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Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts held back tears as she told fans she was taking time off from the show until September.

Robin's life partner, Amber Laign, was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2021.

Robin became teary-eyed during a GMA segment on ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale, who is now cancer-free.

Robin said: "God Bless. All I can say is 'You're awesome, baby!' I got chills."

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She fought back tears as she discussed her partner Amber's fight with breast cancer: "I got a little teary-eyed because we're always texting back and forth and he asks about Amber."

In April 2021, Robin teamed up with iHEART Radio to launch the "COVID-19 Immunity in Our Community" podcast to help spread the word about getting the COVID mRNA vaccines.

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In January 2022, Robin tested positive for Covid-19. She said her flu-like symptoms were "mild" and she was grateful for the COVID vaccines.

In July, viewers said prayers for Amber when Robin announced her partner had completed her radiation treatment.

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Viewers were concerned when Robin didn't show up for work last Friday, amid rumors that Amber had taken a turn for the worse.

After Robin recited a prayer in an Instagram video on Wednesday, the 61-year-old anchor revealed that she is taking a break from the show until September. She didn't say when she will return in September.

"So, we are not going to be with you for a few mornings. In other words, see you in September," she sang.

Cancer rates are on the rise in America, according to health experts. The exact cause for the sharp increase in cancer rates among men, women and children is unknown.

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Michael Strahan and 5 others are set to launch into space aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket Saturday morning.

The space launch comes as the Federal Aviation Administration closes its investigation into the safety of Blue Origin's rockets. The investigation was inconclusive.

A crew of six will take off at 10:00AM ET from Blue Origin's launch pad in Van Horn, Texas.

In addition to the Good Morning America host and former NFL linebacker Strahan, the crew includes Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Strahan and Shepard are non-paying guests.

The paying customers include: Evan Dick, an investor, Lane Bess, the founder of Bess Ventures, and Bess' son Cameron Bess, and investor Dylan Taylor.

The Blue Origin capsule carrying its 6-man crew will launch into space on top of a rocket, then separate 62 miles above earth where the crew will experience zero gravity.

When they land minutes later, they will be awarded commercial astronaut wings by the FAA.

The astronaut wings are awarded to people who fly more than 50 miles above earth on a commercial spacecraft.

However, the FAA announced it will end the special astronaut wings program to discourage further private launches into space.

This means Strahan and his crew will be the last to be awarded the FAA wings.

Watch the launch live below.
 

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Rapper Ice Cube was scheduled to appear on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday to discuss the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

But the ex-NWA member told his 4.9 million Twitter followers that he decided to cancel his appearance on the talk show at the last minute.

"I apologize to everyone expecting to see me on Good Morning America today, but after the events in Minnesota with George Floyd I'm in no mood to tell America, good morning," he tweeted.

Ice Cube, real name O'Shea Jackson, uses his platform to express the fears millions of Black men have as targets of police violence in America.

"How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back???" he tweeted on May 26.

In another tweet, Jackson shared a photo of Derek Chauvin, the white cop who killed Floyd, who is Black. Chauvin's picture is next to a photo of a white supremacist wearing a "Make Whites Great Again" cap. His followers told him the man was not the fired cop, but Jackson retweeted his own tweet and wrote:

"The F.B.I. knows exactly who the racist are in each police department and still let them keep there jobs until something like this happens. Stop sitting on critical information. Weed them out and get them out...NOW!"

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Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert (left) and Donovan Mitchell are not on speaking terms after each man tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

It took Mitchell "a while to cool off" after he tested positive on Thursday, March 12. Gobert, 27, announced he tested positive on Wednesday, March 11.

Mitchell, 23, suspects Gobert gave him the virus through his "careless" behavior in the days leading up to their positive tests.

Gobert playfully touched every reporters’ microphone in the press room, days before testing positive for the virus.

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Both men were unusually close before their falling out. They sat next to each other on the team plane and buses and their lockers were next to each other in Utah's Vivint Arena.

Gobert apologized for his carelessness in a video statement last week, but Mitchell is not in a forgiving mood.

In a remote video interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, Mitchell implied he and Gobert haven't spoken.

"I read what he said, heard what he said," Mitchell told Roberts. "Glad he's doing okay, glad I'm doing well. I'm just really happy that it was only two of us. It wasn't the rest of the team. Neither him or I have children at home. I know some teammates who have children at home, some staff who have children at home. I'm glad we were able to contain it as much as possible."

"I'm fine. Things are going well, just in isolation," said Mitchell. No fever, no symptoms. Blessed to be okay," Mitchell said. "If you were to tell me you have to play in a seven-game series tomorrow, I'm ready to lace 'em up."

Mitchell said young people should know that a lack of symptoms doesn't mean they can't be carriers of the virus.

"You may seem fine, be fine, you never know who you may be talking to who you might be going home to."

Gobert's positive test prompted the NBA to cancel the rest of the season. The NBA was the first sports league to shut down in response to a virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults.

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Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira appeared to be overwhelmed by the crush of paparazzi at Good Morning America and the Build Series Event promoting their new movie Black Panther in New York City on Monday. The movie comes out on Friday.

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