But consider it a test run.
"What a thrill to be back at GMA's Times Square Studio this morning and see the best folks in the world, my GMA family," ABC News quoted the 52-year-old journalist as saying. "I can't wait to get back to the anchor chair in a few weeks."
Last week Roberts, her head bald from her treatment, told co-anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview that after conferring with her doctors she'd be doing a series of "dry runs"—i.e., adjusting her body again to the rigors of her job.
That means rising at 4 a.m., arriving at the studio by 5 a.m. and getting used to the stressful studio environment she left behind last August when she announced she was taking a medical leave of absence to be treated for myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disease.
"My skin is very sensitive and so we have to see how it reacts to the studio lights. My vision is still a little blurry from the treatment," the TV veteran said. "All of this is getting better day by day so that is the next step."
We're happy to see you back, Robin!