News an­chor Maria Me­nounos shares brain-tu­mour bat­tle

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - HAL BOEDEKER

“E! News” an­chor Maria Me­nounos has re­vealed she learned she had a brain tu­mour while car­ing for her mother, who has Stage 4 brain cancer.

Upon re­ceiv­ing the di­ag­no­sis, Me­nounos tells Peo­ple mag­a­zine: “I didn’t cry. I ac­tu­ally laughed. It’s so sur­real and crazy and un­be­liev­able that my mom has a brain tu­mour — and now I have one, too?”

Her doctor re­moved 99.9 per cent of the be­nign tu­mour last month on her 39th birth­day. She is at home re­cov­er­ing af­ter a six-day hospi­tal stay. The mag­a­zine also gives an up­date on Me­nounos’ mother, Litsa; the lat­est MRI re­veals that her cancer is sta­ble.

E! on Mon­day an­nounced that Me­nounos will step down as coan­chor of “E! News.”

She joined the net­work in 2014 and had been coan­chor since 2015.

She also has worked for “Ex­tra” and “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood,” and she com­peted on “Dancing With the Stars.” She danced with Derek Hough, and she placed fourth — be­hind winner Don­ald Driver, run­ner-up Kather­ine Jenk­ins and third-place fin­isher Wil­liam Levy.

“I am so grate­ful for the past three years at E! I had such an amaz­ing time co­host­ing with Ja­son Kennedy and work­ing ev­ery­day with the won­der­ful ros­ter of tal­ent on the show in­clud­ing pro­duc­ers, staff and crew,” Me­nounos said. “It was such a spe­cial, good-hearted group and one I’ll al­ways consider fam­ily. A spe­cial thank-you to Frances Ber­wick and Adam Stot­sky for all the sup­port they have shown me through the years, es­pe­cially dur­ing these tough times. I will truly miss ev­ery­one and look­ing for­ward to this next chap­ter in my life.”

Adam Stot­sky, pres­i­dent of E! En­ter­tain­ment, said in a state­ment: “Our thoughts and sup­port go out to Maria and her fam­ily and we wish them all the best know­ing that Maria will tackle this with the same fierce ded­i­ca­tion she is known for. We are grate­ful for Maria’s many con­tri­bu­tions to E! over the past three years.”

JOR­DAN STRAUSS, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Maria Me­nounos: “I ac­tu­ally laughed.”

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