Melissa McCarthy shares recovery update after horrifying bug attack in Australia

Melissa McCarthy has been hospitalized after being bitten by insects in Australia

WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the premiere of USA Pictures' "The Boss" at Regency Village Theatre on March 28, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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Melissa McCarthy has shared her recovery from nasty bug bites in Australia, after formerly declaring her fondness for the country’s deadly creatures. 

The comedian, who is currently in Australia for work, took to Instagram to reveal her wounded body in a series of hilarious videos – and to retract her previous compliments on the country's exotic insects. 

“I’m itchy!” a bedbound Melissa cries in one clip. “It’s reached my face!” 

Wrapped in bandages and towels, the Mike & Molly star looked far from pleased as she waited for the stinging discomfort to subside. 

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In another clip, Melissa describes herself as “pretty puffy“ before reaching for her go-to pain remedy – humor. “G’day, mate!” she laughed in an attempt at an Australian accent. 

The Emmy-award-winning actress seems to have changed her tone on Australia’s diverse fauna, contrasting the hospital footage with a previously recorded InStyle Weekly interview in which she lauded the nation’s “magical” huntsman spiders. 

“I love that all the bugs and spiders will kill you,” she said. “I love that I’ve seen a spider the size of my face.” 

Melissa didn’t give further details on her condition, but judging by her upbeat attitude, we think it’s safe to say that she'll be back to normal soon. 

She currently has a number of projects on the go in Australia, including the filming of Thor: Love and Thunder alongside Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth. She is also shooting Nine Perfect Strangers, a TV mini series based on Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name. Despite being thousands of miles from home, Melissa has had no trouble settling into her new environment. The friendly vibe of the country has been a major factor in helping her to adjust, reminding her of her roots in the US. 

“Everyone just takes the time to actually be a sweet, kind, funny human, and they talk to you,” she said. “I’m a Midwesterner from Illinois and it goes right to my heart.” 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.