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Roberts celebrates GMA return

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Roberts celebrates return

Robin Roberts made her return to ABC’s ‘‘Good Morning America’’ Wednesday, five months to the day after receiving a bone marrow transplant and a year since she started feeling symptoms of the ailment that has sidelined her since August. Roberts looked thin and didn’t bother to cover her hair loss with a wig. She wore a wide smile in taking her seat next to cohost George Stephanopoulos on TV’s top-rated morning show. The bulk of the ABC show turned into a celebration of her return as she’s recovering from MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and basketball star Magic Johnson all sent taped greetings. At the New York studio, ABC boss Anne Sweeney, news division President Ben Sherwood, and Katie Couric all stood in the wings watching. When Roberts thanked her nurses on the air, all of the show producers in the control room stood and applauded. Sherwood delivered a champagne toast on the set after the show went off the air at 9 a.m. She has a tough schedule her first week back. She’s expected to cohost the show Thursday and perhaps Friday, tape an interview with first lady Michelle Obama on Friday, and fly to California to participate in Oscars coverage and make an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscars show. (AP)

Director detained briefly

Immigration officials briefly detained the Palestinian director of the Oscar-nominated documentary ‘‘5 Broken Cameras’’ on his way into town for Sunday’s Academy Awards. Emad Burnat says that when he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Turkey with his wife and 8-year-old son late Tuesday, agents told them they didn’t have the proper proof that he was a nominee and would send them back if they couldn’t verify the reason for their visit. After about an hour of questioning, the agents allowed Burnat and his family to enter the country. (AP)

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