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Maria Menounos Reveals Brain Tumor, Leaves E! News

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Maria Menounos at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 06:47 AM

Maria Menounos recently was diagnosed with a brain tumor and announced Monday that she is stepping down from E! News.

The 39-year-old TV host underwent surgery June 8 to remove the golf-ball-sized benign tumor, according to The Associated Press.

"He said there’s a 6 to 7 percent chance that we’ll see it come back. But I’ll take those odds any day," Menounos told People magazine, referring to her doctor. "My face is still numb. This is something that takes at least a month of healing, but I’m getting stronger and stronger every day and I’ll be back to normal very soon."

The news came at a time when she was caring for her mother, Litsa, who also is battling stage 4 brain cancer.

However, Menounos told People magazine that she "didn't cry," but instead laughed at how surreal it is that she has a brain tumor just like her mom.

"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?" she said.

"I’d been getting lightheaded on set and having headaches," Menounos told the magazine regarding her symptoms before she knew about the tumor. "My speech had gotten slurred and I was having difficulty reading the teleprompter."

Menounos says this situation has led her to revaluate her life.

"We’re caretakers as women and we put ourselves last," she told People magazine. "I tell people all the time if your car is making a weird noise, you take it to the mechanic. How come when our body is making weird noises, we ignore it? I’m so lucky that I went to the doctor and raised the alarm."

Menounos said in a statment that she is grateful for her 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," Menounos said in the statement, according to E! News.

Adam Stotsky, president of E! News, wished Menounos well in the statement, saying "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."

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