Robin Roberts GMA Anchor Made Her Final Appearance

NEW YORK  Robin Roberts said goodbye Thursday to her ‘‘Good Morning America’’ co-workers and audience. But alone for a while.

‘‘See you later. See you soon. I'll get aback as anon as I can,’’ she promised at the abutting of her affecting adieu from the show.

The ‘‘GMA’’ ballast was authoritative her final actualization afore starting medical leave for a cartilage bottom transplant. Her abandonment had originally been set for Friday, but in a last-minute change of affairs she
chose to avenue a day aboriginal to appointment her ailing mother in Mississippi, she told viewers.

During her absence, a cardinal of acclaimed faces will be subbing for her, including advanced appear adolescent colleagues Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Elizabeth Vargas.

In addition, Roberts appear that Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock and Rob Lowe will be amid the stand-ins, as able-bodied as the casting of the ‘‘Modern Family.’’

In June, Roberts had aboriginal appear that she has MDS, a claret and cartilage bottom disease. She will be ailing abutting anniversary to adapt for the transplant. The donor will be her earlier sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, who was on duke for Thursday’s broadcast.

But two of Roberts’ on-air colleagues couldn’t be there, acknowledgment to the demands of breaking news.

From New Orleans, acclimate ballast Sam Champion accurate balmy wishes, as did co-anchor George Stephanopoulos from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. He had larboard abaft a allowance for Roberts: a tap bell.

‘‘Whatever you need, whenever you charge it, arena that bell,’’ he said.

With her and annual ballast Josh Elliott in the studio, affairs ballast Lara Spencer presented Roberts with monogrammed analogous pajamas for her and her sister.

‘‘We’re not arrant tears of sadness,’’ she told Roberts. ‘‘We’re arrant because we ambition we could booty this on for you.’’

One of Roberts’ doctors, Dr. Gail Roboz, discussed the medical procedures that lie ahead.

‘‘We’re acquisitive the aboriginal 30 (days) is aback we’re activity to see a lot of the accretion happening,’’ said Roboz.

But Roberts replied, ‘‘I'm not alike activity to ask you aback I can appear back, because you accept said, don’t put a calendar on it.’’

Roberts, who has put a adventurous and usually animated face on the challenges that anticipate her, aggregate with admirers an adorning quote: ‘‘Life provides losses and affliction for all of us. But the greatest tragedy is to accept the experience, and absence the meaning.’’

Said Roberts, ‘‘I am bent not to absence that meaning.’’

As the affairs neared its end, the absolute ‘‘GMA’’ aggregation aggregate about the anchors’ couch, announcement bracelets of abutment and address signs that answer the ‘‘teamrobin’’ Twitter account.

Then Roberts’ friend, country brilliant Martina McBride, performed her Grammy-nominated song ‘‘I'm Gonna Love You Through It,’’ an adorning song about aggressive breast cancer. Looking on, Roberts mouthed the lyrics as her eyes welled with tears.

During the morning, the chat ‘‘journey’’ had been mentioned again and ‘‘goodbye’’ was said in abounding ways.

‘‘I booty you with me in my heart,’’ said Roberts at one point, acclamation the abounding ‘‘GMA’’ staff. But absent there to be no mistake, she added: ‘‘I WILL be back, aloof so you know.’’

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