Actress Maura Tierney is undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from her breast.
The former ER star, 44, was reported to have fallen ill on Friday, pushing production on her new NBC TV drama Parenthood back by eight weeks to September.
The exact cause of her illness was not disclosed at the time of the initial reports, sparking rumors about what could be causing the long delay with filming.
So Tierney has spoken out to reveal the true depth of her health scare in a bid to quell “confusion and undue alarm” about her ailment, assuring fans not to worry.
She says, “In an effort to guard my privacy, it seems that the wording of NBC’s press release has unfortunately caused some confusion and undue alarm about my health.
“I have discovered a tumor in my breast which requires surgery. I will not know either my exact diagnosis or course of treatment until that surgery is performed. My doctors have all assured me this is a very treatable condition.
“I’m very optimistic as to the outcome and want to thank everyone who has sent positive thoughts and support. I look forward to going back to work soon.”
It’s the second delay to hit Parenthood’s filming schedule. In April, the pilot was put on hold for two days after NBC’s vice president Nora O’Brien died unexpectedly on the set of the show in California.
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