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Maria Menounos Battles Brain Tumor, Steps Down From E! News

Maria Menounos is stepping down from her anchor role at E! News as she faces treatment for a brain tumor.

Menounos, 39, told People magazine she was diagnosed with a tumor in April and recently underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove the golf-ball sized growth. Menounos’ diagnosis came as her mother, Litsa Menounos, is battling brain cancer.

“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,” said Menounos. “It was such a special, good-hearted group and one I’ll always consider family. A special thank you to [NBCUniversal Cable’s] Frances Berwick and [E! president] 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.”

Menounos has been with the E! News team since 2014. She worked as a correspondent for “Access Hollywood” and “Today” before landing the co-anchor slot on the syndicated newsmagazine “Extra.”

Menounos has also been active in the technology arena, promoting innovations and new companies through her personal newsletter and her daily “Conversations with Maria Menounos” series on SiriusXM. It’s unclear if she will continue her hosting duties on SiriusXM. She has also chronicled her mother’s fight with stage four glioblastoma on her personal platforms.

Menounos told People that she is still recovering from the surgery that successfully removed almost all of the tumor.

“My face is still numb,” Menounos told People. “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.”

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