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December 02, 2014 12:50 PM

Anderson Cooper was mysteriously absent from Monday’s taping of Anderson Cooper 360º. When his replacement, John Berman, read the news in his place, fans of the silver fox were despondent.

However, once his show finished airing, Cooper explained his absence, Tweeting, “I’ll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.”

That’s right – after just one day of recovery, Cooper will return to work tonight with one less appendix.

Of course, after 11 years on the air, Cooper has always gone above and beyond in the name of journalism. Given that he has broadcast live from the aftermaths of both Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, what’s a little appendicitis?

Cooper’s stomach pains began Nov. 25 while he was in Ferguson covering the protests, his rep tells PEOPLE. After visiting a sick relative in France over Thanksgiving, the pains only got worse.

When he touched down in New York on Sunday, he spoke to his doctor, who advised a quick exam. That’s when Cooper was told he needed to head to the ER straight away.

“I am very thankful for the efforts of my doctor and the doctors and nurses at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center,” Cooper says in a statement.

Anderson Cooper 360º airs on CNN Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

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