10:42 AM EST, February 21, 2013
The one and only Robin Roberts went one-on-one with INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney to tell us how great it is to be back on the job at Good Morning America.
"I'm feeling really good, I love today even more so than yesterday!" she said.
McInerney asked, "What's it feel like to be back?"
"It's in many ways like I never left." Roberts said.
When asked what she missed the most, the inspiring morning talk show host replied, "Saying 'Good morning, America!'"
INSIDE EDITION joined Roberts backstage at Good Morning America, just moments after Thursday morning's broadcast ended. It was her second day back at work, following five months of recovery from a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Roberts' immune system is still recovering, so there were no hugs or handshakes.
Instead, the elbow bump was the way to go. It was how Roberts greeted all the women on The View on Thursday.
McInerney said, "It's hard for you not to reach out and hug folks."
"People have been so wonderful, so it's just automatic for me. But yesterday, the first day, I didn't care, and I was getting bad looks from my doctor," Roberts said.
Meanwhile, Roberts' colleagues jokingly downplayed her second day back. George Stephanopoulos said, "Just another Thursday, Robin."
When asked if she had any idea that she inspired so many people, she said, "Of course not! I was just trying to get well. It has been overwhelming, the reaction. I just hope the people know what strength they gave me."
Roberts fought back tears as she recalled communicating with others who battled life-threatening illnesses.
"I Skyped with people. And unfortunately their outcome wasn't as good as mine. It gets you every time. We're all in this together," she said.
When McInerney asked what the most difficult part of returning to TV was, Roberts said, "Bright lights! There are some side effects to treatment, and one being my vision. So, I usually lose some of my ability to see the teleprompter about halfway through the program."