Robin Roberts returns to 'Good Morning America'

'Good Morning America' | The New York Times

Robin Roberts arrived at work Wednesday morning, passing through a gantlet of fist-bumping colleagues. Five months ago, the 'Good Morning America' anchor had a bone-marrow transplant.

"I keep pinching myself and I realize that this is real. This is really happening," Roberts, 52, said. "Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment and I am so full of gratitude."

Roberts "came closer to death last year than ABC readily acknowledged at the time," Brian Stelter writes in The New York Times.

For three months after the transplant, since her newly-booted immune system was like a newborn’s, she stayed in isolation, first in a New York hospital and then in her home.

She won't work a full schedule at first, Stelter reports. The staff has been "briefed by Tom Cibrowski, the show’s executive producer, about what one staff member called the 'rules of Robin’s return,' which include health tips to ward off the transmission of the common cold and other illnesses."

Among them: “elbow bumps instead of hugs and kisses,” the staffer said, and ample use of the hand sanitizer dispensers around the studio.

Previously: ‘Good Morning America’ anchor Robin Roberts announces blood, bone marrow disease | Robin Roberts interview with Obama a coup for ‘Good Morning America’

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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