Good Morning America staple – and one of the longest-reigning hosts on morning TV – Robin Roberts will say a temporary goodbye on Friday as she heads to the hospital to have a bone marrow transplant. Roberts, who has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrone, will be receiving marrow from her sister.
The disease is also known as preleukemia, and it comes after Roberts already survived a lengthy struggle with breast cancer. Throughout next week, Roberts will still have a presence on the show as Good Morning America airs segments on her procedure and recovery. The segment will be called “Robin’s Journey.”
Filling in for the cohost during her time on medical leave will be Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, and Katie Couric. Couric, once the host of the rival Today show, has filled in on Good Morning America before, boosting the ratings significantly.
ABC’s show now has the longest-lasting co-host pair of any of the major networks’ morning shows. NBC kicked out Ann Curry in favor of Savannah Guthrie – a strategy that is still not exactly working as panned – and CBS’s new hard-news show is a recent innovation, but Good Morning America has kept its formula the same for more than a year.
Via TV Guide