Robin Roberts is set to host The Oscars Red Carpet Live, which will air on the evening of March 2. Roberts will be joined by her Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer, model Tyson Beckford, and Entertainment Weekly’s editorial director Jess Cagle.
Some news outlets have suggested Robin Roberts’ girlfriend, Amber Laign, will join the live program. Although Roberts has tried to keep her private life out of the spotlight, she recently announced that she is a lesbian.
Following the announcement, it was revealed that Roberts and Laign have been dating for years. Although Roberts received support and encouragement from her viewers and fans, she and her girlfriend have not publicly discussed their relationship.
EnStarz.com suggests Red Carpet Live is the perfect forum to introduce Robin Roberts’ girlfriend to the public:
“Laign… has been in Roberts’ life for 10 years… However, the two never felt the need to broadcast their relationship to the public… Now that the world knows, this years’ Oscars could feature the supportive same sex couple on the carpet hand-in-hand.”
The 86th Academy Awards will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, who is also openly gay. The inclusion of both women in The Oscars underlines an increased acceptance of alternate lifestyles.
While many celebrities are uncomfortable discussing their sexuality, both Roberts and DeGeneres have received incredible support for their decisions to come out.
Roberts chose to make her announcement through social media. In a 2013 year-end Facebook post, the Good Morning America host discussed her 2008 struggle with breast cancer and her 2012 bone marrow transplant.
As reported by CNN, Roberts thanked God, her doctors, and her family, for their continued support. Within the post, she also expressed gratitude to her “long time girlfriend, Amber.”
Following her announcement, Roberts received public congratulations from Michelle Obama. Through Twitter, the first lady said she is “so happy” for Robin Roberts and her girlfriend. She also said Roberts continues “to make us all proud.”
Prior to her career as a news anchor and reporter, Robin Roberts played basketball for Southeastern Louisiana University. Scoring 1446 points throughout her career, Roberts was eventually honored with the retirement of her jersey, recognition as one of the NCAA’s 100 most influential Student Athletes, and a place in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
As reported by TV Guide, Roberts became ESPN’s first black anchorwoman in 1990. As a SportsCenter host, she demonstrated an admirable talent for sports and news coverage. Robin Roberts became the co-host of Good Morning America in 2005.