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Tierney talks about ‘Parenthood’ delay

Actress releases statement regarding health

“Parenthood” star Maura Tierney released a statement Monday, elaborating on what caused the frosh drama to be pushed into midseason.

Tierney said she recently discovered a tumor in her breast, which required surgery. Decision to release more information about her health came as the production shutdown on “Parenthood” led to much speculation about the state of the actress’ well-being.

“In an effort to guard my privacy, it seems that the wording of NBC’s press release has unfortunately caused some confusion and undue alarm about my health,” Tierney said. “I have discovered a tumor in my breast which requires surgery. I will not know either my exact diagnosis or course of treatment until that surgery is performed. My doctors have all assured me this is a very treatable condition. I’m very optimistic as to the outcome and want to thank everyone who has sent positive thoughts and support. I look forward to going back to work soon.”

NBC and Tierney’s reps declined to elaborate last Friday on what was ailing Tierney. But producers Universal Media Studios and Imagine TV said that they opted to postpone the start of the show’s production by eight weeks “due to medical evaluation” that Tierney is undergoing.

“The top priority for NBC, Universal Media Studios and Imagine Television is the well-being of Ms. Tierney,” the network said.

With “Parenthood” pushed to midseason, Peacock moved up the launch of hospital drama “Mercy,” which had been slated for midseason, to fall.

In “Parenthood,” Tierney plays a cash-strapped single mother who moves with her teenage kids back into her childhood home.

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