Tom Bergeron: I knew about Brooke months ago
'Dancing' co-host says he had weeks to digest partner's cancer diagnosis
Veteran TV presenter Tom Bergeron was one of the first people to learn about Brooke Burke Charvet's cancer diagnosis after she turned to her former "Dancing With the Stars" co-host for support months ago. The actress-turned-reality TV star went public with her thyroid cancer battle in a video blog post on Thursday, revealing she is set to undergo surgery but remains confident for a full recovery.
She told fans, "I'm going to have a nice big scar right her across my neck. And I don't get to just walk around and pretend like nothing happened or not follow up or not share it, because it's going to be pretty much dead center ... As crazy as it is, my head is in the right place, and it's going to be good. I'm just going to make a positive out of this negative thing. Now I'm ready to deal with it and I'm going to be fine ... I feel really, really strong."
The news came as a surprise for Burke Charvet's fans, but Bergeron has revealed he had weeks to digest the shock revelation as she had confided in him some time ago. During an appearance on "The Talk" on Thursday, he said, "I've known about this for a few months, and I told her at the time she first told me that I had experience with this in my family. You never want to hear the word cancer, but thyroid cancer is one of the most treatable cancers; (it) has an incredibly high success rate and also, even the scarring aspect... doesn't necessarily have to be that visible." Turning to the camera to address Burke Charvet directly, he said, "My love and support are with you," before telling the show's co-hosts, "We're all right there with her."
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