Maria Menounos Is Stepping Down at E! News as She Battles a Brain Tumor

As she continues to valiantly battle a brain tumor, Maria Menounos has announced she will step down as an anchor at E! News. The announcement came early Monday morning, with Menounos issuing a statement that largely thanked her team and co-workers at E! rather that specifically commenting on the state of her health.

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As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Menounos began her statement by saying, “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.”

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She continued, “It was such a special, good-hearted group and one I’ll always consider family. A special thank you to Frances Berwick 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.”

As indicated by Menounos’ account, it sounds like she had and continues to have a very supportive team behind her at E!. In fact, this is confirmed by the statement released by E! on the heels of the announcement of Menounos’ departure.

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E! president Adam Stotsky, whom Menounos’ personally named in thanks in her statement, said, “[O]ur 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. We are grateful for Maria’s many contributions to E! over the past three years.” Menounos came aboard E! in 2014 after exiting Extra. She officially became an anchor in 2015 and has frequently worked alongside co-anchor Jason Kennedy, becoming of the most recognizable E! faces.

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Saw #wonderwoman with the fam last night &we all loved it! I got so emotional seeing such an amazing depiction of a woman's strength. And together we are unstoppable! LADIES GO SEE IT! It's important for so many reasons. Not just to support a female driven movie, which by the way shouldn't be taken lightly. We go to see movies for many reasons. I love the escape but I really love the movies that inspire me. I have so many male driven movies that get me through my darkest times like @officialslystallone #rocky..but can't name one female driven movie. That will hopefully change now. Go see this to feel empowered as a woman..know we are so much stronger than we sometimes think. I have an electricity running through my veins after seeing this & I have to thank this beautiful woman here for repping us so well @gal_gadot . She crushed it! @pattyjenkins thank you for this & your incredible body of work & for showing women everywhere that we are just as capable if not more! #wonderwoman

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The news of her step away from E! comes swiftly on the heels of her revelation to People in May that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Back then, Menounos told the magazine that her diagnosis came as her own mother was battling a brain tumor; the news, it seemed, didn’t shake or surprise her. “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?” Now, Menounos appears just as ready to fight this as ever before if her statement and previous statements on her state of mind about this tumor are indicators.

With her E! team sending her support, luck appears to be in her favor. Here’s to hoping Menounos wins this battle and recovers to good health quickly.

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