Robin's Return to 'GMA': Excitement Behind the Scenes

Check out the off-air moments when Robin Roberts arrived for her first day back to work.
4:14 | 02/21/13

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And we saw so much yesterday on the show. Your return. Thanking the doctors and nurses who got you through the tough time and all the rest. But there were cameras rolling when we were not actually on television. Oops. Scary thought. So, we thought we would compile a bit of a highlight package as well. Take a look and a listen. There you go, baby. Five. Four. Hi. It's robin. And I have been waiting 174 days Good morning, america. Reporter: Alight with gratitude, our own robin roberts made her way back to the anchor desk. Thank you, sir. I love this. Reporter: At long last, her remarkable journey had finally brought her home. But no one could see in front of the camera what we saw behind the scenes. Until now. Here I go. Put me in, coach. I'm ready to play. Did you really have it on the countdown clock? The mayor said I had to put it up in times square. And drop the ball? Reporter: I wrap you in love. What are you wearing? What are you wearing? Let's do it. Don't work it all out. Save it. Save it. How do you feel? I feel -- you feel? I feel. Ooh, cat calls. Good morning. You're on my turf. I was on your turf. Reporter: After months of courageously willing her body to match her spirit -- let's do this. Reporter: -- Robin's presence, strength -- touched everyone around her. Defying expectations, one elbow-bump at a time. Sure, on camera, it was business as usual. An abc news exclusive. Reporter: But off-air, all-smiles. I have been waiting 174 days to say this. Magma. That's for the christmas reel. Reporter: Closing a chapter in a story with an arduous journey. I feel like this is my third week of life. And I said, I want to go back to work because of the people i work with. And the work that we do. And we're just getting started. Reporter: And a fresh start. I love each and every one of you. And onward and upward. That red velvet cake was so good. Cake boss was proving it yesterday. It's great to have you back. It's great to have you back. It just seems like old times. I said that. I think it really shows people, this, too, shall pass. I'm so grateful for, today especially. Yesterday was, like, it was wonderful. And thank you, thank you, thank you. And today, just coming in and doing my job. You did your job yesterday. We all know. We take a day off. You take a week off. Those first few minutes on the air were always rusty. You walked right into it. A little on the cold open. But settled all in. But I'm really thankful that abc wanted me to do a special. And they wanted me to do it before I came back. I said, no. I want people to see that I'm doing well. The special that airs on friday night, it goes there. It really shows what it took to get here. All the people who helped me. Friday night, a special "20/20" at 10:00, 9:00 central. I have to ask -- make sure you see this because if it's possible to actually think more of you and the journey you just walked, you will. So -- great family and friends. Thank you, all. Life, love, power, presence. We're lucky people. We love you.

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