Jeff Bridges opens up about battling COVID-19 during chemo

The Oscar winner told People magazine that the combination of chemo treatments and COVID-19 nearly took his life.
2:24 | 05/27/22

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Transcript for Jeff Bridges opens up about battling COVID-19 during chemo
- We want to get right to our cover story, Jeff Bridges and his wife opening up to People about the Oscar winner's harrowing health care, battling COVID during his chemo treatments. Erielle Reshef is back with all the details on Bridges's fight to survive. Good morning again, Erielle. ERIELLE RESHEF: Good morning to you-- Jeff Bridges revealing the combination of chemo and COVID nearly took his life, the actor saying after dancing with his mortality and a long stint in the hospital, he has now come out on the other side with new perspective. From his Oscar-winning performance in Crazy Heart-- - We all have to go out and find some trouble to get into. - Yeah, big trouble. ERIELLE RESHEF (VOICEOVER): --to his iconic role as the Dude in the cult classic The Big Lebowski-- - I'll be there, man. ERIELLE RESHEF (VOICEOVER): --Jeff Bridges is a master on screen. But now the 72-year-old star is opening up to People Magazine about his behind-the-scenes health crisis, a nearly fatal bout with COVID while undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. - The COVID made my cancer look like nothing, man. Because the chemo wiped out my immune system, you know, I had nothing to fight it. I had the COVID where you can't breathe well, you know. So if I had to even roll over in bed, I couldn't do that without calling a nurse to help me with the oxygen. ERIELLE RESHEF (VOICEOVER): Bridges bedridden in the hospital, unsure he'd survive. JEFF BRIDGES: You know, I was pretty close to dying. My doctor was saying, Jeff, you got to fight, man. You're not fighting. And I had no idea what he was talking about. I was in surrender mode. ERIELLE RESHEF (VOICEOVER): But fight he did. And finally, he recovered. Now he's embracing the future, grateful for the journey. - Love is the deal. You know, love the gift that you're being given. You know, love this COVID? It teaches that we're all in this together. We're connected, man. Who would think, yeah, I'd love some cancer, and give me a little dose of COVID? It really heightened my appreciation of life in a way that I hadn't experienced before. - He expresses that appreciation as only he can. And Bridges says he is feeling terrific. He says he still has his ups and downs, but he's soaking up all the good things in life, like his kids, his grandkids, and celebrating his 45th wedding anniversary with his wife. This week's issue of People Magazine is on newsstands nationwide today. And for more video, you can go to peopletv.com. Guys? - And we are happy that he is doing well. And Jeff Bridges himself is gonna join us. We're looking forward to that right here on GMA.

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