Robin Roberts Turns a 'Mess Into a Message'

Her triumph over cancer isn't the only reason the GMA star is one of the most loved hosts on TV.

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It's that unwavering optimism that makes Roberts so undeniably American and therefore unanimously popular. Like that song says, she is titanium, as strong as steel but so much lighter. She is the kind of person whose very existence strangers take pride in.

And even still, with all the outpouring of support, Roberts confessed to initially feeling a bit skittish about the whole celebration on GMA, which included congratulations from the Obamas, Mary J. Blige, Hillary Clinton and Denzel Washington, along with a 125-pound red velvet cake. She also joked on The View that the network even considered a ticker tape parade.

"When you strut, you stumble," she said, quoting her late mother. But in the end, an admittedly very grateful Roberts took her sister Sally-Ann's advice: "Just let 'em love you."

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter. 

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