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Piven Went Mono Before Going to Mercury

12/19/2008 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Before Jeremy Piven ditched his Broadway show due to sushi-related mercury poisoning, producers say the actor was worried he was suffering from mononucleosis -- the dreaded kissing disease.

The show's producer tells TMZ Piven had complained of illnesses from the beginning of the show's run in October. First, says the producer, Piven reported "low-level mono." After that, Piven told producers he was worried he might have Epstein-Barr virus. The final diagnosis, as his doctor stated publicly, was mercury poisoning from a two-a-day raw fish habit.

We contacted Jeremy's people for comment; haven't heard back yet.

UPDATE: We spoke to Piv's doctor Carlon Colker, and he says he's not aware of any mono issue, but did confirm Piven was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr.

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lelipstique@AOL.com    

Yawn........

2048 days ago
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H    

first, bitches! mercury poisoning... something smells fishy...

2048 days ago
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Sherry    

Why is it that most stories have douchebags that say first , but are either second or third? And the person that is actually first doesn't even notice??

2048 days ago
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moveover    

Definitely a classic case of Uro-mita-tisis.

2048 days ago
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CMANSB    

I think this another case where Pivin the actor believes he's the HBO Entourage character Ari Gold.
Case in point James Gandolfini - Tony Soprano's beating up a photographer at the JFK
The reality of 8 shows a week, including the Sunday Matinée, was too much for Pivins Ego.

2048 days ago
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Joanne    

If I was Jeremy Piven, I would feel really embarressed... How could he eat so much raw fish each day?? Ugh.. I think he needs to take a college course in Nutrition... He should be very glad eating all that raw fish didn't cause his death... I hate sushi, by the way.. Ugh.. Ewwwww....

2048 days ago
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God of Hell Fire    

Sounds like someone came down with a case of the douche bag. Go sell your crazy to Lohan and that mannish girl she hangs around with.

2048 days ago
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Binnie    

His disease is alcoholism. He's been seen closing half the bars here in NYC every night. Can't do eight shows a week and abuse your body like that. What he realized is that he can't abuse his alcohol and work that schedule -- so he quit the show. Plain and simple.

Broadway career done.

2048 days ago
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borednycdoc    

FYI mono IS an EBV infection...duh.

2048 days ago
10.

Che Li    

Epstein-Barr is a herpes virus hahahahaha Piven's got the Herp!

2048 days ago
11.

Skanks R Us    

Number 8 is right. He needs a pick me up to keep going!!

2048 days ago
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Nikki    

Is his doctor a complete idiot, or even really a doctor? Mono is caused by the Epstein Bar Virus.

2048 days ago
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Luke Warmwater    

The good news, he can take your temperature when he sticks his di*k in your mouth.

2048 days ago
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Aitch    

Wow, kinda scary to realize the levels of mecury the oceans!! Get well soon JP!!!

2048 days ago
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Travis    

Whatever happened to doctor/patient confideniality? Are there laws broken here?

2048 days ago
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