Most critics agree that Robin Roberts has been key to elevating Good Morning America ahead of NBC’s Today, and keeping it there.
But does the co-host have the star power to make her own daytime show fly? That’s what execs in the station and syndication community have been buzzing about in recent days since word spread quietly that Disney/ABC might consider a Roberts-led syndicated talk show as one of the next possible GMA spinoff projects, according to multiple sources.
Roberts could head to daytime as an expansion of GMA, though it certainly sounds as though no move is imminent. Per TVNewser.com.
Did you know? She joined ESPN as a sportscaster in February 1990, where she stayed until 2005. She became well known on Sportscenter for her catchphrase, “Go on with your bad self!” Roberts began to work for ABC News, specifically as a featured reporter, for Good Morning America in June 1995.
In the fall of 2005, Roberts anchored a series of emotional reports from the Mississippi Gulf Coast after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina; her hometown of Pass Christian was especially hard hit, with her old high school completely reduced to rubble.
On February 22, 2009, Roberts hosted the Academy Awards preshow for ABC, and did so again in 2011.
Roberts is inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the hall’s class of 2012 for her contributions to and impact on the game of women’s basketball through her broadcasting work and play. ESPN will award its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Robin Roberts at the 2013 ESPY awards this summer.
In 2007 Roberts was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. She underwent surgery on August 3, and by January 2008 had completed eight chemotherapy treatments, followed by 6½ weeks of radiation treatment.
In 2012 she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). She took a leave from GMA to get a bone marrow transplant, and went home in October 2012. She returned to GMA on February 20, 2013.