night
addressing Facebook He wrote to followers: “As a proud patron of Velindre Cancer Center, I’ve traveled the world hosting messy quizzes and star-studded comedy nights. I have met and befriended so many inspiring staff, patients and their families. It’s been a big part of my life for the last ten years.
“While I never thought I would be a patient here, I know better than anyone that I am in the best possible hands.
“The NHS care I receive is incredible. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone… but who knows, maybe I’ll come out the other end with a new stand-up show and a 40-minute tirade about orange squash.
‘Thank you all for your support over the last few weeks and months (and years). I will be gone for a while and not comment further, at least not right now while I focus on my recovery.”
Sad: The Welsh star, 53, revealed he is being treated by the same Cardiff cancer center he serves as a patron and praised the National Health Service for their incredible service
After previously canceling shows due to problems with his throat, he paused his Book of John book tour last week.
Rhod was inundated with messages of support from fans in the comments section of his cancer announcement post, with one writing: “Rhod sends you many well wishes and hopes you make a steady recovery. For now, hugs my friend.
Another added: “Wishing you lots of love and strength in your upcoming treatment. I hope you recover quickly and get a new stage show from the experience!! xxx’.
“Wishing you a speedy recovery, RHOD. Sending love and hugs from Cornwall. Very much looking forward to seeing you back on stage,” wrote a third.
Star: He has taken part in a number of initiatives to raise funds for the Velindre Cancer Center in Cardiff. In 2013 he took part in a trek and his journey was documented on the TV show Rhod v Kilimanjaro (pictured).
The has taken part in a number of initiatives over the years to raise funds for Velindre Cancer Center in Cardiff.
In 2013 he took part in a trek in Kenya and his journey was documented in the TV show Rhod v Kilimanjaro.
In addition, Rhod led a trek to Patagonia in 2015 and undertook further treks in Peru in 2019 and 2022, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the center.
Love: Rhod was inundated with messages of support from fans in the comments to his post about cancer
The comedian announced last week that dates after July 9 in Swansea, Hereford, Yeovil and Truro would be rescheduled for his book tour.
He said at the time: “As many of you know, I have been struggling with pain in my neck and throat for the past few months. I received treatment and continued touring where possible.
“I had sincerely hoped to be able to go ahead with all appointments as planned, but I’m afraid that won’t be possible. I’m due for surgery next week and will be hanging off my boots for a while while I recover.”
On the postponement, he said he’s working on moving the shows to early 2023.
Rhod had done around 200 Book of John shows and added, “I’m really disappointed that we couldn’t do the last seven shows as planned, but rest assured we will do whatever it takes to finish what we started.” to have. ‘
In early 2020, Rhod learned to be a caregiver as part of his Work Experience series, where he mentored various people working in different jobs.
He said the idea of filming an episode of nurses had been in his head for a long time as he wanted to highlight the important role nurses play.
Art: In early 2020, Rhod learned to be a caregiver as part of his Work Experience series, where he mentored various people working in different jobs
Filming was halted by the pandemic and he told Wales Online when the series returned: “We were halfway through filming so we couldn’t finish the series so some of the episodes aren’t ready to air yet.
“But we finished the maintainer episode and it was decided to release it earlier than planned because we all felt the timing was right.”
Career-wise, in 2020 he hosted a brand new series for Comedy Central – Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains and invited special guests to join him on a journey down memory lane.
Big name: Career-wise, in 2020 he hosted a brand new series for Comedy Central – Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains and invited special guests to join him on a journey down memory lane
Funny: He regularly hosts Have I Got News For You? and hosted a series of BBC Two’s iconic music quiz ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ (pictured top row, second left on ‘Would I Lie To You?’).
He hosted three series of the hugely popular BBC Two show You’re Fired, in which he interviewed outgoing contestants and gave a light-hearted look at the events of The Apprentice.
He regularly hosts Have I Got News For You? and has hosted a series of BBC Two’s legendary music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks and two episodes of Ask Rhod Gilbert – his own panel show for BBC One.
Rhod has been married to Welsh writer Sian Harries since 2013.
Popular: He has also hosted three series of the BBC Two show You’re Fired, in which he interviews outgoing contestants and takes a light-hearted look at the events of The Apprentice
Love life: Rhod has been married to Welsh writer Sian Harries since 2013 (pictured together in 2020)