30 August 2012 9:01 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Good Morning America's Robin Roberts bid farewell to co-workers and viewers on Thursday -- her last day on the show before an extended medical leave of absence to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

During the broadcast, Roberts thanked co-anchors George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer for their continuing support and promised to return to Gma as soon as possible. "You are going to keep the spirit going," she told them, adding that she'll be "watching you in my jammies."

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Stephanopoulos praised Roberts for being so open about sharing details about her illness -- the rare blood and bone marrow disorder Myelodysplastic syndrome (Mds) -- in a bid to educate others. "We are there for you Robin, and we will be every day," he said.

Roberts announced in June that she had been diagnosed with Mds after successfully fighting breast cancer. She is scheduled »

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