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You Can Take the Producer Out of News, But You Can’t Take News Out of the Producer

Though it’s been more than three years since Amy Chiaro (left) left NBC’s ‘Weekend Today’ for the syndicated ‘Dr. Oz,’ she still creates a cold open in her mind of headlines for that day’s network morning shows — before she watches them.

“It’s a sickness that stays with you,” she says with a chuckle. “It was very, very hard for me to leave NBC.”

Chiaro, 39, says she has no regrets. Promoted in December to executive producer of ‘Dr. Oz,’ she oversees a staff of about 100. “I’m very happy here, and I plan to be here for a long time. When you’ve been part of something from the beginning, it’s different. Now, ‘talk’ is in my blood.”

Chiaro is just one of numerous veteran producers to leave the news business for daytime talk. Meghan Schaefer, an MSNBC staffer since it was called America’s Talking, joined Bethenny Frankel’s new fall show as co-EP. ABC’s Catherine McKenzie was named supervising producer of ‘The Queen Latifah Show,’ also set for fall.

Not to be forgotten, Jim Murphy, former boss of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS Evening News,” departed news to launch Anderson Cooper’s talk show in Fall 2011. He left four months later. A few weeks ago, he joined CNN as senior EP of its new morning block.

The transition from news to talk can be tough, says Chiaro, who came to NBC out of Cornell in 1996. The week following her departure from the network, Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger heroically landed US Airways Flight 1459 on the Hudson River, known as ‘The Miracle on the Hudson.’

“I couldn’t get to a TV fast enough,” Chiaro acknowledges. “’I thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ It was a difficult transition. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like being in the control room when there’s breaking news. That doesn’t leave you.”

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Amy Robach Leaving ‘Today’ Show and NBC News

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.

Amy Chiaro Leaving the Today Show

Today show veteran producer Amy Chiaro is leaving the broadcast this week — and she’s getting her weekends back…sort of. Chiaro has been the senior broadcast producer of the Today show and the executive producer of Weekend Today. She is leaving to be the co-EP of the syndicated Dr. Oz which launches in the fall.

Weekend Today, like its weekday counterpart, is consistently #1 in the ratings. On Saturday Dec. 20, the show had its highest viewership since March; on Sunday, Dec. 21, Weekend Today delivered 4.1 million Total Viewers — 39% more than GMA Sunday.

Chiaro is the fourth supervising producer to leave the show in the last year. Noah Oppenheim left in May. Brian Balthazar left in July. And Amy Rosenblum was among those cut last December. In August, the Today show hired Noah Kotch from ABC News to be a senior producer on the broadcast.

> Update: Dee Dee Thomas takes over as supervising producer of Today and Pat Burkey steps in as EP of Weekend Today (in addition to EP of Weekend Nightly).