Cojocaru Gets Kidney Transplant

Jan 17, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Paramount Domestic Television announced Monday that Steven Cojocaru, correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider,” is recovering from a successful kidney transplant performed last Friday in Los Angeles. Mr. Cojocaru, who is also a weekly contributor on NBC’s “Today,” was the recipient of a kidney donated by a friend.

“I’m extremely thankful to have my health restored,” he said in a press release. Mr. Cojocaru is expected to return to a full schedule after a recovery period at home.

Mr. Cojocaru elected to have a kidney transplant after learning he had genetic polycystic kidney disease. The disclosure of his disease forced Paramount to postpone a planned syndicated strip for 2005 starring Mr. Cojocaru. Soon after his disease was revealed, Paramount announced it would push back the show until 2006.

Mr. Cojocaru, a Montreal native who resides in Los Angeles, is the author of “Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of a Glamour Boy”. He began his journalism career in Canada before moving to Hollywood in the early 1990s, where he began writing “Hot Shots,” a syndicated fashion column.