"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm says he's perfectly healthy, does not have throat cancer, and will undergo routine surgery next week to remove a polyp on his throat.
"It's a simple injury, something that develops on your vocal cord from overuse because I talk a lot," Hamm told the AP Sept. 26. "Other than that, I'm healthy as a horse. 'Hoarse,' get it?"
Hamm shot down rumors that he was dying from throat cancer after the National Enquirer reported that the actor had coughed up blood because of two large polyps on his throat. The story led to widespread online speculation that he's very sick and battling cancer.
Jon insisted he is fine, telling Jimmy Kimmel on Sept. 25 that alarmist tabloid reports grossly exaggerated his condition.
"I've got a polyp on my vocal cord," he said. "It sounds worse than it is, although it doesn't sound as bad as how the 'National Enquirer' reported it, which was that I was coughing up blood and probably have cancer. I was like, 'That's good to put that out there. Thanks guys.' Because you know, I cough up blood — never."
Hamm, 42, has played the dapper Don Draper on "Mad Men" since 2007. The hit TV series will wrap up its seventh and final season in 2014.
While Hamm projects a steely self-confidence, he revealed in 2010 that he had suffered from crippling depression during his twenties following the death of his father. His mother had died a decade earlier, when Hamm was 10 years old. He overcame his depression with therapy and antidepressants, and has been doing well ever since.