Robin Roberts Has Tested Positive for COVID-19 — When Will She Be Back on Air?
'Good Morning America' viewers are wondering whether longtime anchor Robin Roberts is still on the show. Here's everything you need to know.
Longtime Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts is up to a lot these days. The iconic TV personality was the co-host of the American version of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's extremely anticipated documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.
Then she made her way over to Lifetime for Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story, the true story of a woman that learns that she was raised by a mother who ripped her out of her real mother's arms.
Keep reading to find out what's going on with Robin Roberts, and where she is today.
Is Robin Roberts still on 'Good Morning America'?
In mid-January 2022, fans feared that Robin had left GMA for good after she went missing from the show for several days. It's typical to see her every morning, so her sudden absence was jarring — especially considering that she previously took a break from the show in 2012 due to a bone marrow transplant. So did Robin leave for her health again?
Sadly, yes — Robin tested positive for COVID-19. On Jan. 20, the GMA co-anchor took to Twitter to explain her absence: "I appreciate the concern about my absence this week on GMA. Unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID. Grateful my symptoms have been mild and that I’m doing well. Looking forward to returning as soon as I can."
According to Page Six, Robin is one of the many TV hosts and anchors who has contracted the coronavirus. Earlier this month, Today show co-anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie were battling COVID-19. Not to mention, late-night TV hosts Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and James Corden also tested positive for the virus.
Why is Robin Roberts working from home?
As required by the CDC and most major institutions today, Robin had to enter quarantine when she tested positive for COVID-19. The traditionally-allowed time for recovery from the virus has been about ten days for a large swathe of the pandemic. However, recent information from the CDC has stated that a patient who has tested negative after five days and is no longer experiencing symptoms of the virus can return to work.
Robin isn't letting her COVID-19 diagnosis stop her from delivering the morning's news to America. Working from her home studio in Connecticut, Robin is still hosting Good Morning America as she regularly would. Despite all of this, the host has not noted the exact date that she will return to working on the show in-studio.
Follow Robin's #ThriverThursday web series.
Though she's managed to beat two life-threatening illnesses in her 58 years of age, Robin Roberts is no fan of being labeled a survivor: "I'm not crazy about the word survivor," she says. "I say we are thriving and believe we are thrivers."
When the Good Morning America anchor underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat Myelodysplastic Syndrome, she wanted to define herself, not let her illness define her. "I had a choice," she wrote on Thriver Thursday's page, "let my illnesses define me and give into my difficult circumstances, or embrace my experience as a 'rebirth.' I refused to look back and only looked forward. Like many others, I chose to thrive, not just survive."
That drive is what led her to create Thriver Thursdays, a "social initiative" that spotlights thrivers like herself. "People who persevere, achieve their goals and even surpass them despite life-altering circumstances. It's everything from people who have experienced a catastrophic diagnosis, unexpected loss, unemployment, divorce, or personal betrayal. These are people who were faced with a choice and they chose to thrive."
Who is Robin's partner?
Robin came out back in 2013, after having previously spoken candidly about her health struggles, but never about her dating life. "I am grateful for my entire family, my long-time girlfriend, Amber Laign, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together," she said on social media at the time.
Amber and Robin have been dating since around 2005, the same year that Robin started on GMA, and now that their relationship is public, Robin doesn't miss an opportunity to gush adorably about her love on Instagram.
"Happy Birthday to my Sweet Amber!" she posted on her page Sept. 5. "What a blessing that she came into the world on this day. I'm grateful that this amazing woman has brought into my world unconditional love, compassion, adventure and such joy!"
We hope Robin gets well soon, and we wish her a speedy recovery!