'Tanorexic' Andy Cohen Reveals He Was Diagnosed with Skin Cancer: 'It Will Change My Relationship to the Sun'
Cohen thanked Kelly Ripa for encouraging him to visit a dermatologist on Friday's Live with Kelly: "I just want to thank you because you were so dogmatic"
Andy Cohen made a shocking reveal on Friday’s Live with Kelly.
The Superficial author took a seat as co-host next to Kelly Ripa a day after Thanksgiving and opened the morning show by thanking her for prompting him to see a dermatologist.
“I want to say, by the way, that I have to shout you out for something that you don’t know I’m going to shout you out for. But I had this black dot on my bottom lip that you and I were at a party for Anderson’s mom in April. And you said, ‘You have a black dot on your lip. I don’t think that’s something good,’ ” Cohen, 48, told Ripa.
“Well I had never seen it before and you know I pay attention to people, and I had never seen it on your lip before. Mark [Consuelos] had never seen it,” Ripa, 46, said about spotting the dot on Cohen’s lip.
“The two of you were dogmatic that I get it checked out and I didn’t because I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m sure it’s nothing. It’s just a black dot.’ And she kept on me,” the Watch What Happens host continued.
Ripa admitted that she was diligent about reminding her friend and fellow talk show host to visit a dermatologist to have the spot tested. “I’m like a dog with a bone. He would text me and I’d be like, ‘You get your lip checked out yet boo?’ He’d be like, ‘Not yet,’ ” she said.
But Ripa’s continual reminders finally prompted the Bravo personality to see a doctor — and saved him from an extended battle with melanoma: the most serious type of skin cancer.
“Right, and finally I did and it was melanoma. They removed it, the whole thing, and I just want to thank you because you were so dogmatic. No, honestly. And it’s all fine, but that’s a good friend and it really taught me because I am tanorexic. I love the sun, I really do,” Cohen told his friend about the spot. “But just be careful. And I of course thought that that kind of thing would ever happen to me and it will change my relationship to the sun. But you really helped me out there. And thank you for staying on me.”
Cohen added: “Well, I’m just really grateful that you did that, so everybody check yourself. The lip heals very well. I really had a chunk removed out of it.”
Ripa quipped in reply, “I’m glad to see that all that money I spent visiting dermatologists was good for something because I essentially, at this point, am a dermatologist. I’m an amateur — It’s the third time I’ve picked out skin cancer on my friends.”
Live with Kelly airs weekdays (check local listings).