Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Veep actress shared this sad news on Twitter today. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis-Dreyfus received the diagnosis last week, just one day after her historic win at the Emmys. On Sept. 17, Louis-Dreyfus took home the award for best actress in a comedy series, making her the performer who has won the most Emmys for the same role. On Sept. 18, she learned that she has breast cancer.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Louis-Dreyfus wrote, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one. The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
HBO said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that it will adjust the production schedule for Veep Season 7 as needed. It had previously been reported that Veep might return later than expected next year, i.e. during or after June 2018. HBO also said today that this news did not affect the decision to end Veep with the upcoming seventh season.
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO said. “We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ co-stars are already expressing their love and support for her after the announcement, including Tony Hale, who plays her personal assistant on the series.
We love this woman. pic.twitter.com/EqvF6HXpj0
— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) September 28, 2017
After again winning the award for best actress in a comedy series at the Emmys this year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus thanked her cast and crew before joking about the potential impeachment of Donald Trump.
“We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we abandoned that because we were worried that someone else might get to it first,” Louis-Dreyfus said.
Veep also took home the Emmy for outstanding comedy series that night for the third year in a row. This came after it had been announced that the show would be ending next year.
“Let’s face it, this has been a role of a lifetime,” Louis-Dreyfus said at the time.