T.J. Holmes And Amy Robach Out At ‘GMA3’ – Deadline
Written by patriciavallard on January 28, 2023
UPDATE: Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes are exiting GMA3: What You Need Yo Know and leaving the network, a spokesperson for ABC News confirmed.
“After several productive conversations with Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes about different options, we all agreed it’s best for everyone that they move on from ABC News. We recognize their talent and commitment over the years and are thankful for their contributions,” the spokesperson said.
The announcement came after negotiation and mediation sessions. Robach and Holmes have been off the air since December, when reports surfaced that they were having a romantic relationship.
No permanent hosts have been announced for the show.
Robach also is leaving another assignment at the network, as co-anchor of 20/20. In a memo to employees, ABC News President Kim Godwin said a decision about who will co-anchor that show and GMA3 “will come later.” She acknowledged that the stories about Robach and Holmes have been a “distraction.”
PREVIOUSLY: T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach are poised to depart GMA3: What You Need To Know, after the two anchors were taken off the air following public revelations of a romantic relationship between the two news figures.
Last month, ABC News President Kim Godwin told staffers that Holmes and Robach were being taken off the air pending an internal investigation. A contentious mediation session was held on Thursday, with the result being that they would be departing, a source said. An official announcement has not yet been made. The final details are still being worked out on their exit, but was expected soon, according to a source familiar with the plans. TMZ first reported on their departure.
Godwin had told staffers that the relationship between the two anchors had become an “internal and external distraction” in deciding to pull them off the air, as their relationship had been the subject of tabloid headlines. The show has featured fill-in hosts since then.
Holmes and Robach have served as co-hosts of GMA3 since September, 2020, joining ABC News chief medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton and replacing a special program devoted to the Covid pandemic that was launched earlier that year. The previous incarnation of the Good Morning America spinoff, GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke, ended earlier that year.
In announcing that Holmes and Robach were being taken off the air, Godwin told staffers that “while the relationship is not a violation of company policy, I really have taken the last few days to think about and work through what I think is best for the ABC News organization.” Their absence from the show ended up being much longer.
The Robach-Holmes relationship was disclosed in a story and photos on DailyMail.com. Robach is married to actor Andrew Shue and Holmes to lawyer Marilee Fiebig, and both couples reportedly had separated.
GMA3, though, depends on the chemistry between the hosts, making for a publicly awkward situation. Contracts for high-profile media personalities typically include morals clauses, but Holmes and Robach’s camps are said to have been adamant that even that provision was not violated with a consensual relationship.
In the meantime, the whole episode continued to draw intense scrutiny from celebrity media reporters and outlets.
More to come.
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