Stephen Fry is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and said “it all seemed to go pretty well”.
The broadcaster, who had his operation in early January, said on his website: “They took the prostate out,” adding: “So far as we know it’s all been got.”
He said it was an “aggressive” cancer and surgeons removed 11 lymph nodes.
He said his family and “my darling, darling husband” were “just marvellous” and that the few friends who knew had been “very discreet and kind about it”.
“You have to recover and that’s what I’ve been doing,” he added.
“For the moment I’m fit and well and happy and I just wanted to let you know because rumours had started to swirl… I thought before the gossip gets silly and ill-informed I might as well come clean.
“Here’s hoping I’ve got another few years left on this planet because I enjoy life at the moment and that’s a marvellous thing to be able to say, and I’d rather it didn’t go away.”
He added that had to get used to the idea, saying: “I went around saying to myself, I’ve got cancer. Good heavens, Stephen, you’re not the sort of person who gets cancer.
“I know it’s an old cliche but you don’t think it’s going to happen to you.”