Maria Menounos, 39, has announced she was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and is stepping down from her anchor position at E! to focus on her healing and health.
“I am so grateful for the past three years at E!. I had such an amazing time co-hosting with Jason Kennedy and working everyday with the wonderful roster of talent on the show including producers, staff and crew,” Menounos said in a statement. “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.”
Maria's story will run in the Jul 16th issue of People Magazine, where she reveals that her diagnosis came right as her mother was/is in the middle of battling stage IV brain cancer.
The golf ball-sized tumor was a meningioma.
Maria had the tumor removed on June 8th (her 39th birthday) and her doctors were able to get over 99% of the mass out. Luckily, it was benign and there is only a 6-7% chance it will come back.