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Robin Roberts announces medical leave from ‘Good Morning America’ for bone marrow disease treatment

By Daniel S Levine,

Last month, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts told viewers that she has Myelodysplastic Syndrome. She will be receiving a bone-marrow transplant as part of her treatment for the disease and told reporters Thursday that she will be taking her medical leave at the end of the summer.

Roberts told reporters that she will be leaving ABC’s morning show in late August or early September, according to The New York Daily News.

“It’s fascinating-slash-scary scary how to prepare yourself for something like this,” she said.

Roberts admitted that she has felt “moments of fatigue,” but that GMA’s rise in the ratings has helped her feel better. Recently, GMA tied NBC’s Today in the key ratings demographic and has beat the NBC show in total viewers four weeks in a row.

“The run that we’ve had has truly energized me...It’s pretty good medicine, I gotta say!” Roberts commented.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood said that Roberts’ possible replacements include Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa and members of the View cast.

Roberts announced that she is battling MDS last month. The breast cancer survivor told viewers, “I’m going to beat this.”

“My doctors tell me I'm going to beat this -- and I know it's true,” she added in a statement.

 
 

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