After making her first appearance on Good Morning America in five months Wednesday, Robin Roberts stopped by The View to discuss her return.
Roberts took a medical leave from GMA in August to undergo a bone marrow transplant to help treat her myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood and bone disease. The surgery and her recovery kept her off of GMA for months, but she returned Wednesday and brought the morning show its best ratings in three months. According to The New York Times, Roberts’ return brought in 6.1 million viewers, the highest for the show since the day after the presidential election.
On Thursday’s edition of The View, Roberts teared up when Whoopi Goldberg asked if she ever considered not returning to the morning show. Roberts paused before answering, “I didn’t know if I could come back. Not that I wouldn’t want to, but I didn’t know if I could—if that was something that was going to be possible.”
But, Roberts said, “God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.” She returned triumphantly to a standing ovation and fist bumps from the crew, and even received a presidential “welcome back” from Obama. Roberts admitted that it felt surreal to be back in the GMA chair after 174 days away.
Even though she has been largely positive about her health and recovery, at one point, Roberts was afraid she wouldn’t survive her bone marrow transplant.
“[Death] crossed my mind,” she said. “It’s hard not to.”
Roberts added, “We keep talking about the passage of time and my family loves to say, ‘This too shall pass’ and that moment did pass. It’s not quite in the rear view mirror just yet, but it’s getting there.”
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