Robin Roberts announced today that she is leaving Good Morning America one day earlier than scheduled, not due to her impending bone marrow transplant, but as a result of Hurricane Isaac.
She is flying home to Mississippi to be with her ailing 88-year-old mother, Lucimarian, along with her family, which is in the eye of the storm.
"I know the journey ahead will not be easy," said Roberts, who is dealing with a blood disorder known as Myelodysplastic Syndrome. "Just know that I'm going to come back here as soon as I can."
In Roberts' temporary absence, Good Morning America will welcome a number of high-profile guest anchors. Among them, it's been confirmed: Oprah Winfrey, Chrid Rock, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Kelly Ripa and the Modern Family cast.
"This means so much [that] these friends are stepping up like this," Roberts said. "I love them for that!"