Jamie Campbell is officially on leave from Sportsnet to deal with a health issue.
Campbell, who has been with the sports network since 1998 in a variety of roles including hosting Sportscentral and covering the Super Bowl and the Olympics, has served as the station’s in-studio host for Blue Jays telecasts and Major League Baseball playoffs.
While Campbell has been part of Sportsnet’s MLB post-season coverage, it may have weird for viewers to not see Campbell on World Series duty.
Campbell took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to reveal why he has been MIA.
“Treatment of ‘pre-skin cancer’ prevents me from being part of the Sportsnet World Series broadcast, for now,” he wrote in the caption alongside a closeup selfie that shows the left side of his face, which is red and marked.
“This is not fun, so please cover up, find shade, and use sunscreen.”
Brad Fay has temporarily replaced Campbell, who thanked his colleague.
In a follow-up post, Campbell further elaborated on his situation with an even closer shot of the damaged side of his face.
“This might help someone,” he wrote. “I was told much of the damage on the left side was caused while DRIVING.”
He warned, “Who puts on sunscreen before driving? Not me. Won’t make that mistake again.”
Campbell’s fans thanked him for sharing his message and wished him a speedy recovery with some sharing their own pictures and experiences.
In January 2021, Campbell was diagnosed with a common blood cancer called chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which he discovered by taking a “random blood test.”
He told CTV News that he saw the diagnosis as a blessing in disguise.
“As odd as that may sound, in my case it has, because I see life differently,” Campbell said.
“I spend time with the people I love in a different manner,” he continued. “It’s almost like a light shines on them that I never got to enjoy prior to this diagnosis.”
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