Robin Roberts Leaves “Good Morning America” Mid-Show Due to Not Feeling Well As A Result Of Her MDS
“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts left mid-show yesterday because she’s feeling the effects of her blood and bone marrow disease MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome. She said, “Well a full disclosure here, I’m not feeling too well. 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.”
She had a sore jaw as the result of her treatments, and couldn’t talk out of the right side of her mouth. She joked with news anchor Josh Elliott about her voice, and he responded, “We’re going to miss you, but we do appreciate the Jimmy Cagney impersonation before you leave.” Robin left shortly after that and did not return.
Roberts has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame as well as the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. She was voted the “Most Trusted Person on Television” by a Reader’s Digest poll in 2013.
Roberts founded her own production company, Rock’n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks, ranging from informational shows and documentaries, to live special events.
ABC says she should be back in a few weeks – before leaving again in late August or early September to have a bone-marrow transplant.