Monty Python Icon Eric Idle On Joining The Masked Singer As A Cancer Survivor, And Performing For The Queen And King Charles

The Masked Singer kicked off Season 8 in a grand way and had a night that featured multiple eliminations and some major stars. Audiences saw The Knight revealed as William Shatner, and Monty Python’s Eric Idle ended up being The Hedgehog (check out our running list of Season 8 reveals here). Following his unmasking, Eric Idle spoke with CinemaBlend about choosing The Masked Singer to reveal his survival of pancreatic cancer, and recalled his past performances for the late Queen Elizabeth and new King Charles.

Eric Idle is no stranger to singing on a big stage, but there was something different about appearing on The Masked Singer. This performance happened after Idle successfully battled pancreatic cancer, which he publicly revealed for the first time following his elimination in the Season 8 series premiere. Idle, who was first diagnosed in 2019 and underwent surgery to treat it, spoke about why he decided to go public with the information after appearing on The Masked Singer:

Well, you know you’re going to be interviewed and you pitch your thing, ‘I’m selling a book,’ or whatever you’re in and I thought well this is really a perfect opportunity for me to unmask myself as a survivor of pancreatic cancer and spread some good news to people because they’re interested. It’s encouraging to know some people actually survive this thing now and we’re doing very well. So I thought I will do that and I’ll start a Bright Side fund to try and raise money so we can put it into research and early testing. So I partnered with Stand Up To Cancer, and that’s what I’m doing. It’s an opportunity to do a bit of good, to encourage people, to spread the good news, and to raise some money for research.

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