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Graham Linehan: Father Ted creator is given cancer all-clear

image captionLinehan said his cancer was "one of the best ones to have"

Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan has been given the all-clear following his testicular cancer diagnosis.

He told Twitter followers he had seen his oncologist on Thursday and was told "everything's clear".

The previous day, he had revealed his diagnosis to his Twitter followers.

Linehan added they "got rid of it all pretty quickly, along with a ball" and he would undergo a course of chemo. However, he has now been told that is not necessary.

"No chemo! Can't believe it! NO CHEMO!" he wrote. "Have been organising my life around the idea that next three months were just gone!"

The Irishman has thanked his fans for their messages of support.

"Thanks to everyone who sent kind words," he wrote. "I'm annoyed now that I worried you all unnecessarily. AND I cancelled my Australian events. Dohhhhh. Still though. CANCER FREE I BE!"

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image captionFather Ted ran on Channel 4 from 1995 to 1998

He had previously apologised to Australian fans who had bought tickets to an event he was due to host later this year, saying he was "hoping to make it back next year".

"I'm hoping to make it back next year," he said, telling his fans not to worry if there were "moments of quiet" from him in the months ahead.

Linehan, who created Father Ted with Arthur Mathews, confirmed earlier this month that they were writing a musical version of the show with The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon.

Writing on Wednesday, Linehan said the show was "coming along nicely".

Irish comedian Dara O Briain was among those to offer support, joking that Linehan would be "sleeker through water" as a result of his surgery.

"You seem to be taking this all in your stride, which is all the more impressive, given how tricky striding must be," joked the actor Rufus Hound.

According to the NHS, about 2,200 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK.

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