Mary Murphy had cancer surgery for tumor in her throat: “I can’t scream”

Returning So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy had surgery for a tumor in her throat in December, and at least right now, cannot scream, her signature method of expressing approval and appreciation.

Mary told me this at a Fox party for TV critics last night, where she also shared the news with others. She told me that she learns more at the end of January, and said, “I’m a little scared.” However, she said doctors discovered she had an “encapsulated tumor,” which she said means it’s less likely that the cancer spread.

She had a sore throat and eventually started losing her voice, and friends encouraged her to see a doctor, she told me. Now, she has no thyroid, and doctors are experimenting with medication to get her hormones in line.

After officially re-joining the show yesterday, Mary will be part of its three remaining auditions, which start Feb. 2.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.