Josh Elliott makes headlines today because of his departure from ABC’s Good Morning America. Elliott Was involved in a contract negotiation with ABC for weeks demanding to get paid $10 million a year, but ABC would only offer him $5 million a year instead. It was Ben Sherwood who announced Elliott’s departure in a Sunday night memo. In the memo Sherwood had this to say,
“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.”
Elliott was a former ESPN sportscaster and Sports Center anchor, but in 2011 Josh ended up joining Good Morning America and replacing Juju Chang.
To take Elliott’s place, Sherwood announced that Amy Robach would be coming on Good Morning America full time. Amy Robach who recently recovered from breast cancer and a double mastectomy will become the new news reader and co-host for Good Morning America effective immediately. Sherwood says,
“We always knew that Amy was special and we have all been especially inspired to watch her battle breast cancer with great determination. Indeed, she thrilled us with two weeks of memorable dispatches from Sochi anchoring our Olympic coverage all between chemo treatments. Amy will be fierce and formidable full-time addition to our GMA team.”
Before Robach joined Good Morning America she was a reporter at Washington’s local Fox station, and then she joined ABC in 2012.
However, this might be a critical hit to ABC’s Good Morning America, because Josh Elliott was essential to making Good Morning America the No.1 morning talk show. ABC took the No. 1 spot from NBC’s Today Show two years ago. ABC is doing whatever they can to keep their news team intact. Just last week Lara Spencer finalized a new deal with ABC that gives her 2 million a year.
What made Good Morning America No. 1 was that the morning cast had better chemistry than other morning shows.
It’s still unconfirmed what Josh Elliott’s new role in NBC Sports will be, but it’s expected that we will see Elliott covering events such as horse races, Sunday Night Football, and other events.
So tune in later this week to find out what NBC has to say about Josh Elliott.
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