Robin Roberts returning to GMA February 20

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Robin Roberts. Image courtesy of ABC/USA TODAY.
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Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Roberts will return on Feb. 20, five months to the day after her transplant.

Good Morning America announced Robin Roberts' return date on Thursday.

It's Feb. 20, five months to the day since she underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a rare blood disorder.

With stars including Hillary Clinton, Sally Field and the cast of Modern Family welcoming Roberts, 52, back in a video, Good Morning America announced Thursday morning the anchor will be back in less than two weeks.

Everyone in the studio gave the news a standing ovation.

"Robin will be back on an abbreviated schedule," said co-anchor Sam Champion, "but eventually we'll get her five days a week."

Roberts posted a note saying she's "excited to re-join my wonderful 'GMA' family. I'm also looking forward to thanking YOU ... for your many prayers and well wishes. Your compassion has been an enormous source of comfort to me and my family."

She added that she's "heading to the beach for the next week to reflect and give thanks for my many blessings."

Just last week, Roberts traveled down to her home state of Louisiana with GMA pals Josh Elliott and Champion to see family and friends and enjoy some Super Bowl festivities.

Roberts also began a series of "dry runs" at the GMA studio in Times Square last month to start acclimating herself again to the anchor chair.

Said a smiling Lara Spencer today, "The countdown is now officially on!"

USA TODAY

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