Robin Roberts Takes Medical Leave from ‘GMA’ One Day Early
Robin Roberts had planned to leave Good Morning America on Friday, but the TV host has decided that Thursday would be her last day. But this isn’t farewell. Roberts plans to be back in a few months’ time.
Roberts, 51, revealed in June that she was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). She had battled breast cancer five years ago, and her cancer treatments triggered the disorder. She will be on leave in order to undergo a bone marrow transplant. Roberts’ older sister Sally-Ann will be her donor.
“I will be back, you know,” Roberts said. “This is just, ‘See you later. See you soon.’ I will get back as fast as I can.”
Good Morning America devoted its second hour to the host: Martina McBride serenaded the anchor, and she was surprised with gifts of pajamas and books from her fellow colleagues.
Roberts told viewers that she has decided to leave one day early so that she could spend some time with her mother who also has health problems.
ABC has revealed that there will be some big names covering her hosting duties. Oprah Winfrey will step in, along with comedian Chris Rock, and familiar faces from ABC including Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Kelly Ripa.
We wish Roberts well on her road to recovery.