Hi, it's Robin, and I've been waiting 174 days to say this: Good morning, America.
So said Robin Roberts to open today's edition of the ABC program, as the beloved anchor returned to her spot alongside George Stephanopoulos for the first time since undergoing a bone marrow transplant in September.
"I keep pinching myself and I realize that this is real. This is really happening," Robin said on air. "Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment and I am so full of gratitude."
Roberts had been doing dry hosting runs for the last couple weeks, waking up early and heading to the studio like she would on regular work days.
She announced on February 6 that her official return was two weeks away and this morning's episode of GMA was certainly one for Save Until I Delete status on viewers' DVRs.
"There's so many people that I want to thank throughout the morning, my doctors and nurses and family and colleagues and people who have sat in this chair and those who have blazed the trail before me," said Roberts.
"As my mother said, 'We all have something,' . . . Everyone's story has purpose and meaning and value and I share this morning, this day of celebration with everyone."