Lara Spencer Promoted to Co-Anchor at GMA


The shake-ups continue over at Good Morning America. Newly-minted ABC News chief James Goldston announced to staffers Friday, Lara Spencer has been promoted to co-anchor of GMA. In a released memo, Goldston stated:
Tomorrow marks an historic milestone: two years ago GMA snapped Today’s 852-week winning streak. And every day since, we have played our game and fought like underdogs, never satisfied and always looking for the best stories and those indelible television moments that make GMA so special to our audience.
With our amazing team of George, Robin, and Lara and now Amy and Ginger too- I’m confident there is much more to come-and great days ahead for Good Morning America.

Robin – the captain of our team, is the heart of GMA. No matter what she’s faced, she has made it her job to make sure that we are all taken care of. Beyond her amazing broadcasting abilities and dedication to GMA, her compassion and incredible journalism never fails to inspire-and her rallying cry that Everybody’s Got Something inspires millions of Americans every day.

Just yesterday, George, once again, showed us his dedication and versatility – anchoring GMA, rushing to Washington to interview Supreme Court Justice Stevens for This Week and making it back to NY in time to anchor the special report for President Obama’s press conference. A work ethic that’s unmatched.

Nevertheless, Robin and George would be the first to say that it takes an amazing team on air and behind the scenes to do that each morning. And Tom Cibrowski and the GMA production team is without doubt the best in the business.

A key member of our on-air team, Lara Spencer, rejoined ABC three years ago – bringing her style, humor, sunny confidence, wonderful journalism and storytelling to GMA. Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed and I am so pleased to announce that Lara has been elevated to co-host of the program along with Robin and George.

Lara grew up at WABC and GMA and then returned to us in 2011 as GMA mounted its epic challenge. A New York Times best-selling author with another book on the way, the creator and executive producer of Flea Market Flip on HGTV and great mom to Duff and Kate, Lara is simply as talented as they come.

I remain in awe of the entire staff at GMA. With Tom at the helm and Ben’s brilliant leadership, your drive, passion, creativity and unwavering dedication to ABC News and GMA brought us to where we are today.

As I close out my first week in the new job, I want to take a moment to thank everyone for all your good wishes. I could not be more excited and honored to work with this stellar team. Your dedication and passion are unmatched and I look forward to reaching great new heights alongside all of you.

Please join me in congratulating Lara on this well-deserved promotion as we all take a moment to look back on two remarkable years. And here’s to many, many more!

James

Daytime and Morning Show Hosts Among THR’s 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media


The Hollywood Reporter
has honored the hosts of Live! With Kelly and Michael, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, with a spot on their 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2014 list. 

In addition to killing in the daytime ratings, Live had much to be proud of this year.  Strahan’s top moment was:
 

Being able to juggle multiple facets of entertainment, from sports at Fox to daytime at Live and doing it at the level I've been able to do it at for the past two football seasons.

 

Josh Elliott Leaves Good Morning America For NBC Sports


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.

Ben

Lara Spencer Locks in New Deal at GMA; Will Josh Elliott Follow Suit?


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.


 

Who is Daytime’s Most Liked Morning Show Host? (POLL)

* Al Roker - Today * Carson Daly - Today * Charlie Rose - CBS This Morning * Gayle King - CBS This Morning * George Stephanopoulos - GMA * Hoda Kotb - Today * Josh Elliot - GMA * Lara Spencer - GMA * Kathie Lee Gifford - Today * Matt Lauer - Today * Natalie Morales - Today * Norah O'Donnell - CBS This Morning * Robin Roberts - GMA * Sam Champion - f. GMA * Savannah Guthrie - Today * Willie Geist - Today

GMA’s Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer to Host Oscars Red Carpet Show


Good Morning America's Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer will be doing double duty afer hours. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the GMA anchors will co-host ABC's Red Carpet Live before the Oscar telecast.  They won't be alone. Reportedly, Tyson Beckford and People's Jess Cagle will also provide red carpet coverage on the pre-Oscars show. 

Josh Elliott Chokes Up During Sam Champion’s GMA Exit (VIDEO)


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.

Watch Elliott, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer say goodbye to Champion after the jump!

Whoopi Gets Heated as The View Discusses Jodi Arias Verdict! (VIDEO)


Earlier this week, Jodi Arias was convicted of first degree murder in the death of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander. The shocking case of a love affair gone terrible wrong, has developed an almost OJ and Nicole type fascination among cable news outlets and on social media.

On Thursday's episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg got fired up when talking about the type of punishment Arias deserves. Watch the clip after the jump!