Amy Robach gave a tearful goodbye to the weekend “Today” show this morning. Robach, who has been co-anchor of the Saturday edition since 2007, will also be leaving NBC News at the expiration of her contract, TVNewser has learned.
“I want to thank everybody,” said Robach. “I could not name everyone in the studio right now who has made every Saturday morning, when that alarm clock goes off, worth getting up for.”
“Of course, Lester, you have been an amazing partner,” said Robach to her co-anchor Lester Holt.
Robach, who is married actor Andrew Shue, said through tears, “This has been a family and I’ve been through a lot over the past nine years,” as her daughters and step-son joined her on the couch.
Robach joined “Today” from MSNBC where she had been an anchor for four years. Before that Robach was an anchor at WTTG in Washington, DC.
TVNewser has learned this could be the beginning of more shifts for the weekend edition of “Today” which is overseen by weekday “Today” EP Jim Bell. “Amy is a talented journalist and consummate reporter, and we wish her all the best,” said Bell in a statement to TVNewser.
The show also recently bid farewell to weather anchor Janice Huff on the Sunday edition. Huff continues her duties as chief meteorologist at WNBC. Also, the show’s senior producer Andrea D’Ambrosio is leaving to take a job at “Dr. Oz,” where former “Today” senior producer Amy Chiaro is the co-executive producer.
The changes come as the Saturday edition of “Good Morning America” is making gains on the venerable weekend “Today” show, the Saturday edition of which first went on the air nearly 20 years ago, on August 1, 1992.
As for Robach’s next stop, Holt teased, “We’ll hear about your future in short order.”
> Update: Looks like that next stop is ABC News.
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