Howard Stern told The Hollywood Reporter that in May 2017, doctors discovered a growth on his kidney, with a 90 percent chance that it was cancerous.
After an hours-long surgery, he learned that the growth was simply a tiny, harmless cyst. It had all just been a scare.
He said only his inner core group of confidants — including his second wife, Beth, his three daughters, his therapist and his on-air sidekick, Robin Quivers (herself a cancer survivor) — knew of the scare. He had lied through his teeth to his radio audience after abruptly canceling his radio show on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. By the time he was back on Monday, he knocked the alarmist theories from fans and reporters, many of which had tracked down his parents to check up on him. He told them it was just the flu. “Why is it such a big deal that I took a f—ing day off?” he said.
He told THR that in the two years since the scare, he wondered if he’d been living his life the wrong way. He said he regrets not being a good father to his three daughters, nor a good husband to their mother, Allison, who left him in 1999.
Stern, 65, said that his brush with cancer was a key factor in his decision to write his first book in two decades, Howard Stern Comes Again, which is a curated collection of edited transcripts from his favorite interviews, as well as his own memories and self-reflection.