Bob Odenkirk, who collapsed on Tuesday on the New Mexico set of “Better Call Saul,” is in stable condition, according to his representatives.
On Wednesday afternoon, Odenkirk’s team issued this statement:
“We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident. He and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side. The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery.”
Odenkirk was in production on the sixth and final season of AMC’s “Better Call Saul” when the incident occurred on Tuesday. As Variety reported last night, the show’s crew called an ambulance, and Odenkirk was taken to a hospital. There has been outpouring of support — and worry — from fans, as well as former co-stars Bryan Cranston and David Cross.
Odenkirk, 58, has played the character of Saul Goodman since Season 2 of the Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” in 2009. Since its 2015 premiere, its spinoff prequel, “Better Call Saul,” has traced the character’s transformation from the somewhat hapless, slightly shady Jimmy McGill to the corrupt (yet hilarious) Saul Goodman audiences met in “Breaking Bad.” He has been nominated for four lead actor in a drama Emmys for “Better Call Saul.” The industry veteran is widely respected in the creative community as a hard-working pro.
Odenkirk began his career as a comedy writer, writing for “Saturday Night Live” in the late 1980s. Odenkirk then worked as both a writer and actor on the ahead-of-its-time “Ben Stiller Show,” where he met Cross, who became his comedic partner. The two created the beloved “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” which ran on HBO for four seasons from 1995 to 1998. A prolific actor, writer and producer, Odenkirk recently starred in the movie thriller “Nobody.” Friends of Odenkirk noted that he had worked with a trainer for the action movie and had remained in strong physical condition.
On Friday, Cross tweeted that he’d just spoken with Odenkirk, saying, “he’s doing great!”
Cross promised that fans will be hearing Odenkirk “soon,” and that’s he’s been “overwhelmed with the outpouing of love and concern.”
Just got off the phone with Bob and he's doing great! Joking and japing and joshing. Both he and his family are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and concern everyone has shown. You will be hearing from him soon. But he's doing really well!!!
— david cross✍ (@davidcrosss) July 30, 2021
The final season of “Better Call Saul” is expected to premiere in early 2022. In a statement, AMC Networks expressed heartfelt concern for the star of the most prestigious drama series at present.
“Bob is someone we have known and been lucky enough to work with for a long time. The immediate outpouring of affection and concern from fans around the world is a clear reflection of his immense talents and ability to both move and entertain people,” AMC said. “Like everyone else, we are so grateful to know he is in stable condition and receiving excellent care. We are holding him close in our thoughts and wishing for a fast and full recovery.”
In a statement, Sony Pictures Television said: “Bob has been a part of our Sony Pictures family for many years and we are fortunate to be able to work with such a uniquely talented, incredible human being. Along with the millions of fans and supporters around the world, we are keeping him and his family in our thoughts and wishing him all the best in his recovery.”
This story has been updated with new developments.