What Happened to Lara Spencer? 'GMA' Host Posts Health Update

Chrissy Bobic - Author

Jan. 11 2023, Updated 11:30 a.m. ET

Lara Christine Von Seleen, better known as Lara Spencer professionally, is one of the notable hosts of ABC’s Good Morning America. Since Lara joined the morning news show in 1999, she has shared several moments on the air.

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From her marriage (and divorce) to CNN’s David Haffenreffer to the birth of their two children, Kate and Duff, to her second marriage to Richard McVey, Lara has been transparent about her life’s changes while also maintaining her professionalism. Due to this, it shouldn’t be surprising that the anchor shared another challenge with her fans.

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In 2023, GMA fans became concerned for Lara after she revealed why she might look a little different on the show for a while. So, what happened to Lara Spencer? Keep reading to find out!

What happened to Lara Spencer of 'Good Morning America'?

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, Lara posted a photo to her Instagram account to inform her fans about her health. The Garden City, N.Y., native snapped a picture of her resting at home with a boot on one of her legs. Lara propped the boot up with a pillow in one slide and used the second slide to show off the scooter she was required to use to move around.

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“Not the boot I was hoping for this Christmas!!!” Lara wrote under her carousel. “BUT I did get some shiny new wheels (swipe to see my sexy scooter!!).”

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Lara further explained that she had to wear a boot to recover from a foot surgery she had to kick off 2023. She said her doctor “FINALLY FIXED” a torn plantar plate and ligament that continued getting “worse and worse” until she agreed to surgery after the holidays and her daughter’s last soccer season. One week after Lara’s health update, she gave her fans a look at her physical therapy sessions and how determined she was to heal her foot.

“I can't put weight on my left leg for five more weeks if I am lucky, and even then will still be wearing this book for another five, BUT I can stay in shape in the meantime,” Lara wrote under a video of her doing exercises. “This is a great ab buster! 3x 30 seconds each leg. Use ankle weights to really feel the burn (my boot does that for me!).”

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Lara Spencer stepped back from 'Good Morning America' in 2018.

In 2018, People announced Lara’s plans to leave her job as one of the co-anchors on Good Morning America to focus on her production company, DuffKat Media. The news outlet explained that Lara would still be a part of the show, but in a lesser capacity. She planned to spend more time on her company and other projects as a producer rather than the face in front of the camera.

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“Lara loves working at GMA, and she will continue to join the GMA desk on select mornings each week and contribute to special assignment reporting so she can continue building her lifestyle brand and work on all the TV shows for her production company,” a source shared with the outlet in 2018. “She knows she can’t balance GMA, all her upcoming television shows, and DuffKat while also finding time for her family.”

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The insider also noted that Lara was in the midst of planning her wedding to her second husband when she decided to step back from GMA.

Fortunately for fans, Lara is still a part of the morning show’s family and co-hosts the show with Robin Roberts, Michael Strahan, George Stephanopolous, and Ginger Zee.

In her January 2023 post about her foot injury, Lara joked that her scooter “should be interesting at work!!!” which signals that she’s staying with GMA.

Watch Good Morning America on weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and on Saturdays at 8 a.m. EST on ABC.

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