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In the 1990s, Robin Roberts began hosting Sportscenter and appearing as a guest reporter on Good Morning America. In 2005, she was hired as a full-time co-anchor of the morning news program.
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Roberts herself did not rely on the registry, but rather on her sister, Sally-Ann, who doctors deemed an excellent match. Nonetheless, Robin Roberts advocated for bone marrow donation via Be the Match and encouraged viewers to register.
On February 20, 2013, Robin Roberts made her first appearance on Good Morning America since she had begun treatment. The world witnessed her emotional return and happy reunion with the Good Morning America staff. Roberts helped Good Morning America win its best ratings numbers since the morning after the presidential election in November 2012—6.1 million viewers tuned in to see her return to the air. "I have been waiting 174 days to say this: Good morning, America!" she said during the segment.
Roberts appeared another time that week on the program, and has appeared in ABC's news coverage sporadically since then, including at the 2013 Academy Awards. But her wellness is not yet assured, so she has agreed to reappear slowly, continuing to work a few days a week at first. With the consent of her doctors, Roberts hopes to eventually anchor Good Morning America daily once again.
In early January 2014, Roberts officially came out as a gay woman on Good Morning America. She hadn't publicly discussed her sexual orientation prior to this announcement. The public also got to see a photo of Roberts's girlfriend, Amber Laign, on the show, following the news anchor's revelation.
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