Cape Town – E! News anchor Maria Menounos is battling a brain tumor and is leaving the show on E! Entertainment (DStv 124).
Menounos who joined E! News in 2014 and whose mother is also battling brain cancer, says she was diagnosed in April 2017 with a brain tumour and underwent surgery to remove the golf-ball sized growth.
In a statement Menounos who replaced Giuliana Rancic behind the E! News anchor table, 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. A special thank you to Frances Berwick [of NBCUniversal] 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."
"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," says Adam Stotsky, E! Entertainment president. "We are grateful for Maria's many contributions to E! over the past three years".
E! says the E! News team will "continue to include a diverse stable of hosts, entertainment journalists and correspondents across all platforms".