Six years of chain smoking on the set of AMC’s hit show Mad Men has finally caught up to series star Jon Hamm, who is reportedly undergoing surgery to remove a polyp from his throat.
The 42-year-old actor’s reps confirmed that he will undergo throat surgery next week after apparently coughing up blood recently and visiting a doctor. One rep called it a “routine outpatient procedure to remove a single polyp from his throat.”
This contradicts earlier reports that Hamm needed surgery to remove two poylps from his throat.
According to Life & Style, his Mad Men co-stars are already in on the surgery, with January Jones apparently talking about it at the Governors Ball after a party Sunday night.
They seemed a bit more concerned with fantasy football than Hamm’s surgery or the ball, according to one source. “They were less interested in the ball and more excited about their fantasy league. January was asking, ‘Who’s going on Monday night?’”
I’m sorry, now I’m in fan-ville imagining the cast of Mad Men holding a fantasy football draft one Saturday afternoon every season under a haze of cigarette smoke.
Speaking of cigarettes, the amount of smoking Hamm does on the set of the show likely doesn’t have anything to do with his throat surgery. Series creator Matthew Wiener has said that he doesn’t like his actors to smoke because they get sick.
Hamm and the gang actually smoke herbal cigarettes without nicotine or tobacco. He hates them, too.
“[They’re] Terrible. They taste like a mixture between pot and soap,” he told Vulture back in 2008.
He did smoke in real life, but quit around age 24. Polyps are pretty common among people who use their voice a lot, like actors and singers.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Jon Hamm!