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Pamela Anderson takes a year off to fight hepatitis

Pamela Anderson takes a year off to fight hepatitis. She tells Larry King that she’s putting her career and her marriage plans with Kid Rock on hold

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Pamela Anderson, Larry King Live
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If Pamela Anderson has her way, you’ll be seeing a lot less of her for about a year. Appearing Tuesday on ”Larry King Live,” the former ”Baywatch” and ”V.I.P.” star told King she plans to take a year off to fight hepatitis C, the incurable disease she claims she got by sharing a tattoo needle with ex-husband Tommy Lee.

”I’m thinking of doing it in December,” she said of her treatment, which will involve a regimen of Interferon and other drugs. ”It’s going to be a year of basically having the flu. Your hair falls out. It’s a little kind of chemotherapy kind of, [with] throwing up.” She added, ”I want to do it for my kids, because I don’t want to die, basically.”

Anderson suggested she may also put on hold her plans to wed Kid Rock. ”I could say right now we’re in the trenches. We’re just working on things,” she said of their relationship. ”We love each other very much. But it’s a difficult life, a difficult life. And I want what’s best for my kids. And he has a son.” She said that she’s still wary of commitment because of her soured marriage to Lee, who had denied sharing a tattoo needle with Anderson or being infected with hepatitis C. ”I’m still scared to death,” she said of her post-Lee feelings about relationships. ”And I need to resolve a lot of issues with that, I think, before I can really move on and have another serious commitment.”

Anderson will still be taking on projects that don’t require her to appear on camera, like her column for Jane magazine (which debuts in this month’s issue) or her voice work for the upcoming TNN cartoon ”Stripperella.” Besides, she said, she never wanted to be an actress. ”And I still don’t. And I’m not an actress. I don’t think I am an actress.” What is she, then? ”I think I’ve created a brand and a business.”