‘Better Call Saul’ star Bob Odenkirk speaks out for the first time since his hospitalization

Bob Odenkirk, pictured in February 2020.
Bob Odenkirk, pictured in February 2020. John Lamparski/Getty Images
  • Actor Bob Odenkirk spoke out for the first time since his hospitalization on Tuesday.
  • The “Better Call Saul” star confirmed in a tweet on Friday that he had a “small heart attack.”
  • “I’m going to take a beat to recover but I’ll be back soon,” Odenkirk wrote.
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“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk spoke out on Friday for the first time since his sudden hospitalization on Tuesday after collapsing on set.

“Hi. It’s Bob. Thank you,” Odenkirk tweeted. “To my family and friends who have surrounded me this week. And for the outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for me. It’s overwhelming. But I feel the love and it means so much.”

The actor said in a follow-up tweet on Friday that he had a “small heart attack,” and after a successful stint at the hospital, is recovering. He added that the doctors were able to fix the blockage behind the attack “without surgery.”

Odenkirk had collapsed on Tuesday while filming “Better Call Saul” in New Mexico and had to be hospitalized for several days. A day later, the actor’s representatives said in an email statement to Insider that Odenkirk was in “stable condition,” while his son tweeted, “He’s going to be okay.”

Shortly after news broke about Odenkirk’s hospitalization, friends and fans shared supportive messages on social media wishing the actor a speedy recovery.

Odenkirk’s “Breaking Bad” costar Bryan Cranston wrote on Instagram on Wednesday that the news had made him “anxious all morning.”

“Please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers his way, thank you,” Cranston captioned a photo of himself and Odenkirk.

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Carter Bays, who worked with Odenkirk on the popular sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” praised the actor as “gracious and humble” in a tweet.

“Imagine writing comedy for a guy who’s better at writing comedy than you will ever be,” Bays wrote.

Odenkirk’s “Mr. Show” cocreator and costar David Cross also shared a Twitter statement about the actor on Wednesday.

“He WILL get through this,” wrote Cross.

Odenkirk is best known for his role as Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” and for the sketch-comedy show “Mr. Show With Bob and David.” He most recently starred in the action film “Nobody.”