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Robin Roberts

'GMA' Planning A-List Subs

While She's Gone

7/1/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Good Morning America" won't be left high and dry when Robin Roberts goes on medical leave in a couple months -- TMZ has learned, producers are arranging a star-studded list of substitutes to sit in for her.

As we reported, Roberts was diagnosed in April with myelodysplastic syndrome -- a serious blood and bone marrow disease -- and has already begun chemotherapy treatment ... before her big bone marrow transplant in a few months.

As for who made the temp list -- we're told producers will approach Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, Barbara Walters, Chris Cuomo, Connie Chung, Joan Lunden and others. We're told each substitute will sit in Robin's chair for a full week, and each Friday the next star sub will be announced.

Given the nature of the operation, it could take Roberts 4 months to recover -- so the list will be long.

But here's the good news. Robin, we're told, is in good physical shape and the condition was detected very early, so the prognosis is "very good" and she could be back much sooner than the 4 month estimate.

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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Is she still in the closet.

843 days ago
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moveover    

Connie Chung ... an A-Lister? lol

843 days ago
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CN    

Best wishes and good luck to Robin.

843 days ago
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cass    

She looks like a dude ...

843 days ago
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static    

Yeah let's exploit someone's misfortune of being sick to boost ratings, Just another example of how people in show business are among the worst people on earth.

843 days ago
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whatever    

That dyke needs to just come clean.

843 days ago
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jamesmania88    

maybe that's why NBC didn't want to get rid of ann curry

843 days ago
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JJ    

This was wrong NO matter how you report it; typical of this LOW CLASS network. Then they wonder why their ratings are so low???

843 days ago
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BB not bb    

These cancer treatments cause more cancer treatments. That is why she is back again in the hospital. A person's body can just take so much and then they wear out and die. She should go the natural route with something like Gershon therapy instead.

It is like the two serious, non ditzy female news anchors were both taken out of commission at once. I wonder if that is a plan. One day no more Ann Curry and the next, no more Robin Roberts. The women with strong personalities who stand out are being swept aside.

843 days ago
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tracker    

Robin,it will all work out,my friends and I were saying,we felt that ann curry was out, not because of anything she was doing,more that lots of us discoverd ROBIN ROBERTS,WITH ALL THAT GOES ON IN YOUR LIFE,YOU JUST END UP MAKING US FEEL BETTER AFTER WATCHING YOU SMILE..HARD TO EXPLAIN..SPEEDY RETURN AND GOD BLESS..

843 days ago
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Truth    

BARBARA WALTERS?? WTF??? K, HERE'S A CHANCE FOR TODAY SHOW TO BEAT GMA FOR A WEEK. #TRUTH!!

843 days ago
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nicole    

GMA is my morning show, but I can't stomach Barbara Walters with her old azz annoying self. Not impressed with the selection.

843 days ago
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xillip    

I have watched GMA for years. If she is gay or not should not factor in this matter. This is not a ratings stunt. Love you Rbin.

843 days ago
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Liza    

To all the people who think it's funny and witty to make disguisting comments about someone who is fighting for their life, I think you need some serious therapy. Maybe you need to dig deep into your childhood and figure out what Mommy and Daddy did to you that made you so cold hearted. Maybe you were drpped on your head in your double wide or maybe it's because your parents are brother and sister?

I would wish cancer upon you as well, but I don't want to be next to you in the gutter.

843 days ago
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Liza    

You people who think it's funny or witty to post disguisting comments about someone who is fighting for their life, is in need of some serious therapy. My gut is to wish the same health crisis on you, but that would make me as pathetic and cold hearted as you are.

843 days ago
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