‘GMA’s’ Robin Roberts Preps for Medical Leave: Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa, ‘The View’ Hosts Offer to Step In

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Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts has a tough road ahead of her as she battles with blood and bone marrow disease. And while she admits that she has “moments of fatigue,” the morning news show’s ratings triumphs over NBC’s Today have kept her in high spirits.

“I’m getting myself ready for the bone marrow transplant that will take place,” Roberts, 51, told reporters at the TCA Press Tour in Beverly Hills this week. “But I got to tell you, being here and the run that we’ve had has truly energized me. It’s pretty good medicine, I got to say, to be taking.”

What’s next for Roberts in her battle and how’s ABC News handling her impending medical leave?

Roberts will be taking medical leave in August or early September, but until then she says she’s dedicated to the job despite her hardships.

“I can’t believe I went away on vacation early April; the week I come back, we win for the first time,” she said. “At the same time, I get my diagnosis, and then the interview with President Obama, and people are screaming at me and they don’t know that I’ve gotten this pretty difficult prognosis, though it is good, and this is why I come in every day. This is the reason why, because you never know what the next day is going to bring, and that’s why I always say this too shall pass, the good and the bad. This too shall pass. But I have been simply energized by what we have been experiencing lately.”

How will ABC News deal with Roberts’ medical leave? Roberts says everyone on the team will “step up their game” while she’s gone, plus her friends and colleagues have offered their support. That list includes Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa, Barbara Walters and the rest of The View co-hosts, among others.

ABC News Senior Executive Producer Tom Cibrowski said, “We are looking forward to them and to a lot of other great offers of support we are getting all the time, because we have so many people who love Robin so, so much, love our entire team so much. Everyone is willing to come in and join us for a little bit.”

Couric, who was at TCA for her new syndicated daytime talk show, reinforced her desire to help out while Robin is away. “I think Robin’s a remarkable person,” Couric, 55, said.

“This is a difficult time for her, and I think for the entire show,” the news veteran who lost her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, continues. “And so if I can be helpful and try to fill her shoes for a week or whatever, even while I’m doing the [Katie] show, I want to do that.”

Doesn’t it warm your heart to hear how Robin’s colleagues are supporting her during this difficult time?

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