Christina Applegate: I Avoided Hugs


Oct. 10 2008, Published 10:08 a.m. ET

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In order to keep her breast cancer diagnosis a secret, Christina Applegate says she told those in her inner circle to shield her from contact for weeks.

"I told my make-up and hair people and people that are really close to me just so I had a protection wall so that no one was pushing me," Christina told Ellen DeGeneres on her show today.

While she returned to the set for weeks after her double-mastectomy, Christina, who revealed her diagnosis in August, hid her cancer from others and was reluctant to hug people.

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"But now I'm good. I'll grab you," she told Ellen.

"I'm going to hug you a bunch during this commercial break," responded the daytime host.

The Samantha Who? star says she's feeling better now, and is cancer-free. She was nominated for an Emmy this year for her starring role on the show, and won an Emmy in the past for a guest role on Friends.


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