Bryant Gumbel has lung cancer

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 5:40pm

NEW YORK - Bryant Gumbel is being treated for lung cancer, the former Former Today show anchor revealed on Live! With Regis & Kelly Tuesday morning.

The sportscaster and TV host, 61, said that he had surgery last month to remove a malignant tumor in his chest, a revelation prompted when Kelly Ripa asked Gumbel, subbing for Regis Philbin, to dance – and he begged off. According to Gumbel, part of his lung was removed, and he will be seeing his surgeon next week.

"We had told a few people, we told my family, obviously. I even kept it from my staff at Real Sports. So I'm okay for the time being," he said. "I'm hoping they greenlight me to play golf again."