Kathy Griffin Recalls Being ‘So Unstable’ Amid ‘Nasty’ Drug Detox, Talks Cancer Diagnosis



  • Kathy Griffin said the detoxification process she went through for her painkiller addiction was “annoying” and took months
  • Griffin revealed that her withdrawal symptoms were tremors and beads of sweat
  • The comedian admitted she was still “a bit in shock” after being diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago

Kathy Griffin opens up about her painkiller addiction and recovery for the first time.

The 60-year-old comedian discussed a wide variety of topics in an interview with fellow anchor Juju Chang on ABC News’ “Nightline,” including her recent lung cancer diagnosis, mental health journey, her addiction to pills, a suicide attempt and sobriety. In one clip of the sit-down obtained by People, Griffin told about the detoxification process she was undergoing.
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“The detox was nasty,” she said. “I mean, it was… [going on for] months.”

Griffin revealed that her withdrawal symptoms include tremors and drops of sweat. Her struggle came to a point where she needed her husband’s support to keep her balance.

“I was so unsteady,” she continued. “Like, if I brush my teeth, my husband [Randy Bick] had to hold onto my hips to keep from falling over. It was crazy.”

When Chang noted that she was “deep,” the Emmy winner replied: “[It was a] bad detox – bad detox.”

In another clip, Griffin said she was diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks ago, as she talked about the moment she learned about her condition.

“Really a few days ago — I think two weeks ago — I was diagnosed with cancer,” she said. “As a friend of mine had said, ‘How many steps in the nuts can you take?’ My nuts are pretty strong, but it’s a challenge.”

The “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” continued: “I was absolutely in shock. I’m still a bit in shock – not denial, but once a day I will just turn to like, no one next to me and go, ‘Can you believe this? Is this a bra or what?’”

Prior to her interview, the comedian announced her cancer diagnosis via social media.

In a message on TwitterGriffin wrote, “I have cancer. I’m about to have surgery to remove half of my left lung. Yes, I have lung cancer, even though I’ve never smoked!”

Griffin added that doctors were “optimistic” that her condition would improve in a few months and that she hopes she won’t have to undergo the usual cancer treatment after her surgery.

“The doctors are very optimistic because it’s phase one and includes my left lung,” she continued. “Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this, and I should be able to function normally with my breathing. I should be running around as usual in a month or less. It’s been a damn 4 years, trying to get back to work, leaving you boys laugh and entertain you, but I’ll be fine.”

She went on to reveal that she had already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and encouraged others to keep up to date with their medical checkups.

“Please keep up with your medical checkups. It will save your life,” she concluded.

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Kathy Griffin hosted a dinner party for Kris Jenner, Melanie Griffith and Rita Wilson just hours after she posted the controversial headless photo of Donald Trump. Pictured: Griffin speaks during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Photo: Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown

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