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Maria Menounos was diagnosed with a brain tumor and is leaving E! News

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E! News anchor Maria Menounos has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is leaving her post at the entertainment network.

Menounos told People magazine she underwent an eight-hour surgery in June to remove a golf-ball-sized tumor doctors discovered earlier this spring. She said nearly all of the tumor has been removed, but there's a small chance it could come back.

The diagnosis comes as Menounos cares for her mother Litsa Menounos, who is battling stage IV brain cancer.

"It was such a special, good-hearted group and one I'll always consider family."
Maria Menounos

"I am so grateful for the past three years at E!, I had such an amazing time co-hosting with Jason Kennedy and working everyday with the wonderful roster of talent on the show including producers, staff and crew,” Menounos said in a statement. “It was such a special, good-hearted group and one I’ll always consider family. ... I will truly miss everyone and looking forward to this next chapter in my life.”

At this point, Menounos told People that it's too early to tell, but her doctor is 98 percent sure the tumor is benign.

On Monday, E! said in a statement that it believes Menounos will tackle her health struggles "with the same fierce dedication she is known for."

People offered well-wishes on Twitter.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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