Maria Menounos made a shocking announcement this week that she is leaving her post as co-anchor of E! News and that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year.
Menounous, who had been co-anchor of E! News since 2015, revealed to People that she has already undergone surgery to remove the tumor. What’s even more sad is that her mother also has stage 4 brain cancer and had a golf-ball sized meningioma tumor. Her mother underwent surgery for it and removed 99.9% of it. It was thankfully benign.
According to Menounous, the experience was a “blessing” and she said she is “getting stronger and stronger every day and I’ll be back to normal very soon.”
In a statement to the press today, she commented, “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. 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.”
E! Entertainment President Adam Stotsky stated, “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.”