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Wednesday
Feb202013

Robin Roberts on First Day Back at "GMA": 'It Felt So Right'

Heidi Gutman/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Robin Roberts made her return to morning TV Wednesday, once again saying "Good morning America" to viewers, 174 days after she underwent a bone marrow transplant.

"I keep pinching myself and I realize that this is real, this is really happening," Roberts, 52, said at the start of the show, surrounded by the GMA anchor team. "Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment and I am so full of gratitude."

Roberts was greeted with a standing ovation at the Times Square studio from the staff and crew, who exchanged fist bumps with the anchor and cheered as she walked through the studio doors.

Amidst all the excitement, Roberts said she was nervous to be back and said even co-anchor Josh Elliott told her that her voice was “an octave off.”

“I was nervous,” Roberts said after the show. “But it felt good to have butterflies again after all this time … After doing the first block, [it was] like butter, like butter. It felt so right. I felt at ease. In the beginning, I just had this really bad cotton mouth.  We even went to Google to see what to do if you have cotton mouth because I didn’t want to have one of those moments reaching over for the water.”

PHOTOS: Robin Roberts Returns to 'GMA'

Roberts’ GMA return came five months to the day since she underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, and a year after she began to first feel the symptoms of her illness at the 2012 Oscars.

The comeback show kicked off with a special welcome-back message from President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, whom Roberts will interview Friday to discuss the third anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative. The interview will air next week on GMA.

WATCH: The Obamas' Special Message for Robin

The anchor appeared to pick up right where she left off.  Producers placed a red bow on her anchor chair and before the show the GMA anchor team descended upon the desk, smiling for a photo before getting down to business as usual, but with the welcome addition of Roberts.

"Hi! It’s Robin! I have been waiting 174 days to say this... Magma!" she joked, using one of her favorite catchphrases, before exclaiming "Good morning America!" to open the show live on the air.

 

Sporting a close-cropped hairdo, Roberts explained after the show that she decided not to wear a wig on the air because it could have been a distraction for viewers. She also joked that her wig reminds her of the first lady’s now-famous new haircut.

“It was really funny because my hairstylist Petula had a really nice wig. She got it for me in early January. It has bangs and looks just like Michelle Obama, and I knew if I wore it people would say, ‘Huh?’ I couldn’t say, ‘I had it first,’” she said with a laugh. “No one would have believed that.”

Throughout the morning, the Times Square studio buzzed with excitement.  A crowd of fans gathered outside of the studio, waving “TeamRobin” signs, including one in the shape of Robin’s signature wristband.  During a commercial break when Roberts went outside, fans chanted, “Robin! Robin! Robin!”

When asked for their three words to describe the morning, co-anchor Josh Elliott said, “At Long Last.” Lara Spencer said “GREAT Morning America,” and GMA senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski said, “Dream. Inspiring. Courage.”

Social media websites were also flooded with an outpouring of messages welcoming Roberts back. NBC's Today show sent a gift basket to the GMA studio and made a donation to the Be the Match Registry for bone marrow donation in her honor.

Buddy Valastro and the team behind TLC’s Cake Boss created a special cake for the celebration. The red velvet concoction, inspired by the color of her bracelets, is Roberts’ favorite.

“Now that I have [sister Sally-Ann’s] cells, I have a sweet tooth,” Roberts joked on the show. “It’s true. It’s working out really well.”

Roberts’ medical team and her sisters Sally-Ann Roberts -- her bone marrow donor -- and Dorothy Roberts McEwen were at her side to mark the occasion.

“This is a celebration,” Sally-Ann Roberts said on the show. “It brings up to me the tremendous feeling of accomplishment to be able to know that there’s something in your body that can help somebody else -- in my case, my sister.  I just want to get the word out to as many people as possible:  please join the registry.  Please join the Be the Match bone marrow registry because there is somebody out there who could use you.”

Roberts and her doctors – Dr. Gail Roboz of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Dr. Sergio Giralt of New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center -- will now take a day-by-day approach to her recovery and monitor Roberts' body to determine how often she appears on GMA.

“We looked in each other's eyes and we talked about this morning and how I would feel, and I know that a lot of it is adrenaline and I want to see how I feel,” Roberts said, adding she has her next bone marrow test in two weeks. “And he was very honest in saying some of the patients, they go back a little too soon and then the next morning they can’t get up. But I have to say, physically, I have better platelets than Sally-Ann right now, so I’m very grateful.”

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Thursday
Feb072013

Robin Roberts to Return to "Good Morning America" Feb. 20

Ida Mae Astute/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Robin Roberts will return to the Good Morning America anchor desk on Wednesday, Feb. 20, five months to the day since she underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a rare blood disorder.

