Robin Roberts Celebrates 10 Years on ‘Good Morning America’

By ABC News

Apr 23, 2012 11:16am

Ten years ago, Robin Roberts took her seat as news anchor on “Good Morning America,” and what a decade it’s been. She has traveled the world, covered tragedies like Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian earthquake to celebrations like the royal wedding, and been there to say “Good Morning America” to millions of families each and every day.

“Thank you all, but most importantly thank you at home for allowing me to say ‘Good Morning America’ for ten years,” Robin said today. “I love this family. What a blessing. Charlie and Diane, to have learned from the absolute best like that. They taught me what family is and that’s what I have here. I’ll be forever gratefully to them and to everyone.”

“GMA” celebrated Robin today, looking back at her journey and adventures on the show. George Stephanopoulos presented Robin with a photo book from the entire “GMA” staff.

“You have taught us the most important three words: Faith, Family, Friends,” the inscription on the Snapfish photo book reads. “From each and every GMA family member, thank you for making every day special.”

At the end of today’s show, Robin was also treated to a special cake, designed by the “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro and the folks at Carlo’s Bakery.

Between her newsmaker interviews, Robin shared so much of herself on the show and fit in some fun — flying with “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, playing basketball with Shaq, and putting on her dancing shoes to cha-cha with “Dancing With the Stars” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy on her birthday.

PHOTOS: Celebrating 10 Years of Robin on ‘GMA’

Family and friends sent in special messages for Robin, including one from her sisters and another from her hometown Boys and Girls club in Pass Christian, Mississippi, and fans flooded Twitter and Facebook with their well-wishes.

“Robin is down to earth, authentic, and beautiful inside and out!” viewer Nina from New Jersey wrote on the “GMA” Facebook page.

“Love Robin, a very brave woman, you are a fine example of what a Lady is,” viewer Olga from Florida wrote. “Wish you a long, healthy and happy life. Congrats!”

Former “GMA” hosts Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson also sent in their congratulations.

“I just want to say congratulations on 10 years,” ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer said in a special video message to Robin. “Ten years you’ve given to all of us, a lot of them, I’m happy to say, with me.  The good times, the tough times and the triumphant times.  Nobody is celebrating more than I am, and Thelma and Louise will ride again!”

Gibson, who retired from ABC News in Dec. 2009, sent in his congratulations and love to Robin.

“Ten years Robin, wow,” Ginson said. “The day I remember best is when you moved from the news desk over to the host desk, and Diane and I put a third chair there. I remember you were very nervous that first day — that didn’t last.  But we were through so much –  the death of your dear, sweet father, the destruction of hometown , Pass Christian, and then of course, you cancer.  That’s why so many people, I think, love you. Because your emotions are always so genuine, and that’s why this long departed former host and anchor loves you too.”

Robin also took to Twitter to thank the fans for waking up with her all of these years.

“It has been a privilege to be your wake-up call these past 10 years…thank you for opening your home & heart to me..#whyilovegmaviewers XO,” Robin tweeted this morning.

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