She's back! On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Robin Quivers returned to Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show studio for the first time since beating cancer. Stern's long-time co-host left in early 2012 to undergo a 12-hour operation in May to remove a grapefruit-sized tumor on her bladder. Since then, Quivers has stayed dedicated to her job, and has called in from home to conduct their show over the past 17 months.
"It's pretty amazing. I was brushing my teeth this morning and thinking about going back on the air for the first time after surgery and how incredibly difficult that was. And today not feeling anything at all," Quivers, 61, said on the air Wednesday.
"I could never be without you again. And your beautiful face, your smile—" Stern, 59, said, as Quivers replied: "What, are you trying to make me cry?"
Stern and Quivers have been on the air together for over 30 years. Just two months ago, Stern admitted he thought she wasn't going to make it through the ordeal. "I gotta be honest, I thought she was a goner," he said to his radio audience on Sept. 9. "I'll tell you how serious this was: I was already making funeral arrangements. Not to make light of this situation -- I didn't know what was going on. I was freaking out," he said.
But luckily, no arrangements were ever needed. "Seriously, I've been praying for this day and I'm really happy that you are here and it makes me very, very happy," Stern added during Quivers' comeback. To the host, it was a "pretty remarkable day."