Comedian Rhod Gilbert has postponed a series of live shows after discovering he needed additional surgery following cancer treatment.
Stand-up Mr Welsh, 54, announced in July that he was being treated at Velindre Cancer Center in Cardiff and would be “disappearing for a while” to focus on treatment.
On Tuesday, he said he was suffering from gallstones and recurrent gallbladder infections that “kicked like a donkey” and needed surgery at the start of the new year.
His seven January performances, at venues such as Bath and Swansea, will now be pushed back to the summer.
He wrote on Facebook: “Thank you again for all your kind words and support. As you may know, I am recovering well from my cancer treatment and can’t wait to get back to work next year. The happy days.
“On the less fun days, I was thrown another curved ball in the form of gallstones and recurrent gallbladder infections, kicked like a donkey and had to be treated in the hospital.
“I am having surgery to remove the affected gallbladder, and this is expected early in the new year.
“So I hate to do this, but I’m going to have to postpone the shows on my January tour.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on stage, but on the advice of my doctor, I’ll have to wait a little longer and we’ll be postponing the remaining seven shows.”
Prior to his diagnosis, Gilbert was a patron of the Velindre Cancer Center, where he has now had surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
The former comedian said he “never imagined” that he would be a patient there after supporting their work for so many years, but added that he knew he was “in the hands of those who the best person possible.”
A frequent guest on shows like Did I Lie to You?, QI, and Mock The Week, Gilbert also hosted Never Mind’s final series The Buzzcocks in 2015.
Gilbert thanked “each one of you for your continued patience” and added: “Rest assured, the show WILL go on.”
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