As the ratings race heats up for the Today Show on NBC and Good Morning America on ABC, anchor Robin Roberts is going to take time to focus on battling myelodysplastic syndrome. The fifty-one year old Roberts will take a medical leave of absence sometime late in August or during the early part of September from the morning host role. GMA has taken the reins away from the Today Show for the last four weeks. Robins is taking the leave to have bone-marrow transplant surgery.
Roberts told a group of reporters that the surgery was fascinating yet scary and hard to prepare for. She said it is something that you need to prepare yourself for but everything is new to you therefore, it is difficult. Reporters spoke to reporters while attending the Television Critics Association meeting in Beverly Hills, California.
Roberts revealed to the public in June that she had been battling the blood and bone marrow disease. She then announced that bone marrow would be donated by her sister. Roberts said she experiences bouts of fatigue, although she credits her job with helping her cope and get through the most difficult times.
She said it has helped that the show has been amongst a ratings run. Roberts was able to successfully defeat breast cancer back in 2007.
In her absence, a host of people will fill in for her. ABC announced the list includes Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Kelly Ripa and cast member of the hit show The View.