TV producer Aaron Spelling is at home recuperating after having undergone radiation treatment for a throat lesion, Reuters reports.
Publicist Kevin Sasaki said in a statement Friday that Spelling underwent successful radiation therapy over the last month, but was unable to confirm whether the lesion was cancerous.
Spelling, a prolific TV producer for more than four decades, was found to have the lesion in June.
Spelling has had a remarkable track record of popular successes, including The Mod Squad, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie’s Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, 7th Heaven and Charmed.
In the December 1996 issue of US magazine, Spelling talked about his prized series The Mod Squad. “Nowadays, people always say, how come he’s doing such young shows? But they never mention The Mod Squad. I was very proud of that show. It’s the first time an African-American guy kissed a white girl,” he noted. “And I should say that in the show’s five years, [the characters] never carried a gun or fired a gun.”
Spelling, 78, is currently working on his supernatural series Charmed starring Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan. McGowan stepped in to replace Shannen Doherty after the ex-90210 cast member left to pursue other career opportunities.
Sasaki said Spelling has been working from home and hopes to return to a normal work schedule within a few weeks.
Spelling, an avid pipe smoker, lives with his wife Candy near Beverly Hills.