Robin Quivers has been fighting a private battle with cancer, the radio host announced on Monday. Howard Stern's longtime sidekick, 61, was diagnosed last year and has been undergoing treatment, including a complicated surgery and radiation therapy, since.
"[The tumor] was so huge that it was lying on all the organs in my pelvis, and they literally had to scrape it off when they got to it," Quivers explained to her audience. "They couldn't even figure out how to operate at one point because it was so massive." The radio co-host had been broadcasting from her home since mid-2012, when she was diagnosed.
Even her old pal Stern didn't see much hope in her condition. "I gotta be honest, I thought she was a goner," he confessed. "I'll tell you how serious this was: I was already making funeral arrangements," he said. "Not to make light of this situation — I didn't know what was going on. I was freaking out."
Still, Stern couldn't imagine doing his show without his co-host of 32 years (the pair first started working together in March 1981). "Doing a show without Robin is like cutting off my left arm. Or my right arm. Or maybe both," he said during the first broadcast without Quivers last year.
"She was my backbone, you understand," he explained. "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."
In fact, when she first took leave to have the first of many procedures, he told her: "I'll f-----g kill you if you have cancer. I'm not doing the show without you...I'm quitting if you're not doing the show."
Thankfully, Quivers is now cancer-free and Stern has his co-host back.
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