Lara Spencer might soon be cut from ABC’s Good Morning America, sources claim. Since the network hired Michael Strahan, his presence has allegedly shaken things up.
Page Six delivered the scoop on what’s going on behind-the-scenes at GMA after speaking with TV insiders familiar with the situation. It seems that some big changes are on the horizon with Strahan taking a full-time position on the program.
According to the report, sources say Spencer could soon be out the door. This won’t be the only radical change, however. George Stephanopoulos will focus more on politics as Strahan takes the helm as a lead anchor. Reasons for the change, in part have to with the ratings war against NBC’s Today Show.
“There are big changes coming to GMA, ” the insider said. “Lara could be out, and George will be seen less at the main anchor desk with Robin Roberts. Instead, Michael will be appearing more while George focuses on politics and hard news.”
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ABC brass adamantly deny there’s a casting shakeup due to Strahan’s new position, but the article highlights that considering the recent history of Strahan’s departure from Live With Kelly, they’ve proven they can be trusted about being upfront over decisions like this.
Strahan joins full-time in September, so does this mean Lara Spencer will be let go from GMA?
Another says Amy Robach is “safe,” but Spencer has the topics Michael Strahan wants to cover.
“Lara could be out. Amy Robach is safe. Michael doesn’t want to do news — he’s not going to cover Libya or Brexit,” the source said. “Amy does the news well, and they need a newscaster. But Lara does human interest stories and entertainment, like Britney Spears or ‘a cat in a tree’ and ‘my favorite pickle!’ Michael wants to do all that. He does not want to do gun violence.”
Spencer has other projects in the works. She signed a production contract with Leftfield Entertainment to create and produce projects. She created the HGTV program, Flea Market Flip (entering its seventh season), and she produced the network’s I Brake for Yard Sales.
The insider shares that Spencer knows her time is almost up at GMA.
“Lara knows she’s out. She has Flea Market Flip — and she’s going to go back to that world. She knows her time is up. Michael’s the star,” the source said.
Page Six adds that Good Morning America spokeswoman, Heather Riley, shot down the rumors by saying that Strahan isn’t taking over Stephanopoulos’ seat.
“There is no truth to this. Of course George will be focused on politics, and no one is being groomed to take his place,” Riley said. “Lara isn’t going anywhere, and Amy will have the same important role on the show as she has for the past three years.”
Riley also told People magazine that speculations Lara Spencer will be cut from GMA’s cast is “ridiculous.”
“Any suggestion that Lara is being phased out is ridiculous,” the spokeswoman said. “We are lucky to have her as a part of the GMA team, and she is integral to the success of the show.”
As it stands, everything on the popular morning news program will stay put. The addition of Michael Strahan won’t influence talent changes. These rumors were bound to spark after the fallout of Strahan leaving Live for GMA.
Lara Spencer fans can relax. She’s not being cut from Good Morning America!
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