Marc Summers, the host of Unwrapped and executive producer of Restaurant: Impossible, revealed yesterday that he’s been battling leukemia for the past five years. He said that now, “I’m in remission … and I’m ready to move on.
The former Double Dare host discussed this on Philadelphia’s Preston and Steve radio show, surprising even one of the hosts, who thought he was coming out as gay. “I’m sort of old school and keep things to myself and don’t like to talk about personal things,” Marc said. “I was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. In show business, if you talk about that stuff, it’s hard to get hired after that. … I’ve sort of compressed this thing and it’s made me nuts.”
His fear about it affecting his career is grounded in reality: Summers was fired as host of Hollywood Squares after revealing he has OCD. He told Oprah, “It’s funny, you could be a drug addict or an alcoholic and get a pass in Hollywood, but guy’s got OCD? Holy mackerel, that’s crazy.”
Besides hosting Unwrapped, Summers has appeared on camera several times on Restaurant Impossible, including during the 50th episode special.
Incredibly, after he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia or CLL, he went to get a second opinion at a Chicago hospital and was misdiagnosed and told he had six months to live. Watch him discuss his diagnosis, treatments, and more: