Robin Roberts takes early exit from ‘Good Morning America’

After originally planning to go on a medical leave Friday, “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts made a surprise announcement during Thursday’s show — she is going to be returning to Mississippi immediately to kick off her treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome, an ailment otherwise known as MDS.

However, the health issues are not just related to herself. Roberts claims that her mother is also in poor health, and she wants to be in a better position so that she can take care of her while also taking on some of the treatments for this difficult disease. Her entire family is in a rough position at the moment, as Mississippi is one of the current targets of Hurricane Isaac, which is one of the deadliest storms to hit the region ever since Hurricane Katrina first arrived on the scene all the way back in 2005.

Of course, Roberts has the support of everyone from her network in ABC to all of the people who work behind the scenes at the morning show — which she has helped to become the biggest competitor in morning television that “The Today Show” on NBC has had since the beginning of Matt Lauer’s tenure. A job is waiting for her whenever she is ready to return, and “Good Morning America” is already set themselves up with a series of high-profile guest anchors (including Oprah Winfrey) to help and ensure that the show stays interesting and exciting while she is away.

In case you are wondering why Roberts has become so popular so quickly, it is for reasons like the quote she chose to recite on the show Thursday:

“Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning.”

If you want to read up about one interview Roberts will be missing thanks in part her illness, be sure and follow the link here.

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