Longtime Howard Stern show co-host Robin Quivers revealed this morning that she’s been declared cancer-free after a long battle with the disease. She’s been broadcasting from her home by an ISDN line since she had a grapefruit-sized tumor removed from her bladder in May of 2012, missing only two episodes despite undergoing extensive radiation therapy, chemotherapy and highly invasive operations. “Howard was wrecked when this first came out,” said Stern producer Jon Hein on the air. “He didn’t feel comfortable doing the show without her. It looks like she’s cancer-free and will hopefully be back here sometime soon.”
Quivers has been an essential part of the Howard Stern show since she was first paired up with the shock jock in March of 1981 at a Washington, D.C. radio station. With the exception of a very brief time period when Stern moved over to WNBC in New York in 1982, they have been together ever since.
Quivers initially discussed her medical situation on the air in early 2012, not long after having the tumor removed, but all discussion of the topic ceased not long after that. Stern did tell his audience that Robin was working from home, but virtually nothing was shared about her condition. “At first we thought that Robin might be out for a very long period of time,” said Stern executive producer Gary Dell’Abate this morning. “It was very unsettling for Howard. It would be very difficult for him to do the show while thinking about her.”
She finally broke her silence this morning, tell the audience that full story of her ordeal. There were times when doctors felt she might die, but she miraculously rebounded and is now cancer-free. It’s unclear when she will return to the studio, but she is scheduled to appear at a New York Barnes and Noble on October 9th to promote her new book The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life. That would mark her first public appearance since early 2012.