The TV host had surgery to remove the malignant mass, and hopes to play golf again soon

By People Staff
December 08, 2009 09:50 AM
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Bryant Gumbel is being treated for a malignant tumor, the former Former Today show anchor revealed on Live! With Regis & Kelly Tuesday morning.

The sportscaster and TV host, 61, said he had surgery last month to remove the tumor in his chest, a revelation prompted when Kelly Ripa asked Gumbel, subbing for Regis Philbin, to dance – and he begged off. According to Gumbel, part of his lung was removed, and he will be seeing his surgeon next week.

“We had told a few people, we told my family, obviously. I even kept it from my staff at Real Sports. So I’m okay for the time being,” he said. “I’m hoping they greenlight me to play golf again.”
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