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Spencer has been on the show as a lifestyle anchor, a position created just for her, since 2011, but before that, she was a national correspondent for Good Morning America from 1999 to 2003.
This isn’t the only Gma news this week: Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host and former football star Michael Strahan officially announced April 15 that he’ll be joining the hosts a few times a week while still keeping his Live! gig. »
- Ariana Bacle
Burying his lead, new ABC News President James Goldston sent around a memo to staff today — in Paragraph 6 of which was the announcement he’d promoted Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer to co-host of the program along with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Roberts recently signed a new contract to stay with the show; ditto Spencer. Stephanopoulos’ contract was due to come up later this year — his reps are in talks with ABC News now. Related: ‘Gma’ Beats ‘Today’ By Biggest Margin In Three Months Spencer was the only one of three Gma-ers whose contracts came up around the same time as Roberts’ who re-signed. The two guys — Sam Champion and Josh Elliott – both got poached by NBC, whose Today show saw its longtime ratings record snapped two years ago by Gma.Which brings us to Goldston’s memo: celebrating tomorrow’s anniversary of Gma ending Today’s 852-week winning streak. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Lara Spencer has been promoted to co-host of ABC's “Good Morning America” alongside George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts. It was one of the first major moves by new ABC News chief James Goldson, who is replacing the just-promoted Ben Sherwood. Goldston announced Spencer's promotion in an email marking the two-year anniversary of “Gma” ending the 16-year ratings winning streak for NBC's “Today.” See video: Michael Strahan Joins ‘Gma’ With Giant Coffee Mug, Red Carpet High-Fives “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', »
- L.A. Ross
Amid plenty of changes at Good Morning America, one person rising in the ranks is Lara Spencer. The fixture of the series, who recently signed a new contract, has been elevated to co-host. Newly named ABC News chief James Goldston informed staff on Friday in a memo timed to the show's two-year ratings dominance over Today. She will now hold the same title as Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos after serving as the lifestyles anchor since 2011. Photos: Inside THR's Most Powerful People in NY Media Party "A key member of our on-air team, Lara Spencer, rejoined
- Michael O'Connell
Lara Spencer, the “Good Morning America” anchor who recently negotiated a new contract with ABC to stay on the program, has been elevated to the role of co-host, and will, going forward, hold forth alongside current anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopolous.
The move comes as “Gma,” TV’s most-watched morning program, has been in the midst of change, with two members of the on-air staff that helped the show pass NBC’s “Today” in both total viewers as well as those between 25 and 54, the demo most coveted by advertisers, departed. The show, however has seen no ebb in its ratings dominance over “Today.”
Spencer is also now a veteran presence on the program, which has two new faces after the departures of meteorologist Sam Champion »
- Brian Steinberg
It's been a good morning, indeed, for Good Morning America's Lara Spencer. The lifestyles anchor has been promoted to Gma co-host, and will now hold the same title as Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, ABC News chief James Goldston told the staff on Friday, April 18. "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," Goldston wrote in a memo. "Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success [...] »
Lara Spencer 'Gma' Co-Host
Spencer now joins Good Morning America veterans George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts with the title. The higher rank on the morning program was a part of Spencer’s new contract, which was recently signed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Since 2011, Spencer has served as Gma’s lifestyles anchor.
"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," Goldston wrote in his memo. "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."
Strahan stopped by the Good Morning America set Tuesday morning for the announcement — and to receive both an alarm clock from George Stephanopoulos and a giant coffee cup from Lara Spencer, which should help out with his new extra-early wakeup time. He will join the show a few days a week while still maintaining his Live! co-hosting duties.
Watch the announcement below: »
- Ariana Bacle
Michael Strahan made it really official Tuesday when he proudly marched onto the set of Good Morning America. Gma's lifestyle anchor, Lara Spencer, kept noting throughout the 7 a.m. hour, before Strahan appeared, that whatever it was he was there to announce was hardly a surprise. She then embraced him when he entered, shortly after 8. Co-anchor Robin Roberts noted that a red carpet had been rolled out for him, while George Stephanopoulos said, "A super-sized personality deserves a super-sized cup," and handed Strahan a Texas-sized coffee mug. When Stephanopoulos also presented the new arrival with a shiny new alarm clock, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Get ready to say "good morning" to Michael Strahan. After weeks of speculation, ABC confirmed Tuesday, April 15, that the former NFL player will be joining Good Morning America part-time, beginning next week. Strahan, 42, currently cohosts Live! with Kelly Ripa, a gig he will be keeping with the addition of his new role. The New York Giants alum made his first appearance on Gma on Tuesday, telling his new coworkers, including Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts, and George Stephanopoulos, "It's a pleasure to get up early because [...] »
"Good Morning America" anchors Lara Spencer and Amy Robach love each other so much, they can't keep their hands off each other ... or so they say.We got Amy and Lara leaving lunch in NYC Saturday and they poo poo'ed our story that they hate each other, even suggesting sexism.TMZ reported ... multiple sources connected with Gma say the women despise each other. Nevertheless, Lara and Amy insist -- Really Insist -- that they're the best of buds. »
- TMZ Staff
Michael Strahan Joining 'Gma'
Amid speculation that he would be joining the ABC morning show, Strahan decided to clear the air with Live! fans during Wednesday’s show. "The big news is that I'm gonna be on Gma now," he admitted.
