Father Ted and The IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan has revealed that he is cancer free, a day after revealing he had recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The comedy writer tweeted on Wednesday that he had undergone an operation to remove a testicle and that the next step would be chemotherapy.

However, on Thursday the 50-year-old TV writer updated his fans on his prognosis, joyously announcing: "Well, holy sh**. I just saw my oncologist. Everything’s clear. No chemo! Can’t believe it! NO CHEMO! Have been organising my life around the idea that the next three months were just *gone*!"

In a follow-up tweet, Linehan added: "Thanks to everyone who sent kind words. I’m annoyed now that I worried you all unnecessarily. AND I cancelled my Australian events. Dohhhhh.

"Still though. CANCER FREE I BE!"

He broke the news to explain why he cancelled his forthcoming comedy tour of Australia.

"I got a bit of bad news recently," he wrote. "A little touch of the old cancer. Luckily, ball cancer is one of the best ones to have (sorry, ladies!) and they got rid of it all pretty quickly, along with a ball. Bye, ball! I'll never forget the good times!

Linehan continued: "Next up is a course of chemo to make sure it doesn't come back. Not looking forward to that, obviously, but it's better than dying."

The 50-year-old comedy writer went on to give an update about the Father Ted musical, Pope Ted.

"Pope Ted is coming along nicely. It's really making us laugh," he wrote. "I'm not sure whether I'll have to stop working on it or what, but the script (sorry, 'book') is so close to being done that I can walk away from it for a while and we're still in good shape."

Graham Linehan gave an update about the Father Ted musical, Pope Ted, saying it's "really making us laugh"

Graham added: "Apologies to everyone who bought tickets to my Australian event. I'm hoping to make it back next year."

After being flooded with messages of support from his fans, he added: "Ugh, God, people are so nice. You forget sometimes. Thanks, everyone."

The writer has also worked on the popular TV series Black Books, BrassEye and The Fast Show.