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Brian Williams to take leave from NBC News to have surgery

NBC News anchor Brian Williams will be off the air for a few weeks soon for surgery to replace a knee that was damaged in a high school football game decades ago.

Yet in what may be a sign of increased competitiveness in an evening news ratings race that Williams has dominated for several years, NBC News would not say Friday when Williams would go under the knife. Spokeswoman Erika Masonhall would say only that Williams will anchor Nightly News on Monday.

Williams discussed the knee replacement surgery Thursday in a Nightly News segment about the procedure by Dr. Nancy Snyderman. “If you don’t see me around here for a while, this is the reason why,” he said.

Lester Holt will anchor the nightly news while Williams is away. READ FULL STORY

Angelina Jolie 'empowered' CNN anchor to take cancer fight public

Zoraida Sambolin, co-anchor of CNN’s Early Start, told viewers that she has breast cancer and credited Angelina Jolie’s public revelation about her health concerns with inspiring her to share her own difficult decision to undergo a double mastectomy.

Sambolin was diagnosed five weeks ago and had been struggling with how to break the news to her co-workers and television audience when Jolie published her story in the New York Times. “Angelina empowered me to share my story,” Sambolin wrote on CNN.com. “I identified with some of the issues she candidly discussed, such as her children, her sexuality and her femininity.”

Sambolin, who has two children, will undergo her double mastectomy later this month.

Watch her discuss the difficult issues involved below: READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' announcer Don Pardo suffers broken hip -- Report

Live, from New York, it’s… not Don Pardo, who wasn’t on hand to announce SNL‘s lineup during last weekend’s show. According to TMZ, the nonagenarian — he recently celebrated his 95th birthday — sat this week out because he’s recovering from a broken hip.

NBC declined to comment on Pardo’s health, but TMZ’s sources say he’s “doing just fine” — which should be a relief to longtime SNL fans. The iconic announcer has been reading off names for the sketch show since it began in 1975, and has missed only one year in Saturday Night Live‘s 38-season run: season 7, when producer Dick Ebersol also nixed starting the show with “Live from New York…” Thankfully, both the line and Pardo were restored for season 8 in the fall of 1982.

See the face behind the voice in this video from 2010, in which Amy Poehler and Lorne Michaels welcome Pardo into the Television Academy Hall of Fame:

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Robin Roberts shares health update, announces 'GMA' return -- VIDEO

After a bone marrow transplant, months of recovery, and one huge makeover — she’s really pulling off the “no hair” look — Robin Roberts is almost ready to return to Good Morning America‘s live broadcasts.

Roberts, who left the show in August to seek treatment for a rare blood disorder, revealed today on GMA that her latest bone marrow test showed no abnormalities. In light of this news, she has been cleared to “begin the process of returning to the anchor chair.” In other words, said Roberts: “I’m coming home.”

Roberts will head back to the GMA set for a “dry run” next week. “I’ll get up, go to the studio. I’ll have makeup and hair,” the anchor explained from her New York City apartment. “Well, makeup. We’ll talk about the hair later.”

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Brooke Burke reveals thyroid cancer -- VIDEO

Dancing With the Stars co-host Brooke Burke says she has thyroid cancer. Burke posted a video message Thursday on YouTube disclosing her condition and her plans for surgery to remove her thyroid.

The 41-year-old mother of four says a lump on her thyroid was found during a biopsy. She says in the video that the surgery has been scheduled, but she doesn’t specify when. She says it will leave “a nice big scar right here,” tracing a line across her throat. READ FULL STORY

'Good Morning America's Robin Roberts out of the hospital

Robin Roberts has been released from the hospital after undergoing a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

The Good Morning America anchor spent exactly one month in the hospital before heading home on Wednesday afternoon. “There’s no place like home,” she tweeted early this morning. “After 30 days in the hospital I’m home. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank YOU and bless YOU. XO”

Roberts also posted an entry on ABC News, thanking her sisters for their support. “My sisters Sally-Ann and Dorothy were here to help me make the transition. I’ll be adding that to the long list of things for which I am grateful. Least of all, my new and improved bone marrow thanks to Sally-Ann. My doctors tell me her cells are making themselves right at home and with the grace of God, I pray that they will continue to do so.” READ FULL STORY

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