The beloved Good Morning America anchor, 51, underwent a long-awaited bone marrow transplant Thursday in New York City and now begins her road to recovery. Injected with millions of stem cells harvested from her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, the journalist sang her favorite songs — including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — and chatted with friends in the time before Thursday’s five-minute procedure.
Among those in Roberts’ hospital room to support her? Sally-Ann, their sister Dorothy, and Roberts’ ABC colleagues Diane Sawyer and Sam Champion. “I don’t think I will ever forget the power and love that was in that room,” GMA weatherman Champion said on Friday’s show, showing a video clip filmed during the procedure. He added that his friend’s “spirits were high” on that important day.(US Magazine)
Roberts’ Aug. 30 departure from Good Morning America has not slowed her series’ ratings gains against Today. While the co-host is out on extended medical leave for a bone marrow transplant, her daytime show has won its third consecutive week in both total viewers and adults 25-54 over the previously unstoppable Today.
For the week of Sept 10, the second without Roberts,GMA topped Today by more than 600,000 total viewersWinning three weeks in a row, it’s the longest streak the show has had in both viewers and the demo in 18 years. (Hollywood Reporter)