Roberts taking leave
Robin Roberts says Friday will be her last day co-anchoring “Good Morning America” for a while.
On Monday’s edition of the ABC News wakeup program, Roberts made official the start date for what’s being called her “extended medical leave.”
Roberts told viewers in July that she has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease once known as preleukemia.
She says she will be hospitalized next week to prepare for the bone marrow transplant that will take place about 10 days after that.
Roberts says her bosses have been generous in giving her the needed time off, and her job is waiting for her when she’s well enough to return. She described herself as “very blessed.”
Obama’s friends chip in
George Clooney headlined a fundraiser Monday that took in more than a half-million dollars for President Obama’s re-election campaign, the second dinner this year where the actor has turned his A-list magnetism into political gold.
Clooney raised almost $15 million for Obama’s campaign at Clooney’s Los Angeles home in May. This time he turned to Geneva, the European hub of the United Nations and a global center for international organizations, governance and business, to pull in a more modest amount for the president’s re-election effort.
Organizers said they had taken in at least $625,000 from U.S. donors for Obama’s campaign, including many who were flying in to Geneva for the one-night event from around the world.
Americans Abroad for Obama, the event’s sponsor, says on its website that guests are paying $15,000 per person to dine with Clooney, $5,000 for a photo with him and $1,000 to attend a reception.
Fire at Perry’s studio, again
Officials are investigating a fire at filmmaker Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studios, the second blaze in the past four months at the filming complex.
The fire was reported just before 11 a.m. Monday and there were no reports of injuries. Authorities say the fire was contained to the roof, which had been undergoing repairs at the time of the blaze.
On May 1, more than 100 firefighters battled a blaze that ripped through a simulated streetscape at the studios, sending flames about six stories into the sky.
Rosie gets married
Rosie O’Donnell has announced that she married her fiancee, Michelle Rounds, in a private ceremony in June, just days before Rounds had surgery to treat desmoid tumors.
The 50-year-old TV personality also said Monday on her blog that she is selling original paintings on eBay to raise money for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.
Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors in June. She and O’Donnell wed in New York on June 9, and Rounds underwent surgery June 14. Desmoid tumors occur rarely and can affect almost any area of the body. The tumors can be fatal.
O’Donnell has had health issues of her own. She said Aug. 20 that she recently suffered a heart attack.
From News and wire service reports.