Comedian Janey Godley bravely reveals battle with ovarian cancer from hospital bed

By Sara-Aisha Kent

Comedian Janey Godley has revealed that she has ovarian cancer.

She shared the news on social media, tweeting a picture of herself in a hospital bed.

Janey, 60, tweeted: “Sorry but my last weekend of the tour can’t go ahead in Edinburgh and Musselburgh as I am in hospital with ovarian cancer – look after each other. #MentalHealthMatters”

Below the message several fans sent kind messages to Jane.

One penned: "Take care, Janey. My very best wishes."

Another added: "Oh Janey, hope it was cought early! Stay positive, looking forward to seeing you on the stage in not too distant future.."

Janey Godley has revealed that she has ovarian cancer (Twitter)

A third joined in: "Oh Janey I am so sorry. That’s absolutely awful. I am hoping you receive terrific care and recover well. You are such a ray of sunshine, no-one can make me spit out my coffee like you. I will be thinking of you and hoping good things happen."

More sent: "So sorry to hear this news Janey. Sending all my love and good wishes to you" and "Much love to you and I hope you can beat it! You are a strong and beautiful woman, you got this."

Godley was due to appear at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on Friday and The Brunton in Musselburgh on Saturday.

The comedian found viral fame with her dubbed pastiches of Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus-1>coronavirus news briefings during the pandemic.

The comedian's fans have rallied around her online (JaneyGodley/Twitter)

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She featured in Scottish Government coronavirus adverts but they were pulled after offensive tweets by her came to light following an investigation by the Daily Beast website.

The news broke soon after the Covid-19 ads featuring Ms Godley, for which she was paid £12,000, were released.

Godley has profusely apologised for the tweets and donated the fee she was paid by the Scottish Government to charity.

At the time she released a statement on Twitter, reading: “There are tweets from my past social media that are horridly offensive, I believe in progress not perfection and I am far from perfect. People have every right to go through my social media and see what values I hold and to find hurtful phrases and statements is shocking, I am deeply sorry to everyone I offended.

“Comedy is no excuse to use disgusting and hurtful words that affect people and I know many of you expected better of me. I apologise for every single word that upset people, I should have blocked and reported the accounts that threatened me and not replied with abhorrent heckles."

The comedian added: “There are fake tweets created to damage my reputation but the ones I wrote I take responsibility for.

“During this pandemic, I tried to keep everyone's spirits up and I will continue to do my best to keep that going.”


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