ABC announced Roberts will interview the first lady later this week, to be shown next Tuesday.
ABC News President Ben Sherwood came into the studio to give fist bumps to the anchors at the 7:25 a.m. EST break. He said Roberts’ health will be closely monitored to make sure she doesn’t overdo it at the beginning.
“This was up to Robin, her doctors and God,” Sherwood said. “It’s a day that we all rejoice.”
ABC didn’t miss a beat with her absence, continuing in first place in the ratings after first overcoming NBC’s “Today” show last spring. Sherwood said the success with Roberts’ absence surprised him.