Strahan went on to explain, "So what is so surprising is I had a meeting, and we talked about the possibility there. Then I went to see Captain America with Samuel L. Jackson, and I get out of screening and I check my messages and I'm on Good Morning America.”
Live! Is No. 1 For Strahan
In addition to co-hosting Live! with Kelly Ripa, Strahan also works for Fox Sports during football season. Already stretched thin last year due to the two commitments, Strahan admits that it would »
Michael Strahan is joining "Good Morning America" on the heels of Josh Elliott's departure ... TMZ has confirmed.ABC sources tell TMZ Strahan will appear during the 7:00 hour of Gma ... 3 to 4 times a week. He'll be a utility player ... features, lifestyle, sports ... pretty much anything.Gma is in trouble ... Josh Elliott's departure for NBC Sunday was bitter. Sam Champion is gone. Lara Spencer and Amy Robach hate each other. Not to mention ... Josh's »
- TMZ Staff
Michael Strahan will soon be pulling double-duty at ABC.
The former footballer and current co-host of Live! With Kelly and Michael is about to close a deal to join the Good Morning America team, insiders confirm to EW. Strahan will continue his duties alongside Kelly Ripa and contribute to Gma’s coverage prior to reporting for duty at Live!, where he has co-hosted since 2012.
Strahan’s addition, however, will have no effect on the anchor lineup, which will remain intact. Strahan is expected to appear in Gma’s top hour without affecting the current roles of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Updated: Michael Strahan, one half of Live! With Kelly & Michael, also soon will be seen on ABC‘s morning infotainment program Good Morning America. Strahan will continue to co-host his daytime talker with Kelly Ripa. Ripa also had been approached about joining Gma, but she declined, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Talks with Strahan began about a month ago, which predates news anchor Josh Elliott’s decision to depart Gma, announced over the weekend. Expect to see Strahan on Gma a couple days a week, initially. Elliott, formerly of Espn, left the show to join NBC Sports. The addition of Strahan gives Gma an anchor with a sports background to take over that responsibility from Elliott — Strahan having spent 15 years playing for the New York Giants. Live! With Kelly & Michael is having its best season in seven years, ratings-wise, averaging nearly 4 million viewers — up 13% versus same time last season. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Josh Elliott was so disgusted with ABC ... he took a pay cut of more than a million dollars ... multiple sources connected with both ABC and NBC tell TMZ.Our sources say ABC offered Josh between $4 and $5 million to stay, but he chose NBC despite the fact that they offered him just over $3 million.We're told Josh was at the point of no return when Robin Roberts signed a $14 million a year contract to anchor Gma. »
- TMZ Staff
Update, 6:30 Am: Josh Elliott‘s former Good Morning America colleague Sam Champion weighed in this morning on Elliott’s announced exit from the ABC morning infotainment show to go to work for NBC Sports. Champion, who was also poached by NBCU and now works at The Weather Channel, called it “a great opportunity for Josh’s heart,” adding, “I know that fans of Gma are not loving it.” Watch here: Previous, Sunday Pm: After an intense negotiation with ABC News, Good Morning America news anchor Josh Elliott is leaving the network for NBC Sports. ABC News wasted no time in announcing his replacement: Amy Robach, who has been part of the Gma team for some time, including filling in for Robin Roberts at various moments when she was out for medical reasons. Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at Gma, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
New York (AP) — ABC's top-rated "Good Morning America" has suffered its second personnel defection in four months, with news anchor Josh Elliott telling the network on Sunday that he's leaving for a job at NBC Sports. ABC News President Ben Sherwood moved quickly to replace him, appointing Amy Robach as the "Good Morning America" news anchor. Elliott follows former "Gma" weather forecaster Sam Champion out the door. Champion joined the NBC Universal-owned The Weather Channel, where he began a morning show of his own earlier this month. Now that it is No. 1 in the morning, ABC has been involved in delicate negotiations to keep intact the team that got it there. Roberts recently signed a new contract to stay at "Gma," and co-host Lara Spencer finalized a new deal last week. Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos and new weather forecaster Ginger Zee also are part of the show's cast. ABC took the »
It's round number 1,999 of Morning Show Musical Chairs. Good Morning America is saying goodbye to co-anchor Josh Elliot, who is joining NBC Sports, ABC announced in a Sunday, March 30 memo. Replacing Elliot, age, as co-anchor alongside Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, is Amy Robach. Photos: Best-dressed TV show hosts In an unusually frank memo, ABC News president Ben Sherwood revealed that negotiations with Elliot simply broke down. "We worked hard to close a significant gap between our generous offer and his expectations," Elliot [...] »
"As many of you know, we have been negotiating with Josh these past several months,” ABC News President Ben Sherwood said in a memo. “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."
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"Amy will be a fierce and formidable full-time addition to our Gma team," Sherwood added of Robach. "We always knew that Amy was special and we have all been especially inspired to watch her battle breast cancer with grace and determination," Sherwood wrote in his memo. "Indeed, she thrilled »
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