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Robin Roberts returning to Good Morning America

Date January 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Robin Roberts said she is going to begin the process of returning to "Good Morning America." She expects to be back on the show by February.

During a live appearance on the ABC morning show Monday, Roberts said that the bone marrow transplant she underwent in September appeared to have been successful, and that her doctors have cleared her to begin easing back into her co-anchor job.

"I'm coming home," Roberts said. "We're talking now a matter of weeks, not months."

Roberts had to undergo the procedure after she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. She left the show in August.

Roberts compared returning to the show after her months-long absence to athletes returning from the disabled list and gingerly reacquainting themselves to life on the field.

"Part of the process of reentry is I got up at 4 a.m. this morning," Roberts said. "That's one thing I have not missed is that alarm clock."

Next week, Roberts will begin making the trek into "Good Morning America's" Times Square home. She will go through her usual routine, getting makeup and testing her body's response to harsh television lighting. However, she said she will not go on the air until she is certain she won't suffer a medical setback.

"Now I have a date in mind that's very personal and very important to me, but I will ultimately listen to, of course, what my doctors say and, course, we have to remember we're in the height of flu season," Roberts said. "There's a lot of factors still."

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