ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been about 3 months since Rene Syler left the Early Show, and though I never watched the program religiously, I have to say, when I did watch, she was always one of the best things about it. Her presence has been missed. But Syler isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sitting around twiddling her thumbs. SylerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first book, “Good-enough Mother,” hits shelves March 29th. The anchor added a chapter about getting fired by CBS, undergoing a double mastectomy, andÃ¢â‚¬â€just as traumaticÃ¢â‚¬â€renovating her house, she told the Philadelphia InquirerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Gail Shister [SIDE NOTE: shortly after that article appeared, the newspaper took the amazing Shister off the media beat, a subject sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been covering for 25 years. She’ll now focus more broadly on pop culture subjects. Talk about a presence that will be missed!]
But back to Syler. All three (the firing, the surgery, and the home renovations) are things that Ã¢â‚¬Å“could have you curled up in a corner in the fetal position,Ã¢â‚¬? she said. Syler is feeling fine after the January 9th surgery that removed her breasts (she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have cancer, but was beginning to show Ã¢â‚¬Å“precancerousÃ¢â‚¬? symptoms, according TV Guide; and both her parents had breast cancer; doctors estimated she had a 40 percent chance of getting the disease herself). Her health crisis will be the subject of the March 29th edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Syler has alsoÃ¢â‚¬â€apparentlyÃ¢â‚¬â€left Chappaqua, where she lived while she was working at The Early Show. According to Shister, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s returned to her former home of Dallas, with her husband and two children.
After her double mastectomy, Syler had a second surgery to implant silicone breasts. A few weeks later, Syler told TV Guide, she had an interesting parent-teacher conferenceÃ‚Â at her 8-year-old sonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s school. Ã¢â‚¬Å“[The teacher] said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœYour son has told everyone you got fired from your job and got implants’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦That makes me sound like I went through some crazy midlife crisis! I told [her son], Ã¢â‚¬ËœCan you please explain the rest of it?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬?
Can someone please get this woman a TV show?
By the way, on April 17, Syler will sit in as a guest anchor on The View (with NyackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Rosie OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell). Syler told the magazine, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d love to make it a permanent gig. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hope Barbara Walters is listening.
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