Another one bites the dust. Good Morning America co-anchor Josh Elliott is departing ABC for NBC Sports. Elliott reportedly decided to exit ABC when contract negotiations failed.
According to Deadline, ABC offered to bump up Elliott's salary from $1.2 million a year to $5 million. Elliott allegedly made a rebuttal offer of $10 million a year, when his colleague Lara Spencer inked a new deal.
Elliott will be replaced by GMA correspondent Amy Robach. Ben Sherwood released a memo to staffers, saying:
I want to share some news about GMA.
I’m excited to let you know that we have promoted Amy Robach to News Anchor on Good Morning America effective immediately. Amy is a world class anchor and correspondent who is beloved by our morning audience and all who know her.
Amy has become a familiar face on GMA, filling in for Robin Roberts for many of the 174 days that Robin spent recovering from her bone marrow transplant. Amy brought us moving interviews with the families of the Newtown shooting victims and she delivered a riveting report from inside the world of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs. Showing her lighter side, Amy covered the birth of Prince George from London and brought us inside Downton Abbey.
Amy began her career as a general assignment reporter in South Carolina and moved on to become a morning anchor in Washington DC where she covered 9/11 from the Pentagon. Amy is a gifted interviewer, sitting down with world leaders including Barack Obama, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prince Harry. She spent five years at NBC where she was an anchor at MSNBC and co-host of Weekend Today.
We always knew that Amy was special and we have all been especially inspired to watch her battle breast cancer with grace and determination. Indeed, she thrilled us with two weeks of memorable dispatches from Sochi anchoring our Olympic coverage — all between chemo treatments. Amy will be a fierce and formidable full-time addition to our GMA team.
At the same time, Josh Elliott let us know today that he is going to NBC Sports.
As many of you know, we have been negotiating with Josh these past several months. In good faith, we worked hard to close a significant gap between our generous offer and his expectations. In the end, Josh felt he deserved a different deal and so he chose a new path.
I want to thank Josh for his many contributions to GMA and ABC News. Later in the week, we will bid him farewell.
With Robin, George, Lara, Ginger and Amy, GMA‘s best days are ahead. Just this month the broadcast enjoyed its biggest audience ever. In the days ahead, there will be more good news on the show, so stay tuned. As we make this transition, we must keep our attention laser-focused on the most important goal – serving our loyal viewers each and every day with a big picture understanding of the world.
Please join me in congratulating Amy on her well-earned promotion. And let’s bid goodbye to Josh with gratitude and good wishes.
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Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer has inked a new deal to stay at the ABC morning show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spencer signed a long-term contract.
Meanwhile, co-anchor Josh Elliott is reportedly debating a move over to NBC Sports. Elliott has less than a month remaining on his contract with ABC. In a statement to the trade paper, Spencer said:
You know you're in the right job when getting up at 4 a.m. is a joy,”This was a simple decision; I love what I do, and I adore the people I work with. I am thrilled to be on this team and look forward to many more years.
Is Good Morning America's Josh Elliott angling for a big pay raise? According to Page Six, Elliot is in negotiations with ABC to continue with the No. 1 morning show, but is trying to get a raise equivalent of Robin Roberts.
“Josh started as news anchor, but his role has increased significantly and he is an integral part of the success of the show. He is not asking for as much money as Robin, but an equivalent raise.”
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The gang at Good Morning America bid farewell to one of their own on Wednesday. Meteorologist Sam Champion, who had been with the program since 2006, marked his last day on the ABC morning show.
His colleagues gave an emotional send-off to the popular weatherman, as he heads off to run The Weather Channel. Champion’s teary-eyed GMA co-host Josh Elliott told his pal:
I just want to say thank you because it's been a gift each and every day to work with you, Sam. A lot of people talk about our bromance. For me it was just a friendship. I promise there's happy on the inside, but the tears... aw, I'm going to miss you. I love you, Sam.
Josh Elliott reportedly isn't winning the Mr. Popularity contest on the set of Good Morning America, according to Page Six. A show insider allegedly leaked this tidbit to the New York Post column:
“Josh yells at staffers, including his own writers, saying things like, ‘Who the [bleep] wrote this?’ — while he is miked-up, so everyone in the studio can hear.” READ MORE