Robin Roberts Takes Leave From GMA

"Good Morning America" co-host was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome earlier this year.

By Patrick Hickey Jr.
|  Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 11:39 AM EDT
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“Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts will take a leave of absence from the show late next month to undergo a bone marrow transplant. Roberts was diagnosed with bone marrow disease earlier in the year.

The 51-year-old's recent health battles reportedly stem after complications from successful breast cancer treatment. Over the past few months Roberts said she has battled “moments of fatigue” and feels it's time to address her health.

"It's fascinating-slash-scary how to prepare yourself for something like this," Roberts told reporters via satellite during an ABC panel at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Roberts said GMA’s recent surge in momentum has revitalized her, but she still felt the need to take a break from the show.

"The run that we've had has truly energized me," Roberts said.

In her absence Roberts expects her friends Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and possibly Kelly Ripa to fill in for her.

Suggested Reading: MSNBC, E Online, NBC News

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