Nearly seven months after signing off on “Good Morning America,” Robin Roberts makes her highly anticipated return to TV on Feb. 20. To celebrate her triumphant comeback, ABC announced a series of appearances and even a one-hour special dedicated to the remarkable host. In anticipation of her return, Roberts has been posting regular posts on Twitter. On Feb. 17, she said, “Just saw on @GMA 3 beautiful women who have walked same path as I have. Now I’m even more hopeful and excited about Wed. Blessings. XO.”
In June 2012, Robin Roberts revealed to “GMA” viewers that she was diagnosed with MDS, a rare blood and bone marrow disorder. She took a leave of absence on July 31 to prepare for a bone marrow transplant from her older sister. Before taking her medical leave, Robin Roberts said emotionally on-air, “Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us, but the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning.”
In September, Roberts recorded a PSA for Be the Match, encouraging people to register as donors. George Stephanopoulos was quick to praise his co-host for her endeavors and said, “This is making a difference right now.” Since announcing her diagnosis in June, more than 56,000 people have registered to become bone marrow donors. In addition, more than $250,000 has been raised to support bone marrow research and treatment through the sale of Prayer for Protection wristbands.
After her transplant on Sept. 20, Roberts had to spend months in isolation. To combat cabin fever, she wrote in a journal, watched episodes of “Frazier,” and stayed in touch with family and friends. She suffered a setback in November, when she contracted a virus known as CMV, which cleared up in six weeks. Now, with her doctors’ approval, Robin Roberts is set to return to “GMA” on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
To mark the occasion, ABC will welcome Roberts back in grand fashion. Below are Robin’s scheduled TV appearances this week.
- Wednesday, Feb. 20: Robin Roberts rejoins “Good Morning America.”
- Thursday, Feb. 21: “The View” talks to Roberts about her recovery and upcoming Oscars duty and TV special.
- Friday, Feb. 22: A special edition of “20/20” focuses on Roberts, who reflects on her long road to recovery.
- Sunday, Feb. 24: Robin Roberts and Kristin Chenoweth host ABC’s Oscars red carpet special.
Leading up to her return to “GMA” on Wednesday, Robin’s friends have been tweeting words of encouragement and support. Below are a few posts from Feb. 18.
- “@RobinRoberts we r all pulling for you, and I know you will be better than ever…on cam and off. Go Robby Rob!” – Chris Cuomo
- “@RobinRoberts everyone is thrilled she is back! She is an inspiration to everyone!” – Greta Van Susteren
- “So excited to cohost red carpet for #oscars with @RobinRoberts.” – Kristin Chenoweth
- “Robin Roberts might just be the most loved woman in America. If you got a problem with her, you got a problem with me.” – Sara Minogue
Robin Roberts began contributing to “Good Morning America” in 1995 and was named co-anchor in 2005. When not traveling around the world or country to cover breaking news events, Roberts can be found in the "GMA" studio in Times Square conducting interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers. Her headline-making interviews include President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, actor Sidney Potier, and hundreds of others from all walks of life.
In August 2005, Robin Roberts found her personal and professional lives collide when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a part of the country she called home for most of her life. In the days following the hurricane, Roberts traveled to the impact zone and reported live amid the devastation of the storm. She also launched "GMA Gets It Done," a yearlong effort to rebuild Roberts' hometown of Pass Christian, Miss. Roberts returned to the Gulf Coast numerous times in the ensuing years to update viewers on how residents and businesses in the region are recovering post-Katrina.
Fans wish nothing but the best for this likable, warm and seasoned TV host.
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