Good Morning America
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!
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.
Talk show queen, comedian and Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres was named the No. 1 most powerful LBGT by OUT. However, she wasn't the only individual familiar to TV fans. TV host and Oprah pal Suze Orman, Glee's Jane Lynch, CNN's Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, Bravo kingpin Andy Cohen, How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Murphy, Rachel Maddow and Ru Paul also made the list.
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He may have started his career as "Stat Boy", but Tony Reali is moving on up in the realm of broadcast journalism. The Pardon The Interruption and Around The Horn personality has been tapped to cover social media for juggernaut ABC chatfest Good Morning America.
Reali's new four-year deal with The Mouse House also has him continuing on as host of ATH on ESPN. Check out Reali's ESPN debut 13 years ago, after the jump!
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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