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    Bryant Gumbel Recovering From Lung Cancer Surgery

    Real Sports is facing real life, and no, we're not talking about Tiger.

    Sportscaster Bryant Gumbel revealed on Live! With Regis and Kelly today that he recently went under the knife to treat lung cancer.

    The HBO star was subbing for Regis Philbin, who recently underwent successful hip-replacement surgery, when cohost Kelly Ripa asked him to dance. He declined and explained that he recently had a portion of his lung removed along with a malignant tumor.

    The former Today show host will see his surgeon again next week, and he is hopeful.

    "We had told a few people," he said. "We told my family, obviously. I even kept it from my staff at Real Sports. So I'm OK for the time being.

    "I'm hoping they greenlight me to play golf again," he added.

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