Terry Morrow: Bevy of ABC stars to fill Robin Roberts' 'GMA' chair

FILE - This Dec. 8, 2011 file photo shows ABC News personality Robin Roberts arriving to the opening night performance of the Broadway play 'Stick Fly', in New York. On Monday, June 11, 2012, Roberts announced on 'Good Morning America' that she has been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia. She will start pre-treatment chemotherapy in advance of a bone marrow transplant later this year. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

FILE - This Dec. 8, 2011 file photo shows ABC News personality Robin Roberts arriving to the opening night performance of the Broadway play "Stick Fly", in New York. On Monday, June 11, 2012, Roberts announced on "Good Morning America" that she has been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia. She will start pre-treatment chemotherapy in advance of a bone marrow transplant later this year. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

BEVERLY HILLS — Robin Roberts can see by her personal journal what a significant April she had.

"Good Morning America," the daily morning news program of which she is a host, was No. 1 for the first time in years, besting seemingly invincible "Today." (In the Knoxville market, "Today" remains strong, with its audience sometimes double of "GMA.")

She got dire health news. Roberts, who already survived breast cancer, learned she had MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. A bone marrow transplant is schedule for later this year.

Then, after getting that diagnosis, Roberts landed a hallmark interview with President Obama, in which he announced he supported same-sex unions.

"You never know what the day is going to bring," Roberts said Thursday.

She'll take her medical leave at the end of August or in early September.

Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Kelly Ripa, the women of "The View" and Katie Couric may all be in the mix to fill Roberts' place while she's gone.

On Thursday, Roberts remained optimistic.

"This, too, will pass," she said her latest health crisis. On this day, she said she was a little more tired than usual and was looking forward to going ahead with the transplant.

Talk. Katie Couric said she was glad to have a "grace period" between the launch of her talk show and the end of the Oprah Winfrey daytime era.

Winfrey left her syndicated daytime show a year ago. At that time, Couric was anchoring CBS's evening news.

When she left CBS, she decided to return to daytime and host her own talk show. "It's still a work in progress, and at times be a single-topic show, sometimes two (topics) and maybe even three," she said of the show.

"Katie" will originate from New York City daily and airing in Knoxville at 4 p.m. weekdays on WATE, Channel 6.

Among the standing features: "Women Who Should Be Famous," in which talented women who aren't famous show off their skills.

"I'll be able to flex my muscles," Couric said of the variety she anticipates "Katie" will have. "I proud myself in using he right tone and approach" when it comes to either serious or lighter news pieces.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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