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ESPN's Stuart Scott Returns to Air Friday Night

Thursday, December 20, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 8:48 PM, under , , ,

Athens, GA (Dec 20, 2007) - Anchor Stuart Scott will return to ESPN Friday night to host the network’s NBA doubleheader and will also host the new NBA studio show on ABC Christmas Day. Scott had to leave the Miami at Pittsburgh NFL game Monday, Nov. 26, to have an emergency appendectomy.

Stuart ScottAfter the surgery it was revealed that his appendix was malignant, and a second, precautionary surgery took place to remove surrounding tissue. Scott’s doctors are confident that they eliminated the cancerous tissue, but have prescribed preventative chemotherapy to ensure a full recovery. Scott will undergo the chemotherapy this winter. Mark Jones will be his primary on-air replacement when needed.

"Talk about a shocker," Scott said. "But I feel good, am in great hands medically and the doctors are confident they got all the bad stuff. I’m not the type of guy to let this eat up my life. I’ve got strong faith and family and friends who are tackling this with me. I can’t find the words to express how much I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. I probably won’t be able to get back to you all; but know it means a ton."

ESPN President George Bodenheimer added: " Stuart is approaching this fight with the same passion and energy we see on air. We're all encouraged that he is feeling so strong . He knows he has our full support and we look forward to the day when this is all behind him."

You can find out more about Scott Stuart in his profile.

Photograph Copyright 2007 by Rich Arden/ESPN. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

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