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Josh Elliott Leaving ‘Good Morning America’ for NBC Sports

Breaking: ElliottJosh Elliott is leaving “Good Morning America” and joining NBC Sports. Elliott’s jump to NBC and a return to sports, comes at the end of intense contract negotiations with ABC News. Elliott will work on most high-profile NBC Sports programs including “Sunday Night Football,” NBC Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing. NBC is expected to reveal more later this week.

Elliott joined ABC from ESPN three years ago this month. A year after he joined the ABC morning show, “GMA” topped NBC’s “Today” for the first time in 16 years. “GMA” has been the most-watched morning show since.

Elliott’s departure for NBC comes three months after his colleague Sam Champion left “GMA” for the Weather Channel, which is co-owned and has a broadcast partnership with NBC. Champion has already made appearances on “Today.”

In a note to his staff, Disney/ABC co-president Ben Sherwood writes, “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.” Sources tells TVNewser, Elliott was seeking up to $10 million from ABC. The network offered $5 million. Elliott emailed Sherwood around 6pm tonight to tell him he was taking the NBC Sports job.

This is the second high-profile ABC-to-NBC move in less than a week. On Thursday, Cynthia McFadden, who spent 20 years at ABC announced she was joining NBC News’s investigative unit. She signed off “Nightline” Friday night. Elliott will get a “GMA” send-off later this week.

Late last week, ABC News re-signed co-host Lara Spencer to the show. A few days earlier Disney promoted Sherwood from ABC News president to co-president of the Disney/ABC TV group.

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Report: Josh Elliott Asking ‘GMA’ for Big Raise

josh elliott“Good Morning America” news anchor Josh Elliott is asking for a big raise, The New York Post Page Six reports.

Elliott’s agents reportedly asked for an equal bump in salary to co-anchor Robin Roberts after she re-signed in December for a high seven figures salary.

One source told us, “Josh started as news anchor, but his role has increased significantly and he is an integral part of the success of the show. He is not asking for as much money as Robin, but an equivalent raise.”

The story says Elliott has also spoken with NBC News, but his goal is to stay with ABC. He’s been part of “GMA’s” ride to the top of the morning show heap, joining the show in April 2011 a year before it overtook “Today” as the top rated morning program.

We’ve reached out to ABC News, but did not immediately hear back.

Morning Shows Dress Up as TV Icons For Halloween

After last year’s on-air parties were canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween was back in full swing today on the morning shows. On “Today,” Al Roker was Mr. T from “The A-Team,” Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales were Laverne and Shirley, Matt Lauer and Willie Geist were the lifeguards from “Baywatch” and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were The Flinstones. Lauer made a particularly memorable Pamela Anderson-like entrance onto the plaza (video after the jump).

On “GMA,” Robin Roberts was Oprah, Dan Harris was Ryan Seacrest, Lara Spencer was Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty” and Josh Elliot was Abe Lincoln. The anchors also did costume changes: in the second round, Spencer was Miley Cyrus, George Stephanopoulos was George Clooney from “Gravity,” Elliott and Sam Champion were Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone and Roberts was Olivia Pope.

“Fox & Friends” got in on the Halloween action, too: the “F&F” team dressed up as “Duck Dynasty” for the last segment of the show.

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Toasting Tory Johnson for Making the ‘Shift’ and Shedding 72 Pounds

At her book party for “Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life,” “Good Morning America” contributor Tory Johnson told the story about what set her on the path, once and for all, to shed unwanted pounds. It was a conversation she had with Barbara Fedida, SVP of talent development and one of her bosses at ABC News.

The advice was so meaningful, that Johnson dedicates the book to Fedida: “For telling me what I needed to hear.”

Fittingly, Fedida hosted the party the East Side home she shares with husband ESPN Radio’s Andrew Brill. Always cheerful in her “Steals & Deals” segments, Johnson says she hasn’t been truly this happy in a long time. In 20 months, she’s lost 72 pounds — equivalent to two dogs, so said her teenage twins Jake and Emma. (The family beagle Marly weighs in at 35 lbs.) And Johnson did it on the sly, without telling her “GMA” family, until it became clear she was on a mission.

Before heading to the US Weekly event where she was honored, “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts toasted Johnson for the dedication she showed. ABC News president Ben Sherwood also raised a glass, praising Johnson for her determination and her penchant for giving really BIG GIFTS, including the two giant stuffed animals she’s given to his kids over the years. Sherwood gave Johnson her “GMA” job when he was EP of the show in the mid-2000′s Johnson’s first job in TV was as an intern at ABC’s “20/20.”

TVNewser also spotted ABC News anchors Lara Spencer, Cynthia McFadden, Amy Robach and Josh Elliot; correspondents Byron Pitts, Deborah Roberts and Gio Benitez; execs Susan Mercandetti, James Goldston, David Sloan, Morgan Hertzen, Jeffrey Schneider, Eric Avram and Sandy Cannold. Former “GMA” EP Jim Murphy, now senior EP of CNN’s “New Day.” Also, David Zincenko, Dr. Richard Besser, Deborah Norville, and Barbara Corcoran, who assisted Sherwood in presenting a gift to Johnson: a box full of zero-calorie pickles — a favorite snack on her journey.

