Maria Menounos Announces She's Been Diagnosed with Brain Tumor, Leaving E! News

Playing Maria Menounos Abruptly Leaves E! News After Announcing She Has Brain Tumor

Actress and E! News personality Maria Menounos says she has been battling a benign brain tumor and has announced her resignation from the network.

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The 39-year-old told People magazine she underwent surgery last month to remove a golf ball-sized tumor that was discovered earlier in the year.

“I’d been getting lightheaded on set and having headaches,” she told People. “My speech had gotten slurred and I was having difficulty reading the teleprompter.”

When she consulted a doctor, they discovered the tumor. On June 8, she underwent a seven-hour surgery to have the tumor removed. She says that 99.9% of it has been taken out but there is a small chance it could return.

She announced Monday that she is leaving the network after three years. E! said in a statement that she will take on her health "with the same fierce dedication she is known for."

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Prior to her diagnosis, Menounos was caring for her mother, who has stage 4 brain cancer.

“I didn’t cry. I actually laughed,” she recalls. “It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor —and now I have one too?"

Menounos, who previously worked for Access Hollywood and was once a WWE wrestler, said her “face is still numb” following the surgery.”

She is engaged to writer and producer Keven Undergaro, whom she's been dating since 1998.

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