American TV personality and radio show host Andy Cohen credits friend Kelly Ripa with perhaps saving his life after encouraging him to get a spot on his lip checked out. Appearing as a co-host on Friday’s episode of “Live with Ripa,” the executive producer of “The Real Housewives” franchise revealed that Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos noticed the odd mark on his lip back in April. After multiple pleas, Cohen finally met with a specialist. Without giving a specific date or much details as to the diagnosis, the 48-year-old Cohen admitted that the mark turned out to be the most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma.

During the show, Cohen thanked Ripa on air for staying on him to get the mark, which has been removed, checked out. Kelly Ripa confessed to this being the third time she has noticed a troubling mark on a friend. Cohen joins a string of guest hosts since Michael Strahan’s surprise departure in April after serving as co-host of the morning talk show for four years. Cohen, who is a close friend of Ripa’s, said in a previous chat on his SiriusXM show that he did not understand how Strahan could leave the greatest job in television to join four others on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Cohen felt Strahan left the perfect job.

A man of many hats

Aside from being the brain child behind “The Real Housewives” franchise, Cohen also hosts Bravo’s nightly series “Watch What Happens: Live” which features Reality TV stars and other Celebrities voicing their opinions regarding the latest reality show episodes. The author of the memoir “Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture,” Cohen previously worked as Bravo’s head of development for over 10 years.

Cancer hitting the pop-culture industry

Andy Cohen is the latest entertainment figure to open up about his cancer diagnosis. Much of Hollywood is already showing support to “Beverly Hills 90210” alumni actress Shannon Doherty who is battling breast cancer which has spread. Recently, 41-year-old Jaime “Taboo” Gomez of the music group Black Eyed Peas revealed he is a survivor of testicular cancer.

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