Celebrity Friends Will Keep Robin Roberts' Seat Warm On 'GMA'

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Celebrity Friends Will Keep Robin Roberts\' Seat Warm On \'GMA\'
It’s a somber day in the morning television world…

Robin Roberts made her final appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this morning prior to her medical leave to address her MDS diagnosis. With it came a sincere goodbye and a guarantee that she could never be replaced.

Filling in for the host in her absence will be some big names, including Oprah Winfrey’s highly publicized return to network television.

Also scheduled to fill in when the queen of daytime talk isn’t available are Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Rob Lowe, and the cast of ABC’s hit sitcom “Modern Family.” Seasoned veterans to help out the longtime co-anchor’s absence are Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Elizabeth Vargas.

"This means so much, that these friends are stepping up like this," Roberts said on Thursday’s “GMA” episode. "It doesn't surprise me at all because they love the program, and they love what we're doing and I love them for doing that."

As Hollyscoop previously reported, Roberts left a day early to her scheduled departure from the show. She and her sister Sally-Ann will travel to Mississippi to be with their ailing mother who is being affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Sally-Ann donated bone marrow to Roberts for the bone marrow transplant procedure she will prepare for next week.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood addressed Roberts’ absence to the staff in a formal but heartfelt letter.

“Robin is the captain of our GMA team and heart and soul of the program,” said Sherwood. “We'll be with her every step of her new journey.”

While she is away, ABC news has launched a web page in honor of “Team Robin” to keep fans and staff up-to-date with her progress. Here, people can also leave messages for Robin and learn more about becoming a donor themselves.

In a one-on-one address, Roberts left viewers with a brave message, assuring them that she’d be back soon.

“Life provides loses and heartbreak for all of us, but the greatest tragedy is to have the experience to have that experience, but to miss the meaning,” she said. “I am determined not to miss the meaning.”

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