"Robin Roberts returns to GMA" is a major headline following the ABC television personality's return to "Good Morning America" on Wednesday morning. Roberts is back on the show for some "light duty," while she recovers from her bone marrow transplant procedure.
According to a report on Feb. 20 from NY Daily News, the show included a warm welcome back from the "GMA" team, but no hugs or high-fives, just yet. This is due to doctor's caution over her immune system needing to rebuild itself. However, there were plenty of nice surprises and presentations for Roberts, including a cake from "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, and a performance of the song "Stronger" by singer Mandisa.
The show kicked off with a video welcome message from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. There were also video messages from the likes of ESPN analysts and commentators, a jersey given to her from the L.A. Lakers which Josh Elliot presented her with, and even a gift basket sent over by rival morning show "Today" on NBC.
Roberts is back, while recovering from the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome, which required a bone marrow transplant just five months earlier. Her return to "GMA" is a trial run on a very light basis to see if she can come back on a more permanent basis. However, Roberts will be back to work again this weekend interviewing on the red carpet for the Oscars, and also conducting an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama. Talk about light duty!
The Oscars 2013 "Good Morning America" airs weekday mornings on ABC via local affiliate station WSET 13 in Roanoke.