It took a little more than a year-and-a-half, but finally, Robin Quivers is back!
Howard Stern's longtime sidekick returned to the shockjock's studio on his SiriusXM radio show Wednesday morning after phoning it in for the last 17 months as she battled a rare cancer that formed in her uterus.
Quivers, 61, sported a new hairdo and was all smiles as she watched Stern announce her homecoming with triumphal music, her news theme songs, a trumpet fanfare played by producer Gary Dell-Abate, and even rose petals placed on the floor in her honor.
"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," Robin told Stern and listeners. "It was just a normal day. You can get up and brush your teeth, throw in your clothes and run out the door."
The King of All Media was quick to say: "But never get sick again."
"I plan not to," she replied.
"I could never be without you again. And your beautiful face, your smile--" Stern continued.
"What, are you trying to make me cry?" Quivers asked.
"Your enormous t--s," he quipped.
"Oh, thank you for the comic relief," she said with a big laugh.
"Seriously, I've been praying for this day and I'm really happy that you are here and it makes me very, very happy," added Howard, who called today a "pretty remarkable day" to see her back "triumphant and cured" and he never would have predicted this.
Stern did have a pretty gloomy reaction in early 2012 when he learned Robin would have to undergo a 12-hour operation to remove a grapefruit-sized tumor that had been pressing on her bladder. During a phone conversation with Quivers early last month, the radio legend confessed to listeners that he thought "she was a goner."
We're glad she proved him wrong as she's now cured of the disease.
Stern also played welcome back messages from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as well as Oprah Winfrey.