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Robin Gibb announces 'spectacular' recovery from colon cancer

February 3, 2012 |  3:43 pm

Robin Gibb in 2010

Robin Gibb is back in good health, he said Friday, eager to start gaining some weight and preparing for his classical concert debut coming in April.

Gibb, whose twin brother Maurice died at 53 of twisted intestine caused by a congenital defect shared by Robin, set the record straight after recently battling a condition widely reported to be cancer.

"It's all simple," he told BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright on Friday (via the Daily Mail). "I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon. It was removed. And I've been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words 'the results have been spectacular.' "

After Gibb was rushed to the hospital suffering from abdominal pain in November, the Ministry of Gossip passed along a Sunday Mirror account alleging Gibb had liver cancer. According to the Sun, the singer later issued a statement saying he was being treated for inflammation of the colon.

Only last month, his spokesman told the BBC, "Robin is responding well to treatment and we are very upbeat about his recovery. As always chemotherapy has taken its toll, but Robin feels good."

About his shockingly thin appearance, Gibb said no worries -- his appetite is great again and he's looking forward to gaining some weight.

"I love food, I love eating," he told the BBC, adding, "I've always been thin. If you go back to when we first started I've always been skinny. It's hard for me to put on weight."

The singer and prolific songwriter, who enjoyed massive worldwide fame as part of the Bee Gees with Maurice and older brother Barry Gibb, will make his classical music concert debut in April. Robin Gibb will lead a performance of "The Titanic Requiem," a new work composed by him and his son, RJ, on the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. 

Hear a bit of "The Titanic Requiem" as it was recorded, and see the two collaborators discussing the project, in the video below."Jive Talkin'," this ain't.



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— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Robin Gibb on "American Idol" in May 2010. Credit: Vince Bucci / Fox

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Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers reunite after 30 years, talk Ritter

Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers reunited recently for the first time in 30 years, sitting down for the Thursday episode of Somers' "Breaking Through" Web series, revisiting their "Three's Company" time together and remembering their last conversations with John Ritter -- plus a couple other sexy somethings about their former costar.

It was a chat DeWitt ultimately pegged as "unexpected, way cool, pretty wonderful," while Somers dubbed it "a teaching moment in reconciliation and resolution."

"I do want you to know how much I learned from watching you, and I do want you to know how awed by all your 'subtext,' which I'd never heard the word," the one with the business mind (Somers) told the one with the drama training (DeWitt). "And you're the first person who told me we were doing farce, and at first I thought we were talking about farts or something but ... I really didn't know anything."

PHOTOS: Thirty years ago

DeWitt said she never thought the producers would let Somers go after five years, and the two agreed that those in charge "could not respect the feminine contribution" -- meaning, could not see why the men and women on the show should be paid equally.

Whatever the women's "ick" may have been that kept them apart over the years, they put it aside for the three-part webisode (part two is above, part one below). Warmly remembering Ritter, who died suddenly in September 2003, they praised his comedic gifts and then got down to business, discussing his possible, ahem, liaisons on set.

"I think Jonathan and a lot of our guest stars," um, ya-know ya-know, DeWitt hinted.

"No!," said a shocked Somers. "No!"

"That's what I got told later."

"Well, John was very horny," Somers conceded. "I mean, like, the horniest guy I've ever known, but it all seemed very innocent. I guess not!"



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— Christie D'Zurilla