Maria Menounos Is Stepping Down as ‘E! News’ Anchor in Wake of Brain Tumor Diagnosis
The world of celebrity news is sending well wishes today after Maria Menounos announced that she will step down from her post as E! News co-anchor following treatment for a brain tumor.
The longtime TV personality and red-carpet staple shared that she was diagnosed with a cerebral mass earlier this year and underwent surgery to remove the golf-ball-sized meningioma growth in February. Menounos endured another operation last month, which she says removed about 99.9 percent of the rest of the benign tumor. And now she's decided to take time to heal off-screen. In addition, her mother is battling stage four brain cancer.
In a statement released today, Menounos said, “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...I will truly miss everyone and looking forward to this next chapter in my life.”
Menounos told People that the experience has led her to re-evaluate life and grow closer with her family. “I’m getting stronger and stronger every day and I’ll be back to normal very soon,” she said. A positive outlook from an always upbeat woman.