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Lara Spencer promoted to 'Good Morning America' co-host

Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer will now be joining Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos as co-host.

Spencer has been on the show as a lifestyle anchor, a position created just for her, since 2011, but before that, she was a national correspondent for Good Morning America from 1999 to 2003.

This isn’t the only GMA news this week: Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host and former football star Michael Strahan officially announced April 15 that he’ll be joining the hosts a few times a week while still keeping his Live! gig.

Jon Hamm to host 2013 ESPYS -- VIDEO

During an appearance this morning on LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Jon Hamm announced that he will be hosting the 2013 ESPYS.

“The ESPYS is designed to showcase the year’s best sports moments in a sharp, fun and entertaining manner and Jon’s the perfect host for this year’s show. His appearances on shows like 30 Rock and SNL show that humor and creativity are two of his main strengths,” ESPYS executive producer Maura Mandt said in a statement. “The combination of Jon’s dry wit with his passion for sports will give fans a unique and original view of the year in sports.”

The 2013 ESPYS will air live on ESPN on July 17 at 9 p.m. ET from Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Previous hosts for the show have included Justin Timberlake, Seth Meyers, and Samuel L. Jackson. READ FULL STORY

Robin Roberts sets 'Good Morning America' return date -- VIDEO

She’s back!

Well, almost. Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts announced today that she’ll return to the ABC program on Feb. 20 — coincidentally enough, five months to the day since her bone marrow transplant.

Roberts took a medical leave of absence from GMA late last summer to treat her myelodysplastic syndrome (or MDS), a rare blood disorder. She underwent a bone marrow transplant on Sept. 20, was released from the hospital Oct. 10, and — after one more hospital stay in November — began preparing for her return to the morning program with a series of “dry runs” last month. READ FULL STORY

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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'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

Ann Romney to guest-host 'Good Morning America'

Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey, and Chris Rock are already on tap to fill in for GMA‘s Robin Roberts while she recovers from a bone marrow transplant. Now another name has joined their ranks: Ann Romney, dressage enthusiast and wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

According to the Associated Press, Ann will host from the anchor desk during Good Morning America‘s 8 a.m. hour next Wednesday, Oct. 10. ABC tells EW that the potential first lady is technically a special guest host rather than a replacement for Roberts, though she will be sitting in Roberts’ spot next to George Stephanopoulos. ABC is trying to arrange a similar guest-hosting stint for First Lady Michelle Obama, though her schedule may not allow for it.

Romney’s GMA appearance comes in the wake of Wednesday’s first presidential debate, widely believed to have been a convincing win for her husband. It will also occur one day before the vice-presidential debate in Danville, Ky.

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Robin Roberts leaves 'GMA' one day early; Oprah tops list of celebrity subs

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was supposed to begin a medical leave of absence after Friday’s show. But in a surprise move, the ailing newswoman announced on air this morning that today would, in fact, be her last day on GMA “for a while.”

“Some things happened at home,” Roberts said, explaining that her 88-year-old mother is also in poor health. Roberts and her sister, Sally-Ann, are both heading to Mississippi to care for her and be with other family members affected by Hurricane Isaac. Once home, Roberts will also begin preparing for a bone marrow transplant to treat her myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS.

Though her farewell was emotional, Roberts presented a brave face: “‘Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning,’” she said, reciting an inspirational quote. “I am determined not to miss that meaning.” READ FULL STORY

Robin Roberts takes medical leave from 'Good Morning America'

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts will take a leave of absence from the show after this week, the show has confirmed. Shortly before this morning’s broadcast, when Roberts made the announcement herself, this message appeared on GMA‘s official Twitter: “Friday will be @RobinRoberts’ last day before leaving for her bone marrow transplant and treatment for MDS.”

Roberts began to unravel the news this past weekend that her leave was impending when she tweeted about leaving her dog KJ with friends in Maine. This morning, Roberts told viewers that she is preparing to check into the hospital from treatments next Tuesday. “It still takes about 10 days after being admitted because there are some things you have to go through before the (bone marrow) transplant actually occurs,” she said according to USA Today‘s report. Roberts’ sister Sally will provide the bone marrow for the transplant. Roberts will be away from the program for months, though no specific return date has been announced.

Throughout the week, GMA will celebrate “Robin’s journey.” Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, announced in June that she was suffering from MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), a rare blood and bone-marrow disease. She told viewers last last month that she was anticipating a medical leave in late August, though she had not set a specific date until today’s confirmation.

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Robin Roberts planning medical leave from 'GMA'

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts is planning to take a medical leave around the end of August for her bone marrow transplant.

But during her absence from the ABC morning show, she’ll be getting a little help from her friends, she said Thursday.

Roberts listed Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric among her “wonderful, wonderful friends at ABC News” who will be subbing for her. Others mentioned: talk-show host Kelly Ripa and panelists from the ABC talk show The View.

Roberts announced last month that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease once known as preleukemia.

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