“What a difference a year makes,” said Roberts, who began feeling the symptoms of her illness about a year ago.  “I cannot wait to return to my GMA family.  It's going to be an incredible morning in Times Square.  The overwhelming thoughts and prayers of the viewers have played a major part in getting me here today.  I cannot thank everyone enough."

Click here to read a personal note from Roberts.

The official announcement was made Thursday on GMA after Roberts received the all-clear from her doctors.  Her most recent test showed no abnormalities, and over the course of her recovery, the anchor has continued to regain her strength and energy.

Since reaching the critical 100-day benchmark from the bone marrow transplant back in December, she has been counting down the days to her return to the anchor chair.  

In the weeks before Roberts’ return to GMA, the show will spotlight stories of other resilient men and women who are facing similar challenges with MDS and those she has inspired along the way.  Roberts will also share her personal journey on a special edition of 20/20 on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 p.m., ET.  The hour will offer a candid behind-the-scenes look at Roberts’ experience and those who have drawn hope and courage from her example.

Just last week, Roberts traveled down to her home state of Louisiana with GMA co-anchors Josh Elliott and Sam Champion to see family and friends and enjoy some Super Bowl festivities.  The milestone visit started with a warm welcome by students from her alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana University, and was an important part in her emotional recovery, she explained in a Facebook post.

Roberts also began a series of “dry runs” at the GMA studio in New York City's Times Square last month to start acclimating herself again to the anchor chair, testing the studio lights on her sensitive skin and eyes, and adjusting to those early morning wake-up calls.

"My doctors want me to see how many people I actually come in contact with.  How my body reacts to the stimulation, that's code word for stress, of being in the studio environment," she explained in a live interview from her New York City apartment in January.  "All of this is getting better day by day."

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Monday
Oct082012

Sam Champion on Engagement to Rubem Robierb: 'I Am So, So Lucky'

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion thanked everyone for the well wishes on his engagement to boyfriend Rubem Robierb.

"I am engaged," Champion said Monday on Good Morning America. "The amazing response from folks all over the country was just incredible for us. I thank you."

Champion and Robierb announced Friday that they are engaged to be married. The couple met through mutual friends a few years ago in Miami, where Robierb lives. Born in Brazil, Robierb is a fine-arts photographer who shows his work in Miami, Atlanta, Santa Monica and New York.

"I have met the most wonderful, giving, loving, caring person. I am so, so lucky to have someone like this in my life," Champion said.

The two plan to wed later this year.

 

Ben Affleck, who appeared on GMA Monday talking about his new movie Argo, said he was "inspired" by Champion's engagement news.

"I want to congratulate Sam," Affleck said. "It's to our shame that you can't get married in every state in the union, but one day I hope you will be able to. It's very exciting. I was very inspired … a moving love story."

On GMA Monday, co-anchor Lara Spencer gushed about Robierb and all the wedding planning to begin. Josh Elliott joked about his and George Stephanopoulos' roles as groomsmen: "Making George and I your best men, that's just terrific."

"He's a groomzilla already," Elliott joked about Champion.

Champion said he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support -- from social media to the streets of New York City. Robierb stood alongside off-camera at the GMA studio Monday as Champion talked about their happy news.

"I felt like we lived in a small town … I was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and to me that's exactly what it felt like. We walked out on the street and everyone was like, 'Hey, congratulations,'" Champion said. "Thank you for the tweets, and the Facebook and just coming up on the street and saying the most wonderful things."

GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts, who is on medical leave after her bone marrow transplant last month, tweeted in her congratulations: "You know how thrilled I am for you, @SamChampion and Rubem! Hope to be well enough to attend the wedding. Much love to you both."

Since Friday's engagement announcement, congratulations for Champion and Robierb have flooded Twitter with messages coming in from fans and fellow members of the ABC News family, including Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, ABC News' President Ben Sherwood, Dan Abrams, Bianna Golodryga and others.

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Friday
Oct052012

Sam Champion Engaged to be Married

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion and boyfriend Rubem Robierb are engaged to be married.

“We are thrilled and so excited and thank everyone for their good wishes,” says Champion.

Champion and Robierb met through mutual friends a few years ago in Miami, where Robierb lives. Born in Brazil, Robierb is a fine-arts photographer who shows his work in Miami, Atlanta, Santa Monica and New York.

The two plan to wed later this year.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug302012

Robin Roberts to Begin Medical Leave Following Thursday's "GMA"

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Robin Roberts will make her final appearance on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday before she begins an extended medical leave to begin treatment for MDS, a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow.

