Erin Andrews revealed on Tuesday in a profile for Sports Illustrated’s MMQB that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September of last year.
The Fox broadcaster and “Dancing with the Stars” host has since been deemed clear of cancer after two surgeries, according to MMQB.
MMQB’s Emily Kaplan detailed when Andrews received the life-changing news: “Andrews was in a meeting at the Giants’ team facility on the Saturday morning before the Week 3 game between New York and Washington. Her doctor’s number popped up on her phone. Andrews excused herself. She was calling with the results of the follow-up tests, which were now conclusive: cervical cancer.”
She needed surgery but did not tell colleagues of her diagnosis and even worked a football game the following day.
According to Kaplan, Andrews missed two tapings of “Dancing with the Stars” but ABC said it was because she was dealing with a death in the family of her fiancé. Her then boyfriend, now fiancé Jarret Stroll, lost a 17-year-old nephew in a car accident that weekend, but Andrews was “mostly dealing with her diagnosis.”
Andrews had surgery on Oct. 11 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, but was focused on work throughout the entire process.
“I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl,” she told doctors, according to MMQB.
Two days after the procedure she flew from Los Angeles to Wisconsin to film a feature on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and worked a game within five days.
“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews told MMQB. After a second surgery in November, Andrews was told that she wouldn’t need radiation or chemotherapy.
Last April, Andrews settled a lawsuit with a hotel chain and operator over a secret video recording that captured her naked during her stay. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
A month before the settlement, a Nashville, Tennessee, jury awarded Andrews $55 million in the lawsuit against West End Hotel Partners and Windsor Capital Group and Michael David Barrett, the man who recorded the video in 2008 by tampering with the peephole of Andrews’ guest room. Barrett was responsible for $28 million of that and the hotel owner and operator were on the hook for the remaining $27 million, the jury decided before the parties agreed to settle.
Andrews will cover the Super Bowl for Fox on Feb. 5