Now, this is how to start your day and feel inspired. After a 174-day leave of medical absence to undergo a bone marrow transplant to fight a life-threatening rare blood disorder, Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts has returned to her post at the ABC news program. Looking healthy and happy as ever, Roberts was cheered on by her friends, family, colleagues, and adoring fans out in New York City's Times Square for her warm, welcome return.
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Roberts, who has endured medical setbacks in the past (the 52-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007), continues to be a fighter and a beacon of hope and inspiration to all those who work with her and watch her every morning. Roberts told her co-anchors George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, and Sam Champion, the GMA studio, and viewers at home that "faith, family, and friends have brought me to this moment and I am so full of gratitude."
The GMA anchor thanked her doctors, nursers, family, and colleagues for their help and support and said she had to keep pinching herself about her long-awaited return. "I don't have my froggy slippers on," Roberts joked, adding, "Or do I?" Hey, if anyone has earned the right to wear froggy slippers on national television, it would be her.
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"As my mother said, ‘We all have something.' Everyone’s story has purpose and meaning and value and I share this morning, this day of celebration, with everyone," Roberts said during the opening of the broadcast, which also featured footage from celebrity well-wishers and a candid behind-the-scenes chat with Roberts and her GMAcolleagues. You can watch the first minutes of Roberts' wonderful return here:
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But perhaps the most inspiring thing of all about Roberts first live episode back on GMA, wasn't just her wise, humbled words, but that she rolled up her sleeves and got right back to work. Roberts is not only a great journalist, but an unstoppable, inspirational force of nature. It's good to have her back.
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While Dancing With the Stars All-Stars didn't exactly capture the public attention, NBC is attempting its own all-star reality gathering with the new season of The Celebrity Apprentice, debuting March 3.
This one might work better than ABC's, especially once you remember that Celebrity Apprentice has the unique ability to collect the most bizarre (and occasionally bats--- crazy) personalities in the biz. That craziness was on display at the show's TCA panel on Jan. 6, when some of the celeb contestants, including Stephen Baldwin, Lisa Rinna, Trace Adkins, Penn Jillette, and Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, gathered to discuss the new season.
Once we were able to stop snickering long enough to take notes, Hollywood.com gathered the most insane quotes from the panel. Enjoy them, and the first trailer for the new season, below.
On returning to the show:
Busey: "I’m very likable. The reason I did the show is because I didn’t have anything else to do."
Adkins: "It took my house burning down to get me to come back."
On the worthiness of individual charities:
Jillette: "If you’re against my charity you’re against Elvis, and if you’re against Elvis you’re against the United States of America."
On Stephen Baldwin's competitive nature:
Omarosa: "Stephen Baldwin will stab you in the front, as opposed to the back."
Baldwin: "Is that true about me, Trace?"
On how the show helped change the public's perception of the competitors:
Lil Jon: "Grandmoms love me. I can’t go anywhere without a 70-plus-year-old woman coming up to me and going ‘You did so good on Apprentice!’ "
Adkins: "Old ladies are hot for me too now."
On the competition:
Rinna: "Women can be bitchy. Let’s just say that."
Jillette: "Men can be bitchy too."
Omarosa: "Lil Jon had to break up all the fights between me and crazy-ass La Toya Jackson."
On the valuable life skills learned during production:
Adkins: "I don’t think I ever learned anything doing this show that I’ve used anywhere else. No s---."
Celebrity Apprentice All Stars premieres March 3 on NBC. Watch the hilarious teaser trailer here:
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