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'Bob Hearts Abishola' Star Billy Gardell Opens Up About His Weight Loss Journey

'Bob Hearts Abishola' Star Billy Gardell Opens Up About His Weight Loss Journey

Bob Hearts Abishola fans might notice that star Billy Gardell has lost a lot of weight since the start of the show in 2019.

The 53-year-old actor, who also starred on Mike & Molly, has opened up in a new interview about his weight loss journey, which has been about an 130-pound loss.

“I had to make a change,” Billy says during his appearance on The Rich Eisen Show. “I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and I was on medicine for that. I’ve struggled with my weight for my whole life.”

He continued, saying that when COVID hit, “I thought that could’ve been the end of me. They pulled up that list of conditions [of who are afflicted the most], like overweight, asthma, smoker, diabetes…I had everything except over 65.”

While Billy had been losing more weight before, he did say that after restrictions lifted, he went and did have weight loss surgery.

“I’m not saying everyone should do that, but it’s what I needed to do because I had gotten so big that it hurt to exercise,” he explained. “I do everything they tell me to do and I follow it daily and it’s a new way of life.”

Billy concluded, “It’s been a gift. I feel like I’m finally free.”

Bob Hearts Abishola, in its fourth season, airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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