Robin Roberts return to “Good Morning America” has been confirmed!
The show announced on Thursday that Roberts will return to her anchor chair on the top-rated morning news show on Feb. 20, working initially on an abbreviated schedule.
The 52-year-old host has been off for nearly six months. She left the show in late August to battle myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare bone marrow and blood disorder.
AlwaysAList.com reported on Jan. 14 that Roberts was making strides to return to work.
“I’m excited to re-join my wonderful GMA family. I’m also looking forward to thanking YOU for your many prayers and well wishes,” Roberts wrote in a letter published online. “Your compassion has been an enormous source of comfort to me and my family. I’m heading to the beach for the next week to reflect and give thanks for my many blessings.”
ABC has chronicled Roberts’ journey, which included a bone marrow transplant from her sister and isolation to rebuild an immune system ravaged by the treatment. Her “GMA” co-host George Stephanopoulos, and show contributors Josh Elliott, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer, regularly offered updates and progress reports on Robert’s condition.
“GMA” beat the NBC’s “Today” in the morning show wars for the first time in 16 years back in April 2012. The show has dominated the morning news battle ever since.