GMA’s Robin Roberts has asked for tissues as she recounts her experiences with partner Amber Laign’s battle with cancer.
Robin sat down with guest Rita Wilson among others during a recent episode of her Disney+ series, Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts.
Robin Roberts spoke to Rita Wilson about dealing with her own illness as well as partner Amber Laign’sDisney+The pair talked together during a recent episode of Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts, Robin’s Disney+ seriesDisney+
In the episode, one conversation found Rita prompting Robin to delve into “what it’s like” dealing with a loved one with an illness.
She had been referring to the anchor’s longtime partner Amber, who had been battling breast cancer.
The discussion explored how Robin has been holding up while supporting her partner.
“Where’s the tissues?” Robin asked, pretending to reach for one before answering the question.
She looked visibly shaken as she continued, preparing herself to talk about Amber.
“I mean, I can talk about mine, and just look at you, and…” Robin paused to gather her thoughts and composed herself.
The pair were kindred spirits in the moment, having suffered from the same illness.
Robin had previously battled breast cancer herself in 2007 as well as a diagnosis of myelodysplatic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow in 2012.
Rita was diagnosed with breast cancer and as a result underwent a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery.
She kept going: “I talk about her, what she’s going through, and not because her case is more severe than mine, when you’re a caregiver, it’s totally different than when you’re the patient.”
She quickly gathered herself before continuing the conversation as the tears eventually dissipated.
Meanwhile, Robin made an appearance on a different news program.
She remained absent from Good Morning America and promoted her show, Turning Tables.
On Friday morning, Robin was not on the morning show.
Instead, Rebecca Jarvis took Robin’s seat, and sat alongside George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan.
Meanwhile, Robin was still working as she appeared on ABC7 News Bay Area.
She talked with Julian Glover and Kristen Sze about season two of her Disney Plus mini-series, Turning Tables with Robin Roberts.
On March 10, Julian posted a video to his Twitter and captioned it: “The Queen of @GMA @RobinRoberts stopped by Midday Live & we had the pleasure of interviewing her about season 2 of her @DisneyPlus show Turning the Tables w/Robin Roberts. Didn’t expect her to graciously encourage my reporting on social justice and inequity. She’s such a gem.”
“I love it because you are truly meeting folks where they are, at home,” Julian said. “And get them to where they want to be.”
“Yes! You do that too,” The GMA host replied. “I know about a lot of the work that you have been doing with equities and thank you, Julian for doing that.”
“And it is. It’s meeting people. And I want people to know that they should be in a place where they are celebrated, not tolerated.”
She continued: “And that’s something that no matter what walk of life you are in, you just want to be celebrated. Yes, we do have difference of opinions, Yes, we do have differences, but can we find that common ground?”
“And that’s really something that I try to do, through my shows, through different things on Good Morning America and the programming that I provide.”
Before her interview aired, another journalist from ABC7 snapped a picture with her and posted it to social media, giving GMA fans a clue as to where she was.
Fellow ABC reporter Karina Nova shared a snap of her and Robin together on Instagram amid the GMA anchor’s mysterious absence from the morning show on Thursday.
The 62-year-old and the KGO-TV anchor posed together in what appeared to be one of ABC’s production offices.
Karina wore a form-fitting wine red 3/4 dress, while Robin wore a multicolored abstract-patterned blouse tucked in black slacks.
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer accessorized her outfit with a necklace, earrings, rings, and an apple watch.
The west coast-based reporter noted in her post’s caption that it was an “honor” to meet the TV star.
“Honored to meet GMA’s Robin Roberts today! And excited to see more of her series, ‘Turning the Tables’ on Disney+,” Karina wrote alongside the snap.
She tagged San Francisco, California, in the location section of the post.
Robin responded in the comment section of Karina’s post that she “enjoyed” meeting her also.
Some fans that were in Karina’s comment section lauded her snap with Robin for being “cool” and “pretty.”
On Thursday, Robin was replaced by fan-favorite fill-in host Juju Chang, 57.
SOUP’S UP GMA
Earlier this week, before Robin went missing from the show, she stunned her friend and co-star, Sam Champion into silence.
His face went completely blank after co-anchor, Robin, asked whether he had heard about the legendary lasagna soup.
“Have you heard of lasagna soup?” she asked, curiously.
In the clip posted to Twitter, the meteorologist could be seen looking across the room helplessly before responding.
“Charlene says she has, but I have not and I am trying to get my head wrapped around this. Go ahead,” he told her.
The GMA anchor quickly explained that the new pasta creation was the “latest cooking craze” taking over TikTok.
“It’s hassle-free. it’s budget-friendly. It’s delicious. And we’re going to put it to the test. And it’s kid-friendly too,” she added.
Even with her detailed explanation, Sam couldn’t quite fathom the concoction.
“You don’t know about lasagna soup?” Robin asked once again.
“I don’t. I don’t,” he repeated. “Is something wrong with me because I don’t know about lasagna soup?”
Robin began laughing, admitting that she had no idea what it was, either.
“Well we’ll all find out together,” he concluded, before turning the focus to other matters.
Robin explained that it’s ‘different’ when you’re a caregiver dealing with your partner’s illnessDisney+Robin, Amber, and Rita had all been diagnosed with breast cancer in their livesGetty ImagesRobin became very clearly emotional and asked for tissues when discussing her partnerGetty Images