Robin Roberts: Returning Sooner Than Later To “GMA”
Robin Roberts took a medical leave from hosting the top-rated morning news show “Good Morning America” in August 2012.
The 52-year-old anchor appeared on “GMA” on Monday via satellite to explain the process of her return to the ABC morning show.
Roberts revealed that she’ll be back in the studio soon, as her projected return will be in “a matter of weeks, not months.”
The Pass Christian, Mississippi-bred talent took a hiatus from “GMA” to be treated for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which was once known as preleukemia. MDS is rare disease of the blood and bone marrow can be caused by the treatment for cancer. In 2008, Roberts battled breast cancer.
“I should be back sometime in February,” Roberts said. “Now I have a date in mind that’s very personal and very important to me but I will ultimately listen to, of course, what my doctors say and, course, we have to remember we’re in the height of flu season. There’s a lot of factors still.”
Roberts most recent tests came back clear of any abnormalities. She’s now beginning the many small, cautious steps required to resume her normal, day-to-day life.
The former ESPN reporter and Hall of Fame college basketball player has to adjust to waking up at 4:00 am again — something she admitted that she did not miss.
Next week, Roberts will head to the ABC studios and prepare as normal for “GMA,” but will not go on air. The test run of the schedule will gage her ability to handle the stress of work, the withering lights and contact with a germ-filled studio.
Roberts explained the process is like a sports star going through physical rehab after an injury.
WATCH: See Robin Roberts explain her return to “GMA.”