WABC anchors David Navarro, Lee Goldberg Rob Powers and Lori Stokes also attended. We had a nice chat with meteorologist Amy Freeze (her real last name) about the science behind the weather — and also raising four kids in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Freeze also told us she has benefited from the “Fedida plan,” as it’s become known in the halls of ABC.

A Critical Analysis Of ‘Good Morning America’ Valentines Day Stunt

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, ABC’s “Good Morning America” turned to one of the most popular stunts on TV: the live wedding proposal. “GMA” added a twist, however: the couple had to get married live on the show… less than an hour after the proposal.

Jezebel’s Jessica Coen takes issue with the stunt, noting that the bride, Melissa, clearly was thinking about a wedding, but that at the end of the day she had no say in it. The bridesmaids, the flowers, the officiant and the colors were all chosen by “GMA”. The only input Melissa had in the wedding was choosing between four dresses that were pre-selected based on pics to her Pinterest page.

Update: Her now-husband was the one who came up with the idea: “While a “wedding in a flash” was slightly risky, it was in keeping with the couple’s adventurous courtship, Bondy assured.”

The gist of Coen’s critique is after the jump, though it is worth noting that Melissa told ABCNews.com once the cameras stopped rolling:

“They say your wedding day is one of the most amazing days of your life and this is one of the top two now for me,” Cohn said. “I never thought I’d get married on television. This is amazing to get married on ‘GMA.’”

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Morning Shows in Overtime for Inauguration

ABC’s and CBS’s morning shows are going beyond the normal 9am end time covering the run up to the ceremonial Inaugruation — the real one was yesterday. Anchors and correspondents are in place for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell are broadcasting from a temporary booth on the National Mall. “Today” anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker are at the network’s 400 North Capitol studios, also home to Fox News and C-Span. ABC’s “Good Morning America” is a split show, with George Stephanopoulos at ABC”s Newseum studio and Josh Elliot on Pennsylvania Ave. while the rest of the team was in New York.

Fox & Friends, as observed by @GabrielSherman, also mentioned that today is Blue Monday. “The most depressing day of the year,” said Steve Doocy. “It has to do with drab weather, holiday bills and resolutions we have not met,” he explained.

Ben Sherwood On ‘Hard News’ In The Mornings

ForbesJeff Bercovici interviews ABC News president Ben Sherwood. “Good Morning America” was a significant part of the conversation, and Bercovici pressed Sherwood on whether “GMA’s ratings wins were coming at the expense of hard news, citing the recent guest-hosting appearance of Ann Romney, and Sarah Palin on competitor “Today.”

[Long pause] I think that “Good Morning America,” every morning, comes right out of the box at 7 a.m. with an incredibly aggressive mix of everything people need to stat their day. You’ve got George Stephanopoulos explaining the political world, you’ve got Sam Champion chasing the biggest weather around the country, you’ve got Josh Elliot telling folks what the big news around the world is, you’ve got Lara Spencer with all the entertainment and lifestyle information, and you’ve got Robin, who is the heart and soul of our program, who is on medical leave right now.

Once in a while…we book all kinds of guests on the program. Typically they’re newsmakers and they’re there to add some life to the program. I think the audience gets it. I think the audience understands what they’re there for. While Robin’s away healing from her bone marrow transplant, we’ve got an entire range of people coming in who want to be there for her, want to support her and want to show some solidarity for what she’s going through. Whether that’s Oprah Winfrey, or Sofia Vergara, Ann Romney — I think the audience understands what that’s about.

AP: ‘Good Afternoon America’ Producers ‘Might Want to Hold on to Their Alarm Clocks’

The debut of any show has the potential to be a little rocky, and yesterday’s “Good Afternoon America” was no exception. In his review, the AP’s David Bauder breaks it down segment-by-segment, noting the “GAA” producers “might want to hold on to their alarm clocks”:

The debut edition of “Good Afternoon America” ended abruptly in mid-anecdote from singer Liza Minnelli, who was being interviewed after performing “New York, New York” in the show’s Times Square studio. Host Lara Spencer interrupted her to wave goodbye.

Minnelli, backed by a band and dancers, performed to tout a new live disc of a 1974 recording. In the interview following, [Josh] Elliott asked her, “What was it like watching Liza Minnelli back then?”

A slightly bewildered Minnelli replied: “I don’t know. I’ve never seen her.”

TVNewser will be on hand for tomorrow’s edition of the show, so look for our story on Thursday.

Josh Elliott Gets Pied

Oh, the hazards of the morning show cooking segment. As ABC “Good Morning America” news anchor Josh Elliot learned this week, banana custard pies are not actually known for their pleasing aroma:

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Ethan Nelson Joins ‘GMA’ as Senior Broadcast Producer

ABC’s “Good Morning America” is adding a new senior producer to its ranks, just days after announcing a new newsreader.

Ethan Nelson is joining “GMA” as senior broadcast producer. Nelson joins “GMA” following the announcement that ESPN’s Josh Elliot and “The Insider”‘s Lara Spencer would be joining the program as newsreader and lifestyle anchor, respectively. The moves come after James Goldston assumed senior EP duties on the program in February. Tom Cibrowski is still EP of “GMA.”

Nelson had been a producer for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” where he worked closely with the former “Today” and “Early Show” anchor.