Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk
Following his recent hospitalization, praise for Better Call Saul
star Bob Odenkirk's recovery has come from none other than AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan.
According to Deadline
, an AMC second-quarter earnings call featured Sapan describing Odenkirk, who has played Breaking Bad
's sleazy criminal lawyer Saul Goodman since 2009, as "someone who's very close to us and our company." While recognizing AMC's extensive history with the actor, Sapan added, "It's close to impossible to spend any time around Bob without developing great appreciation for his talents and spirit and who he is as a person. We are so glad he's on the mend and just wanted to pause and wish him all the best in his recovery, which is now underway."
Bob Odenkirk was taken to the hospital
on July 27 after he collapsed while filming Better Call Saul
's sixth and final season. News about his condition resulted in an outcry of support across social media, ranging from longtime collaborators like Breaking Bad
's Bryan Cranston to fans of Better Call Saul
and his previous work. On July 30, Odenkirk released a statement on Twitter praising the "outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for me" while confirming what happened that day. "I had a small heart attack," he explained, "But I'm going to be ok thanks to Rosa Estrada and the doctors who knew how to fix the blockage without surgery."
Odenkirk debuted in Breaking Bad's Season 2
episode "Better Call Saul," eventually going on to become a reoccurring member of the show's supporting cast. He then reprised his role for AMC's Breaking Bad
prequel show Better Call Saul
, which followed Saul's beginnings as huckster-turned-lawyer Jimmy McGill and his relationships with various characters, including colleague Kim Wexler, brother Chuck McGill, and other Breaking Bad
alumni like Jonathan Banks' Mike Ehrmantraut.
Alongside Better Call Saul
, Odenkirk's recent acting credits include the lead role in Ilya Naishuller's action film Nobody
, as well as supporting parts in 2019's Little Women
and Dolemite Is My Name
. In addition to Better Call Saul
Season 6, AMC confirmed in March that an animated series titled Slippin' Jimmy,
which will expand upon Jimmy's criminal years, is in production.
Better Call Saul Season 6 will air sometime in 2022.