Billy Connolly has apologised to fans for depressing them with comments he made about his health in a recent documentary.
Connolly, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013, said in a two-part BBC documentary which aired last week in the UK that his life was “slipping away” and that he was “near the end”.
But Connolly backtracked on his comments in a video released by his wife Pamela Stephenson on Twitter this morning.
“Not dying, not dead, not slipping away,” the comedian said in the video while playing the banjo. “Sorry if I depressed you. Maybe I should have phrased it better.”
In the Made In Scotland documentary, Connolly said: “I have got Parkinson’s and I am at the wrong end of the telescope of life.
“I’m near the end but it doesn’t frighten me. It’s an adventure and it’s quite interesting to see myself slipping away. Bits slip off and leave me. Talents leave and attributes leave.”
The Scottish comedian said that he doesn’t have the same balance, energy, hearing, sight or memory that he used to.
“It’s like somebody is in charge of you and they’re saying, ‘Right, I added all these bits when you were a youth and now it’s time to subtract,’” he said in the documentary.
Connolly’s assurance on Twitter that he is “not slipping away” was received with delight from his many fans around the world.
Oh my goodness….thank you so much Billy. I really needed that becaue I have been feeling very miserable. Keep punching mate! The world loves you.
— B.F (@aus99a) January 6, 2019
Love it. He’s looking wonderful. I was in tears last night with the 2nd instalment of Made in Scotland.
— 🏴🍀C3lticghirl🍀🏴 (@C3lticghirl) January 5, 2019
He said what he felt in the moment and it was honest. It’s brave and true to lament the loss of health and vigour. Never apologise Billy. You’re loved in your every incarnation.
— Maire Freel (@MaireFreel) January 5, 2019
Originally published as Connolly assures fans he’s ‘not dying’