Another major player is supposedly leaving the crew of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Right on the heels of weatherman Sam Champion switching over to the Weather Channel, Josh Elliott is said to also be exiting the show. According to the New York Daily News on March 30, the news anchor will be heading over to NBC Sports.
His decision is supposedly about money. Contracts have been negotiated with both Robin Roberts and just recently, Lara Spencer. Elliott was the last one to be dragging his feet. George Stephanopoulos’ contract is not due until the end of the calendar year.
Apparently, ABC offered Elliott $5 million to stay with the morning show, which is way below the $10 million that he demanded from the network. He is currently bringing in around $1 million. His final decision was to go with the rival network to cover high-profile sports, which includes Sunday Night Football, the Triple Crown and the Olympics.
Amy Robach, who has been seen many times filling in on “GMA,” is expected to take over immediately as the news reader. Even though she has been battling breast cancer the past few months, she has already become a fixture on the top-rated morning show.
ABC president Ben Sherwood put out a memo on Sunday night about Elliott’s departure saying, “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,” he added.
It is most likely that the “GMA” crew will have a farewell party sometime this week.