Roberts had initially announced that Friday would be her last appearance, but changed plans upon news that her mother, Lucimarian Roberts, had fallen gravely ill.  Roberts will now travel to Mississippi to be at her ailing mother's side before beginning her own treatment, which will include a bone marrow transplant to be donated by her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts.

On Thursday, Martina McBride is set to perform "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" on GMA in honor of Roberts, who also is a breast cancer survivor and who appeared in Martina's video for "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" last year. Martina says of Roberts, "She is an inspiration to me, my family and my fans.  I can't wait to see her on Thursday to give her a big hug and perform for her.  It's an honor."

Roberts revealed her MDS diagnosis on Good Morning America last June, and how she underwent a procedure to extract bone marrow on the day before she was to interview President Obama.  That interview grabbed headlines when the president used it to announce his support of gay marriage.

"The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life," said Roberts.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug082012

Robert Pattinson to Appear on "The Daily Show," "GMA"

Dominique Charriau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- As he continues to deal with the fallout of his girlfriend Kristen Stewart cheating on him, Robert Pattinson will sit down for an interview with ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

It's one of two upcoming sit-down interviews for the 26-year-old actor; he reportedly is also confirmed to appear as a guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show on Monday, Aug. 13.

These will be Pattinson's first interviews since Stewart publicly apologized for cheating on him with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.

The GMA appearance will be a live interview.  There is no word yet on who will be asking the questions to Pattinson, but he will be there to promote his new movie, Cosmopolis.

Meanwhile, Pattinson left Reese Witherspoon's house in Ojai, Calif., on Friday for a night out with friends from the U.K. at a nearby country-Western bar. 

A source told People magazine, "Pattinson came in with a few friends, like three guys.  There was a big party here already and they came in to hang out with the party.  There were two girls that were hanging around him, but not Rob necessarily.  He seemed happy, fine." 

The source added, "He was laughing and smiling most of the time, but he was low key.  He didn't really get up.  No dancing or anything.  He was totally nice and polite."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul092012

Jack Osbourne: Living With Multiple Sclerosis

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two months after receiving the shocking diagnosis that he has multiple sclerosis, Jack Osbourne says he is doing “pretty good.”

The vision loss that caused doctors to diagnose the former reality-TV star and son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne with the chronic disease has eased and the one-time partier, who spent time in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, says he’s leading a new, cleaner life.

“Since starting medication my vision is coming back slowly and, other than that, no side effects,” Osbourne, 26, said today on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“It’s kind of manageable,” he said of MS, an autoimmune disease that can leave sufferers with mild problems, including lack of muscle control or struggles with vision and balance, to serious disability, including paralysis.  “Once you kind of learn about it, it’s just a bit of lifestyle change and I can live with that.”

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Helping Osbourne to face the disease is a celebrity ally, Montel Williams. The talk show host announced his own MS diagnosis in 1999 and went on to found The Montel Williams MS Foundation to raise funds for research.

“Montel has been a really great source of information because he’s so knowledgeable about MS,” Osbourne said.  “He’s had it for a long time and he’s very active in the world so he’s kind of my go-to guy when anything comes up.”

When Osbourne first received his MS diagnosis, just weeks after his fiancé, Lisa Stelly, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Pearl Clementine, it was not Williams but another celebrity who came to his mind.

“I instantly thought Richard Pryor,” he said, referring to the late comedian whose MS left him confined to a wheelchair.  “So I thought death sentence, that’s it.  I’ll be in a wheelchair in a couple of years and game over.”

“But the more research you do, you know, unfortunately Richard Pryor had a bad case of MS.  There’s different kind of classes of MS and he had the most aggressive,” Osbourne said.  “I have relapsing-remitting MS.  It’s the most common and the least aggressive.”

Osbourne’s diagnosis is allowing him to control the disease and its symptoms with lifestyle changes and his new “adapt and overcome” motto towards life.

“It’s stuff like minimize stress.  Eat as healthily as you can.  Get as much sleep as you can,” he said.  “It’s kind of the recipe for good living.”

He’s also plowing ahead with his career, working on a new show called Haunted Highway for the SyFy channel and moving past the disappointment of being fired from a job he had booked just as he was diagnosed.

“I started a production company last year and we’re producing a show for NatGeo Wild called Alpha Dogs about guys who train dogs for the military and police,” he said.  “And last year I did the documentary about my dad [God Bless Ozzy Osbourne] and that’s airing on Showtime.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul022012

Katy Perry Equates Divorce to a ‘Scar’ as Release of Her New Film Approaches

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Although popular songstress Katy Perry might sing of “Teenage Dreams,” her new documentary film indicates her life hasn’t always been picture-perfect.

