Saturday Night Live’s Chris Kattan has confirmed that he underwent emergency surgery after battling severe pneumonia.
The 52-year-old comedian was hospitalized on Sunday after being recently diagnosed with pneumonia.
When Kattan arrived at the hospital, it was determined that he needed emergency surgery. According to reports, the operation was a success and he is expected to be released on Friday.
A source close to Kattan said Thursday that Kattan is “doing well” and is “still on pace to be released tomorrow.”
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Kattan’s girlfriend, Maria Libri, shared a photo of herself with the “Undercover Brother” star on Instagram on Thursday.
“This sweet, sweet man of mine is on the road to recovery after a severe pneumonia scare,” she wrote, adding a few red heart emojis.
“He’s always taken care of us, now it’s our turn to take care of him @chriskattanofficial.”
The comic was scheduled to perform two shows Friday at the Market Lounge & Comedy Club in Valparaiso, Indiana. The comedy club announced the cancellation of the shows on Wednesday and shared a statement from Kattan’s rep.
“Due to a medical emergency, Chris has to reschedule his shows this week,” the statement read. “He’s in the hospital now and doing well, but won’t be on stage for a few weeks. He’s deeply sorry he couldn’t make it, but can’t wait to come to Indiana on the date to be announced. Hurry up!”
“If you have purchased tickets, they will automatically be rescheduled for the new date and if you are unable to make it, you will be offered a full refund.”
Kattan starred on SNL from 1996 to 2003. In 2017, while competing on Dancing With the Stars, Kattan revealed that he had broken his neck doing a stunt a few years earlier.
In his 2019 memoir, Don’t Hurt Me Baby: Stories and Scars from Saturday Night Live, Kattan noted that the injury occurred during a sketch on the NBC comedy series in 2001. He said he suffered a series of health complications after the accident and required five surgeries, two of which were paid for by NBC.
An NBC spokeswoman told Variety the network had no record of the lawsuit and declined to comment further.
In February, Kattan shocked Celebrity Big Brother fans when she abruptly left the show after just two weeks into Season 3. The comedian later addressed speculation that his departure was due to his inability to take part in the physical challenges of the show. injury
“I’m fine,” he told Global TV. “I’m good for working on other projects. Riding up and down a deer can do something to your neck and it’s something to watch out for, but other than that, I’ve been doing physical work.”
Kattan explained that he left the show because it was too difficult for him to be separated from his family and friends on the outside.
“It’s not easy to be cut off from the outside world. People from the outside can’t communicate with you. I had family problems. My stepfather is very sick, I couldn’t find out how he was doing. It was difficult,” he told the publication.
However, Kattan said he has developed strong friendships with the other contestants and plans to stay in touch.
“They really wanted me to stay,” Cattaton said with a laugh. “They definitely wanted me to stay because we got along really well. I get along with everybody. They’re friends for life.”