Robin Quivers took a departure from Howard Stern‘s radio show a year ago, but was vague about the reason. Monday morning, she was a guest of Stern’s and opened up about her battle with cancer over the last year.
In May 2012, Quivers revealed she would be undergoing a “procedure” to remove a “grapefruit-sized” tumor on her bladder, NBC News reported at the time. Quivers didn’t mention cancer, and Stern told her, “I’ll f****** kill you if you have cancer. I’m not doing the show without you. I’m quitting if you’re not doing the show.”
“I had a major surgery, a major abdominal surgery, and a mass was removed from my pelvic area and I do have some more recovery to do,” Quivers said after the surgery, according to the New York Daily News. “But everything seems to be fine.”
Quiver showed up on Stern’s show Monday morning to discuss the tumor that she found out later was cancer, and Stern revealed the moment he heard the diagnosis.
The show tweeted about the interview, and Stern described how he still feels when he thinks about it.
The show also joked about Quivers’ decision not to use medical marijuana, and that she wouldn’t let her co-workers visit her while she was sick.
Jokes aside, the seriousness was apparent in the interview. Quivers has been with the show since 1981, and despite past rumors she would be leaving, she is an integral part of the broadcast.
“She was my backbone, you understand,” Stern said at the time of the diagnosis. “Where I would lose courage, Robin always had the courage. She always is the brave one. Always the brave one with me. I could go to her, and I could always rely on her.”
Quivers announced Monday morning she is now cancer-free!