Christina Applegate Makes First Public Appearance With MS Diagnosis


Christina Applegate attended her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Monday, Nov. 14, notably marking the Emmy winner’s first public appearance since announcing her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in the spring of 2021. Applegate was originally set to receive her star on the 2020 Walk of Fame, but the pandemic delayed the ceremony. She announced her MS diagnosis on Twitter in 2021 during the production of the third and final season of her Netflix comedy ‘Dead to Me’.

Prior to Applegate’s performance, she was honored at the Walk of Fame ceremony by her “Married…with Children” co-stars Katey Sagal and David Faustino. Sagal choked as she told Applegate, “You’re not alone. We’re all here.’ Applegate’s “Dead to Me” co-star Linda Cardellini and creator Liz Feldman were also on hand to pay tribute to Applegate.

Applegate took the stage at the Walk of Fame ceremony, assisted by Sagal, who remained onstage with her during her speech. Applegate burst into tears as she spoke about her daughter and thanked her for supporting her through her MS diagnosis.

“The most important person in this world is my daughter,” Applegate said. “You are so much more than even you know. You are so beautiful and kind and smart and interesting. I am blessed every day that I wake up and take you to school…thank you for helping me through this.”

Applegate called her fans in attendance “gorgeous” and added, “All of you. I love you [all] this much.”

In an interview with Variety Ahead of the Walk of Fame ceremony, Applegate said filming the final season of “Dead to Me” while battling MS was “tough as you might think.” The actor had to use a wheelchair to get on set.

“I was diagnosed while we were working,” Applegate said. “I had to call everyone and say, ‘I’ve got guys with multiple sclerosis. Like, what the fuck!’ And then it was about a kind of learning – we all learn – that I would be capable of.

“Dead to Me” season 3 debuts November 17 on Netflix, and it will be Applegate’s first new project to be released following her announcement about MS. “People are starting to see me as a disabled person for the first time, and that’s very difficult,” Applegate said Variety about the show’s debut and her first public appearances, including the November 15 premiere of ‘Dead to Me’

Applegate teased her public appearances in a viral Twitter post published last month. The actor posted a photo of several canes she considered using on the red carpet.

“This will be my first time out since being diagnosed with MS,” Applegate wrote on Twitter at the time. “Walking sticks are now part of my new normal. Thanks @neowalksticks for these beauties. Stay tuned to see which ones make it for a week of stuff.

Watch Applegate’s full Walk of Fame ceremony in the video below.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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