Recovering Robin Roberts Makes ‘Test’ Return to ‘GMA’

by | January 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM | Black Entertainment, Good Morning America, Robin Roberts, TV News

Robin Roberts on the "GMA" set Thursday morning (Photo: ABC)

Robin Roberts made a “test” visit to “Good Morning America” early Thursday morning as part of her plan to make a gradual return to the ABC morning show.

Early bird Robin awoke at 3:45 a.m. — the customary alarm-clock setting for morning TV personalities — and arrived at “GMA’s” studios overlooking New York’s Times Square at 5, ABC News reported in this story.

The visit was characterized as a “behind-the-scenes” test run for Roberts, 52, who underwent a bone-marrow transplant last September “to treat myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow,” ABC said.

Her recovery from the procedure has been slow, but successful, Roberts said in an interview from her home last week that was seen on “GMA.” She said her doctors have approved a series of “test” visits to the show.

“My doctors want me to see how many people I actually come in contact with,” she explained, “how my body reacts to the stimulation, that’s code word for stress, of being in the studio environment.

“My skin is very sensitive and so we have to see how it reacts to the studio lights. My vision is still a little blurry from the treatment,” she said. “All of this is getting better day by day so that is the next step.”

“What a thrill to be back at ‘GMA’s’ Times Square Studio this morning and see the best folks in the world, my ‘GMA’ family,” Roberts said Thursday in a prepared statement. “I can’t wait to get back to the anchor chair in a few weeks.”