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Q&A Ernie Johnson
Richard Deitsch
November 13, 2006
The host of TNT's Inside the NBA, 50, returned to work last week after treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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November 13, 2006

Q&a Ernie Johnson

The host of TNT's Inside the NBA, 50, returned to work last week after treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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SI: You've had six rounds of chemotherapy. What's next?

Johnson: I am in remission, and chemo is over.

SI: You were diagnosed on your 21st wedding anniversary—August 21, 2003—but you didn't tell your coworkers you were sick until the swelling on your neck became noticeable.

Johnson: Last November I started getting self-conscious. It really hit home when I was on with Kenny [Smith] and Charles [Barkley], and I could see their eyes go somewhere. I'd be thinking, Are they looking at this?

SI: People say that on the show you're a traffic cop. Agree?

Johnson: That's an insult to traffic cops. Those guys don't want people to get rear-ended or broadsided at an intersection. In my job I like to wave Kenny (right, with Johnson) right into Charles and have a fender bender.

SI: How good would the show be if Charles didn't have to work under FCC guidelines?

Johnson: I don't know how much different it would be.

SI: Is there someone you have always wanted on the show?

Johnson: It would be fun to get Michael Jordan, because of his relationship with Charles. Perhaps Michael has seen the show—and that's why he has politely declined.

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