MENOUNOS SHARES STORY OF HER BRAIN-TUMOR FIGHT
E! News anchor Maria Menounos has revealed she learned she had a brain tumor 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 tumor — and now I have one too?”
Her doctor removed 99.9 percent of the benign tumor 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 co-anchor 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.
E! News anchor Maria Menounos underwent surgery to remove a golf-ball-size tumor discovered in February.