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Robin Roberts returns to 'GMA'

The recovering anchor gets an all-star reception, five months to the day since her bone-marrow transplant. "I have been waiting 174 days to say this," noted Robin Roberts on Wednesday morning. "The 'Good Morning America' anchor was welcomed back to work five months after a bone-marrow transplant for a rare blood disorder. News anchor Josh Elliott, left, weatherman Sam Champion, lifestyle editor Lara Spencer, Roberts and co-host George Stephanopoulos celebrated their reunion. Heidi Gutman, ABC "I have been waiting 174 days to say this," noted Robin Roberts on Wednesday morning. "The 'Good Morning America' anchor was welcomed back to work five months after a bone-marrow transplant for a rare blood disorder. News anchor Josh Elliott, left, weatherman Sam Champion, lifestyle editor Lara Spencer, Roberts and co-host George Stephanopoulos celebrated their reunion. Leading the on-set welcome-back party was co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, who greeted her with, "Hello Robin. The froggy slippers are off." He was referring to her footwear of choice while she recovered at home. One day, when Oprah Winfrey filled in for her, the whole 'GMA' team sported Kermit kicks while sitting on the couch. Roberts was treated to a montage of "welcome back" messages from the likes of President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who joked that she was at home watching "now that I have no viable employment prospects" and implored her to "wave to me." Joining the party were Roberts' sisters, Dorothy Roberts McEwen, center, and Sally-Ann Roberts. Sally-Ann, a fellow journalist who hosts the morning news at New Orleans' WWLTV, was a genetic match and donated her bone marrow. The Roberts siblings spend some quality couch time with the 'GMA' on-air team: news reader Josh Elliott, left, Robin Roberts, Dorothy Roberts McEwen, Sally-Ann Roberts, George Stephanopolous, entertainment reporter Lara Spencer and weatherman Sam Champion. Roberts makes her first foray outside to greet fans in New York's Times Square. Roberts takes a moment to read all the "welcome back" signs outside the 'GMA' studio. There were plenty of "welcome back" signs inside the studio, too. Roberts relishes being back with her boys at the 'GMA' anchor desk. Five months since bone-marrow transplant Obamas send welcome back message Roberts looks fit, healthy and happy on first day back Five months after a bone-marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder, Robin Roberts resumed duties as co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday morning, saying "I have been waiting 174 days to say this: 'Good Morning America.' " Roberts' return was billed as a very special edition of GMA, and it included a welcome back message from President Obama and wife Michelle, whom Roberts is scheduled to interview in the next few days: "Good morning America and welcome back Robin," Obama said. "Robin," Michelle Obama added, "we just want you to know that the whole Obama family — we've been thinking about you and praying for you and rooting for you every step of the way." Leading the on-set welcome-back party was co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, who greeted her with, "Hello Robin. The froggy slippers are off and she's back in Times Square five months to the day from her bone-marrow transplant. Her doctors giving her the thumbs-up, she's been getting into fighting shape, all of Team Robin here and across the country give a big welcome right now." Other guests on set and via video ranged from Roberts' siblings, Sally-Ann and Dorothy, to former secretary of state Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Kobe Bryant. Roberts, looking fit, seemed thrilled to be back. "I keep pinching myself and I realize this is real. This is actually happening, and I don't have my froggy slippers on, or do I?" she joked. "Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment and I am so full of grat


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