It was supposed to run on the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, but that day was cancelled dur to the threat of Hurricane Isaac.
Weeks later, the GOP-produced video of Trump sitting behind his desk and chastising a man playing President Obama sitting across from him was released on line. The spoof has fake Obama saying things like “the private sector is fine” and ends with Trump finally telling the president, “You’re fired”!
Roberts’ departure was first planned for Friday, but she told viewers she chose to exit a day early to visit her ailing mother Lucimarian and their family in Mississippi as they deal with Hurricane Isaac.
“I’m having to move up my schedule,” Roberts said on Thursday’s GMA. “I am very blessed. Forty percent of Americans can’t even take a sick day, and here I know that I’m going to have a job when I come back.”
In June, she first disclosed that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She will be hospitalized next week to prepare for a bone marrow transplant. The donor will be her older sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, who was on hand for Thursday’s emotional send-off.
It was announced on this morning’s show that a variety of famous folks will be filling in for Roberts, including Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Kelly Ripa, the cast of “Modern Family,” Chris Rock, Rob Lowe and Oprah Winfrey as well as a few surprise guests.
And while Roberts, also a breast cancer survivor, pointed out that there is “no timetable” as to when she’ll eventually return to work, she did assure her coworkers that she would be watching them “in her jammies.”
Click here to watch Robin discuss her treatment with her sister Sally-Ann and her doctor Dr. Gail Roboz on this morning’s broadcast.
*Yahoo News fired its Washington bureau chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was caught on an open microphone saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, at the GOP convention in Florida while Hurricane Isaac threatened Louisiana, were “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
Company spokeswoman Anne Espiritu said Wednesday that David Chalian’s remark was inappropriate and does not represent Yahoo’s views, report the Associated Press.
“We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended,” she said.
Chalian made the remark during a hot-mic moment before Yahoo began its live coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday evening. Yahoo is streaming coverage in association with ABC News.
The website Newsbusters posted a copy of the video and the audio. The video showed Ann and Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, while the audio picked up background conversation, not all of it intelligible, about the Republican convention taking place as Isaac was about to hit the Louisiana coast.
Someone makes a remark, “they’re not concerned at all.” In a clearer voice, Chalian says, “they are happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
Chalian said Wednesday that he was “profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke.”
“I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics,” he said. “I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to governor and Mrs. Romney.”