Robin Roberts will be taking time off from “GMA” a bit earlier than she originally planned. The morning show host, who was recently diagnosed with a bone marrow disorder, told viewers Tuesday morning that she’s leaving the show a few weeks ahead of her scheduled medical leave at the end of August to rest up.
“Well, a full disclosure here, I’m not feeling too well,” Roberts told viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and left early on in the broadcast. “In fact I’m going to leave and let you all do the rest of the program on your own. I’m going to take a little time off, just to get some vacay… I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is planning to take a medical leave around the end of August for her bone marrow transplant.
But during her absence from the ABC morning show, she’ll be getting a little help from her friends, she said Thursday.
Roberts listed Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric among her “wonderful, wonderful friends at ABC News” who will be subbing for her. Others mentioned: talk-show host Kelly Ripa and panelists from the ABC talk show “The View.”
Roberts announced last month that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease once known as pre-leukemia.
On Thursday, she told reporters gathered for the Television Critics Association conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., that her leave would “most likely” start at the end of August or early September.
“It’s fascinating-slash-scary how to prepare yourself for something like this,” she said, appearing by satellite from ABC’s studios in New York. And when asked how she’s feeling, she replied, “I do go through moments of fatigue.”
But citing the continuing resurgence of “Good Morning America” against its long-dominant NBC rival “Today,” she brightened.
“The run that we’ve had has truly energized me,” she said. “It’s pretty good medicine, I gotta say, to be taking!”
In particular, ABC was crowing Thursday that, for the first time in 17 years, “GMA” had seized first place among total viewers (almost 4.6 million vs. 4.25 million for “Today”) as well as tying “Today” for first place in the 25-54 year-old demographic, each with 1.74 million.