Robin Roberts started her long-planned medical leave from "Good Morning America" a day early on Thursday, telling fans, "See you later. See you soon. I'll get back as soon as I can."
Roberts, who took a few weeks off this summer to recharge her engines before a bone marrow transplant in early September, decided to leave after Thursday's show instead of waiting for the weekend. She's expected to travel to Mississippi, where her mother and family are recovering from Hurricane Isaac.