Robin Roberts is taking time off because she's feeling the effects of her blood and bone-marrow disease.
Recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, she made the
vacation announcement Tuesday on the morning show.
"Well a full disclosure here, I'm not feeling too well," Roberts said at 8:08
a.m. "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."
Appearing upbeat and energetic, she joked with colleague Josh Elliott, and
even made fun of herself for have a little trouble pronouncing a word. "I can't
talk on this side of my mouth," she confessed.
Roberts was suffering for a sore jaw as a result of a treatment of MDS.
"We're going to miss you, but we do appreciate the Jimmy Cagney impersonation
before you leave," Elliott joked back. Both then did their best impersonations
of the actor, and Roberts did not stay for the rest of second hour of the
Weather anchor Sam Champion wrapped up the segment with, "Our Robin Roberts,
we love you. Get a little rest. Take a week off, take two, then come back."
Roberts, who survived breast cancer in 2007, revealed on air in June that she
had MDS. She was already expected to take a leave from the show in late August
or early September for a bone-marrow transplant.
ABC says she was scheduled to go on vacation around now anyway, and that
she's expected to return to work in mid-August, before leaving again for the