The singer has had a year of highs and lows.  She embarked on a world tour and released two hit songs all while experiencing a very public divorce from actor Russell Brand.

Perry spoke to Elizabeth Vargas on Good Morning America about her new movie, Part of Me, which opens July 5.

Perry, 27, told Vargas that she believes that her music resonates with people because she is honest:  “I’m not singing about how fabulous everything is.”

It has been suggested that her divorce from Brand is the inspiration behind her latest music and an important part of the film that she chose to include.

“It’s like a scar,” she said. “Sometimes you look on your legs or your arms and you see this scar. And sometimes they’re bad and it reminds you of the thing that you learned or what not to do again. But you needed that reminder. And these are valuable things. They’re life lessons that help me in the future.”

The film offers insight beyond the divorce to issues her Evangelical family had with her on-stage persona. “Katy, I’m not going to watch you if you have half your clothes off,” Perry’s mom says in the flick.

Although her parents are deeply religious, Perry refers to herself as “open.”

“But I still have a moral compass, I hope. And I still try to make all of my decisions with integrity and respect,” she said.

“I know if I get out of line, either my grandmother or my sister will pop me.”

Perry’s close relationship with her sister, Angela, is shown in the movie.  She even helped her sister plan her wedding while her own marriage was on the rocks.

“I told her I was going to be this one day,” she said. “And I said I was going to take her along with me. And I’ve taken her along with me. And she’s kind of like my warden.  She’s the one that has that invisible leash you see mothers and the children in the malls, they’re tied to and they kind of yank when the kid gets out of line? That’s my sister.”

The songstress wanted her audience to see a real side of her and didn’t remove scenes that showed her in an unflattering light.

“I’m OK with showing that real side and stripping that down. I even like the scenes where I left in the movie that maybe weren’t under the most flattering lights and I looked obviously exhausted and tired.   I just wanted to kind of show that like really at the end of it all I was just a normal girl, pretty plane Jane, who had an idea, planted a seed and watered it.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun112012

Snooki: No Drinking, No Tanning, No Flats During Pregnancy

Craig Barritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is trading in GTL -- gym, tanning and laundry -- for breastfeeding and sobriety. The MTV reality star, who sat down with ABC's Juju Chang in an interview that aired on Monday's Good Morning America, is changing her ways as she prepares for the birth of her first child with fiancé Jionni Lavalle.

Snooki, who became notorious for her alcohol-fueled partying on the hit MTV show, said that she's sworn off drinking for the next few months.

"All of my friends are like, 'You can have a glass of wine.' I'm like, 'No. I refuse,'" Snooki told Chang. "Because, you know, I'm going to be that person that has a glass of wine and [the baby will] come out with three legs. I'm scared to even have caffeine."

The soon-to-be mom has also stayed away from the tanning booth and says that she's "embracing the paleness that's coming along with it." When asked if she plans to breastfeed, Snooki said, "It just looks so painful, but I definitely want to pump [my breast milk] because its the best nutrients for your baby."

But even though she has given up on dying her hair and partying while pregnant, she won't let go of her leopard prints, tight clothes and sky-high heels. "I'm only 24 and I'm pregnant. It doesn't mean I need to wear flats and ugly shoes. I can still look good," insisted Snooki.

MTV has yet to announce a premiere date for the sixth season of Jersey Shore.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May242012

Kevin Costner Wrote Whitney Houston About Her Drug Use, Actor Says

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston formed a unique friendship, thanks to co-starring in the 1992 romantic thriller The Bodyguard, which became the second highest-grossing film worldwide when it was released. On Thursday's Good Morning America, Costner admitted that although Houston's family asked him to give her eulogy after her death in February, he was nervous about his remarks.

"You can't be everything to everyone and how people choose to deal with it is something I was speaking to in the room," Costner said of his funeral address. "Oprah was in the room and Diane Sawyer and all those people I wish were up there speaking instead of myself. What was I going to say?"

The 57-year-old actor and director figured out exactly what to say, crafting a heartwarming eulogy that spoke of his and Houston's similarities growing up in Baptist churches. Costner also spoke of Houston's insecurities as a public figure -- anxieties that led to her drug use.

"I saw pretty much what everybody else saw," Costner said of Houston's drug use. "I was asked a couple times by closer friends of hers to write her a note. I did. ...I don't know if she ever read them."

"She was a very important person to me," Costner declared. "The world has connected us in a way that we'll never not be."

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