John Cleese offers to auction colon bits

LONDON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- British comic John Cleese says he is undergoing colon surgery and will auction off pieces cut out to help pay his medical bills.

The "Monty Python" alum made the tongue-in-cheek announcement on his Web site this week, reported Wednesday.


In a letter to his fans, Cleese, 65, writes he is suffering from diverticulosis, in which little pockets of his colon are inflamed.

He writes: "The infected bit, which has been cut out by the surgeon, will be offered for sale on the Web site in the next few days. Proceeds from the sale will be divided between JC" -- Cleese, not Christ -- "and the very nice surgeon."

Cleese provided the voice for the animated animal comedy, "Valiant," which opens Friday.

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