However, according to the NY Daily News, the 52-year-old co-anchor returned for a trial run on Thursday, Jan. 24.
This was a major step towards her return to morning television. Her doctors wanted her to take what the network called "a behind-the-scenes test run” to see how her body would react to the environment, especially given the current flu outbreak.
The test run turned out to be a great success.
After her test run, Roberts posted on her Facebook page:
“Felt like the first day of school! First time back in GMA studio since last August. Great to be behind the scenes for a `test drive’. Bright lights did not bother my sensitive skin or eyes. Seeing my work family again did wonders for my soul and spirit. Incredibly blessed and grateful. Onward and upward...XO.”
An ABC News source at the studio source added that Roberts even did a bit of reading off the teleprompter saying:
“And no one was surprised that she knocked it out of the park."
Roberts arrived at the studio at 5 a.m. after waking at 3:45 a.m. She was excited to be back. She said:
"What a thrill to be back at 'GMA's Times Square Studio this morning and see the best folks in the world, my 'GMA' family. I can't wait to get back to the anchor chair in a few weeks."
We look forward to seeing Roberts when she returns.