Robin Roberts will take a temporary leave from Good Morning America for medical reasons, she confirmed Monday on the show. The 51-year-old anchor said Friday will be her last day before she begins medical leave to have a bone marrow transplant.
This morning, Roberts told viewers that she is preparing to check into the hospital for treatments next Tuesday. She said the transplant will begin several days later, telling USA Today,“It still takes about 10 days after being admitted because there are some things you have to go through before the (bone marrow) transplant actually occurs.”
Roberts’ sister sally-Ann Roberts will be donating the bone marrow for the transplant. The Good Morning America host will reportedly be away from the show for months, though no specific return date has been announced.
Throughout the week, Good Morning America will air segments celebrating “Robin’s Journey.”
In June, Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, announced that she had been diagnosed with a rare blood and bone marrow disease called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDA).
Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Barbara Walters are among the guest hosts who will fill in for Roberts in her absence.