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

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Sam Champion Previews ‘America’s Morning Headquarters’


Former Good Morning America weatherman Sam Champion is preparing to launch his new show America's Morning Headquarters with Sam Champion (AMHQ) on March 17 on the Weather Channel. The Huffington Post caught up with Champion who reflected on GMA and previewed his new show.

"By then, we'll have gotten the East Coast and Middle America out the door," Champion explained. "That third hour will focus on what the West Coast needs to know as it wakes up."



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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!

Sam Champion Leaves Good Morning America For The Weather Channel


Good Morning America's popular meteorologist Sam Champion is departing the morning show and heading over to The Weather Channel. Champion, who has been with the ABC chatfest since 2006, will sign on to the Weather Channel as a managing editor and on air host. ABC News President Ben Sherwood said in a released statement:
While there is no replacing Sam, we are in excellent hands with his storm chasing partner of the last few years, meteorologist Ginger Zee, who will take over his weather responsibilities at GMA and across ABC News.  As you know, Ginger always rushes straight toward the eye of any storm and weaves cutting-edge science with human emotion to elevate our coverage. GMA will celebrate Sam’s last day on Wednesday’s program.  While he is leaving ABC News, he will always be a part of our family.