Ever since Robin Roberts first announced that she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that was going to lead to extensive rounds of a treatment and a bone-marrow transplant, most assumptions were that the host was going to unfortunately be away from “Good Morning America” for quite a long time. However, that may not be the case anymore!
Roberts turned up for a special appearance via satellite for Monday’s show, where she proclaimed that she is moving along wonderfully in her recovery, and will be back to worth both earlier than planned and than what many media outlets were reporting a matter of weeks ago:
“I’m coming home. We’re talking now a matter of weeks, not months … I should be back sometime in February. Now I have a date in mind that’s very personal and very important to me, but I will ultimately listen to what my doctors say.”
This announcement is enormous news for ABC, as not only are they likely happy for a dear friend and an esteemed news anchor, but February is the time in which ratings matter the most during the winter portion of the year. Getting Roberts back will likely help bolster the show even further against the rival “Today,” which lost its ratings lead for the first time in decades last year and has struggled to fend them off ever since. While one of the anchors over there in Matt Lauer is still mired in bad press over his role in the Ann Curry situation, this is nothing but an inspiration to see such a courageous woman returning to work sooner rather than later.
The “Good Morning America” team has fared well in her absence, and some members of this and sister station ESPN’s team have also returned to work recently following their own medical problems. Take for instance Hannah Storm, who appeared at the Rose Parade early this year for the first time since badly burning herself in a propane incident.
Are you thrilled to see Roberts back soon?