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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."

Robin Roberts as Co-Anchor

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!"

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Robin Roberts returned to Good Morning America last week, following a three-week leave of absence for medical reasons.

But the anchor announced today that she's heading out of the co-anchor's chair once again on Friday, as she's scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant in order to overcome her diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

Roberts will be admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, explaining to viewers:

"It still takes about 10 days after being admitted because there are some things you have to go through before the transplant actually occurs."

Good Morning America Team

The journalist's sister is a perfect match and will serve as Roberts' marrow donor. It's unclear how long Roberts will be gone for, but initial estimates are around two months.

"I know I’m going to have a job when I come back," Roberts told viewers.

In her place, Good Morning America will feature a number of big named guest anchors. The program will also dedicate time all this week to "Robin's Journey," which will highlight the reporter's defeat of breast cancer and also include powerful stories about families who have faced and overcome an MDS diagnosis.

We wish Roberts nothing but the absolute best. Here's to a speedy, full recovery.

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They may have been rivals for approximately one year, and Good Morning America overtaking The Today Show in the ratings may have led to Ann Curry's departure from the latter program, but that doesn't mean Robin Roberts was happy to see her fellow journalist go.

Appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight yesterday, Robert said she doesn't "take joy" in watching The Today Show fall apart, not when there are actual human beings in the other end.

  • Robin Roberts on a Red Carpet
  • Ann Curry Red Carpet Pic

"Let me tell you, the morning that Ann [Curry] said her goodbye, we were watching," Robins said. "And on our program, which you don't see very often, we spent the last couple of minutes talking about Ann Curry...and appreciating her, and such great respect."

Roberts, of course, has gone through her own emotional journey this year, having just returned to the GMA co-anchor chair after a few weeks ago.

Five months after beating breast cancer, Robins revealed this summer that she is battling a rare blood and bone marrow disorder. A bone marrow transplant is scheduled for early September.


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And... she's back! Yes, already.

Less than a month after taking a medical leave of absence from Good Morning America, due to a rare blood disorder, Robin Roberts returned to the co-anchor's chair this morning alongside George Stephanopoulos.

Robin Roberts Photograph

"My needle was past 'E' when I left here a couple of weeks ago, but I've got a full tank so watch out," the 51-year-old told viewers, adding that her three-week vacation included a trip to Italy. "I haven't taken this much time off in quite some time."

Robert was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome earlier this year and will undergo a bone marrow transplant on September 5. She'll continue to receive chemotherapy treatments as well.

But nothing could dampen her spirits this morning, as the GMA mainstay since 2005 added via Twitter:

"Merry Monday@GMA. Great to be back with George, Sam, Josh, Lara and YOU! Rested and rarin' to go again….you have been warned. :-) xxoo"

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Robin Roberts previewed her upcoming leave of absence from Good Morning America last night, as the anchor will soon be taking a break to undergo treatment for a rare blood disorder.

"It's fascinating-slash-scary how to prepare yourself for something like this," Roberts, who has already survived breast cancer, said at the Television Critics Association press tour.

She will be off the air for awhile, starting late next month, to receive a a bone marrow transplant meant to treat myelodysplastic syndromes, a disease of the blood and bone marrow.

Robin Roberts on GMA

How is she feeling at the moment? Roberts admitted to "moments of fatigue," but she cited her program's recent ratings as a major elixir.

"The run that we've had has truly energized me," Roberts said. "It's pretty good medicine, I gotta say, to be taking!"

As for the "wonderful friends" who will be occupying this anchor's seat? Roberts said she looks forward to Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and others sustaining the show's momentum alongside George Stephanopoulos.

We do, too. But we most look forward to the day a happy and healthy Roberts is back in that chair.

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With Robin Roberts scheduled to go on leave in August - in order to battle a rare blood disorder - ABC is busy lining up a slate of Good Morning America replacements.

Temporary replacements, that is.

Good Morning America Panel

Roberts will soon be off the air for a number of weeks as she undergoes a bone marrow transplant to deal with her diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome, and TMZ reports GMA producers have approached the following stars to sit in for a week at a time alongside George Stephanopoulos:

  • Diane Sawyer
  • Charlie Gibson
  • Barbara Walters
  • Chris Cuomo
  • Connie Chung
  • Joan Lunden

Look for names to be finalized the closer we get to Robin's departure date, and also look for Roberts to hopefully be gone for fewer than four months. With the illness detected early, the journalist's prognosis is reportedly "very good."

We couldn't be happier to hear it.

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One day after announcing to the world that she's been diagnosed with MDS, a rare blood disorder that will require chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant from her sister, Robin Roberts was back in her Good Morning America chair this morning.

"I slept like a baby last night for the first night since my diagnosis," Roberts said on air. "My family and I are overwhelmed and comforted by the response from everyone."

Robin Roberts Picture

And those responses include many well wishes from celebrities, including Tweets by Josh Groban, Rob Lowe and Katie Couric. Michelle Obama also chimed in on the micro-blogging network with:

"Barack and I have you in our prayers. We believe in you and thank you for bringing awareness and hope to others."

But the health status of Roberts - one of television's best known and most respected interviewers - crosses political party lines, of course, as the journalist said she also had a  "lovely conversation with Ann Romney who has had her health challenges."

(Ann Romney was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998.)

Roberts has also heard from Erin Andrews, Kristin Chenoweth and Gayle King and simply says all the feedback has been "very comforting."

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Five years after beating breast cancer, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts announced to a national audience today that she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) a rare blood disorder that will require chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant.

Roberts, holding back tears, told viewers that her older sister is “a virtually perfect match” and will serve as her donor.

Robin Roberts Photo

ABC has made public a letter Roberts wrote to GMA staffers, in which she says she learned of the disease "a few weeks ago, during a rather unpleasant procedure to extract bone marrow for testing.

"I [then] received word that I would interview President Obama the next day. The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life.”

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Looks like Chris Brown has an unlikely ally in the celebrity world: Rosie O’Donnell.

The outspoken talk show host said on her radio show Friday that Chris' detractors, along with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, may be guilty of racism.

That's because, O'Donnell, says, people criticized Brown's window-breaking tantrum on GMA more than, she argues, the equivalent by white stars is lambasted.

  • Rosie
  • Chris Brown, Blonde Hair

“I just don’t know why this kid seems to be held to a different standard than anyone else,” O’Donnell tells executive producer Janette Barber on the program.

Asked if the reaction, which Rosie addressed for the first time because she had been on vacation, was racially based, O'Donnell replied, “I totally think [it] is.”

“I also think it’s why he felt he was safer with Robin Roberts.”

O’Donnell doesn’t flesh out this point at all other than later adding that she felt “badly” for Chris Brown and “mildly angry” at Roberts while the interview.

Given the context, though, it wouldn’t be amiss to interpret it as an accusation of some sort of racial betrayal on Roberts’ part not to go easier on Brown.

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Robin Roberts Biography

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