Robin Roberts from “Good Morning America” is feeling worse than she’d expected. The popular host recently announced on the air that she’s going to take off sooner than she’d originally planned, in large part to deal with a life-threatening medical condition.
Roberts has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, also known as MDS. This week, she told the country that she is going to take some much needed time off.
“Well a full disclosure here, I’m not feeling too well,” Roberts said. “In fact, I’m going to leave, and let you all do the rest of the program on your own. I’m going to take a little time off, just to get some vacay. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.”
“I can’t talk on this side of my mouth,” she admitted to the audience, candidly describing her condition. Roberts had a sore jaw due to her treatment for her illness.
“We’re going to miss you, but we do appreciate the Jimmy Cagney impersonation before you leave,” said Josh Elliot, her co-host.
“Our Robin Roberts, we love you. Get a little rest. Take a week off, take two, then come back,” said Sam Champion, another member of the show.
Roberts survived breast cancer in 2007 and was already expected to leave the show in August for a bone-marrow transplant.