After a lengthy contract negotiation, Josh Elliot has decided to leave his post as a news anchor on Good Morning America. He has taken on a new job at NBC sports, and will be replaced by Amy Robach.
Robach has served as a correspondent for GMA since 2012. After filling in frequently for Robin Roberts, during her battle with cancer, Robach herself announced live on the morning show in November 2013 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer as well. Following her diagnosis, Robach underwent a double mastectomy and has been receiving chemotherapy treatments.
She acknowledges Roberts as one of her biggest inspirations. “She and I actually sit in the exact same seat. Where she had chemo for breast cancer, I’m having chemo,” Robach told PEOPLE. “When [Robin] found that out, without any cameras or any hoopla, she surprised me and met me at my first round of chemo and walked me to her chair,” Robach says. “So we have a special bond that will always be there.”
ABC News president Ben Sherwood made the announcement to the ABC news staff, via email, on Saturday. Read the full email below:
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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