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Howard Stern reveals cancer scare: 'All I'm thinking is, I'm going to die' – AOL

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Howard Stern will talk about pretty much anything on his radio show, but a private health matter was off-limits.

In his new book, Howard Stern Comes Againa collection of his interviews as well as self-reflection — and a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter to promote it, Stern comes clean about a cancer scare that rocked him in 2017.

The Howard Stern Show host, 65, revealed how on May 10, 2017, he canceled his SiriusXM show, prompting speculation and theories from his devoted fans. While he returned to the air just days later, he lied to the audience about his absence, saying he had the flu. “Why is it such a big deal that I took a f***ing day off?” he asked on air.

Stern now explained that the day in question he was actually in surgery. For the entire year prior, he had visited countless doctors to monitor a low white blood cell count discovered during a routine checkup — as well as a growth on his kidney, which he was told had a 90 percent chance of being cancerous.

“All I’m thinking is, ‘I’m going to die,'” Stern recalled in the interview, his first time discussing the health issue publicly. “And I’m scared s***less.”

However, after several hours in surgery, he learned that it had just been a scare and the growth turned out to be a tiny, harmless cyst.

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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 07: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky attend Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 10: Howard Stern impersonator, Stewart Brodian poses at the 69 presentation during MADE Fashion Week September 2016 at Milk Studios on September 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 24: Beth Ostrosky Stern and husband Howard Stern pose at the opening night arrivals for ‘Bright Star’ on Broadway at The Cort Theatre on March 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 19: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern are seen in Midtown on June 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 24: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of ‘Bright Star’ at the Cort Theatre on March 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 20: Howard Stern attends the 2015 North Shore Animal League America Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 20: Howard Stern, Beth Stern attends the 2015 North Shore Animal League America Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE – ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ returned to the host’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York for five original shows which tape live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. The guests for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 included radio & TV personality Howard Stern (‘The Howard Stern Show’) and musical guest Public Enemy. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 08: Howard Stern attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of ‘Allegiance’ at the Longacre Theatre on November 8 ,2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — Episode 1026 — Pictured: Howard Stern — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

NEW YORK – AUGUST 11: Howard Stern attends ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 10 Pre-Show Red Carpet Event at Radio City Music Hall on August 11, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)

EAST HAMPTON, NY – JULY 24: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attend the ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ screening at United Artists East Hampton Cinema on July 24, 2015 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 08: TV/Radio personality Howard Stern arrives at the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 10 red carpet event at Dolby Theatre on April 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 08: Howard Stern arrives at the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 10 Red Carpet event at Dolby Theatre on April 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 28: (L-R) Howard Stern, Billy Joel and Robin Quivers attend SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Billy Joel hosted by Howard Stern at The Cutting Room on April 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — Madison Square Garden Auditions — Pictured: (l-r) Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Nick Cannon, Melanie Brown (Mel B), Howie Mandel — (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 22: Radio/TV personality Howard Stern arrives at ‘America’s Got Talent’ red carpet event at the Dolby Theatre on April 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 22: Howard Stern attends ‘America’s Got Talent’ Red Carpet Event held at the Dolby Theater on April 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 20: Howard Stern attends Season 9 of America’s Got Talent auditions at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on February 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)

NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 20: Howard Stern attends the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 9 photo call at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on February 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 31: Howard Stern speaks onstage at ‘Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash’ presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 31: Howard Stern speaks onstage at ‘Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash’ presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 31: Robin Quivers and Howard Stern attend ‘Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash’ presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 31: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern attend ‘Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash’ presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 31: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attend ‘Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash’ presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM)




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The shock jock revealed that he kept the whole ordeal quiet, only telling his inner circle, including family (wife Beth Stern and three daughters), his Howard Stern Show sidekick Robin Quivers, a cancer survivor and, of course, his therapist.

Stern said going through that has made him face his mortality — and question if it’s time to turn off his microphone, travel with Beth and spend more time with his grown daughters. His contract with SiriusXM, which reportedly pays him $90 million a year, expires at the end of 2020.

“I’m at a place now where I am trying to figure out how to spend the rest of my life, however long that might be,” he told THR. Though, he admitted, “It seems weird to me not to have this [show].”

In addition to discussing the cancer scare with THR, Stern also talked about his relationship with Donald Trump, who for years called into his show or dropped by. Stern said that while he was in contact with the president during the election — and Stern admitted, despite being a Hillary Clinton supporter, he thought she would have a hard time beating Trump — he really hasn’t spoken to him since a congratulatory exchange when Trump won in 2016.

“It was a difficult thing because there’s a part of me that really likes Donald, but I just don’t agree politically,” Stern said. Though, he quipped, “A more self-serving person would have gone all in on Donald because I’d probably be the FCC commissioner or a Supreme Court justice by now.”

Howard Stern Comes Again comes out on May 14. Order it on Amazon.

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