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Former Today show host Bryant Gumbel has lung cancer.

While guest co-hosting Live With Regis & Kelly Tuesday morning, Gumbel , 61, revealed that he had surgery last month to remove a malignant tumor in his chest.

He said that 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," he said. "So I'm okay for the time being. I'm hoping they greenlight me to play golf again."