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Josh Elliott’s ‘GMA’ Good-Bye, Without Josh Elliott

ElliottTMADuring a conference call with reporters yesterday, the newest member of the NBC Sports team Josh Elliott was asked if he was going to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” one last time to say good-bye to viewers. “Those sorts of decisions aren’t mine to make,” Elliott said. This morning the decision was made. Just before the end of “GMA,” Robin Roberts introduced a 3-minute taped piece (after the jump) that looked back “on some of our favorite Josh moments.” Elliott was not present.

If you’re keeping score at home, Elliott’s final appearance on “GMA” was Friday, filling in for George Stephanopoulos. His last interview was with the cast of the film “Cesar Chavez.” It’ll be 6 months, at least, before Elliott can turn up on “GMA’s” rival the “Today” show. His first NBC Sports assignment is the Kentucky Derby. So watch the “Today” show closely on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 for any possible drop-ins.

Sam Champion was on set for his “GMA” send-off December 4. Six weeks later he dropped by “Today.”

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Josh Elliott On His ‘GMA’ Replacement: ‘A Phenomenal Journalist and a Brilliant Woman’

ElliottRobachJosh Elliott has nothing but good things to say about the person who has taken over his duties on “Good Morning America.” “She’s one of my very favorite people,” Elliott says of Amy Robach.

Robach joined ABC from NBC in 2012. (Elliott is making the reverse move.) “She arrived to ABC at a very difficult time for all involved,” Elliot says. Robach joined the network as a New York-based correspondent, but quickly became part of the fabric of “GMA” when, a few weeks in, Robin Roberts announced she was undergoing a bone marrow transplant after contracting MDS, a rare blood disorder. Robach often filled in for Roberts.

“Amy was really thrust into a virtually impossible situation,” Elliott says. “Every single day that I got to work with her I was a little more amazed. Amy is phenomenal journalist and brilliant woman.”

Josh Elliott Leaves ABC for NBC Sports: ‘No News Role Has Been Discussed’

josh elliottJosh Elliott is joining NBC, not to be the next Matt Lauer, he says, but because he “grew up with a love of sports that is unrivaled.” Elliott was introduced as the newest NBC Sports talent by division chairman Mark Lazarus during a conference call with reporters this afternoon.

“No news role has been discussed with me,” Elliott says, adding, “I hope Matt Lauer is here when I step away from this gig, 30 years down the road. I love being a part of a team and the team I’m on now is a fantastic one.”

Elliott joins NBC Sports after three years at ABC News, as a co-host of “Good Morning America.” He doesn’t know if he’ll be back on “GMA” for a final farewell. “Those sorts of decisions aren’t mine to make,” he says.

“I was really happy to see my teammates wish me so well on Monday morning,” Elliott added. He says he remains “eternally thankful for all the people who helped me along the way. None more so than Ben Sherwood.” Sherwood, still new to his job as president of ABC News, plucked Elliott from ESPN in 2011. A year later, the longtime No. 2 morning show had toppled the “Today” show’s 16-year reign at No. 1.

“Everything I have today I owe to Ben,” Elliott says. “[ABC] put a generous offer on the table. They made this for me, simply, a qualitative choice.”

Not only will his commute get easier, NBC Sports is “a couple exits down I95″ in Stamford, CT, but Elliott will now get to fulfill a childhood dream: “A profound and essential part of my being has always been to be a part of an Olympics broadcast.” That wish will be fulfilled in two years in Rio. His first NBC Sports assignment is the Kentucky Derby next month.

Elliott says his only discussion about working with NBC News has been “ways to provide sports content to them.” Lazarus jumped in, adding, “that’s something I would discuss with NBC News, down the line.”

“I feel like the luckiest man in TV today, because of what has been a wondrous near-decade at Disney and a glorious 3 years at ABC News and ‘GMA,’” said Elliott.

At ‘GMA’ ‘the Estrogen is Flowing!’

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Amy Robach took her seat at the news desk this morning as the show bid farewell to Josh Elliott.

“Josh, it has been great run with you, here on ‘GMA,’” said George Stephanopoulos to Elliott, who was not on the show today. “He’s our buddy and we love him very much,” added Lara Spencer, sitting in for Robin Roberts who’s in Los Angeles where she’ll be a judge on “Dancing with the Stars” tonight. Spencer inked her own new deal with ABC just last week.

Elliott is joining NBC Sports where he will contribute to the vast portfolio of sporting events to which NBC has the rights, including Sunday Night Football, the Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing.

“George, the estrogen is flowing!” Spencer added to the lone man on the set, Stephanopoulos, who was surrounded by Robach, meteorologist Ginger Zee and Sara Haines, all three of whom were hired by ABC from NBC in the last three years: Robach and Haines from the “Today” show, and Zee from NBC’s Chicago station WMAQ.

“I want to thank everyone here,” said Robach. “You have made me feel like family from the first day I walked in. The second phone call I got last night was from Josh, congratulating me. I congratulated him. We’ve all become such dear friends.”

Sam Champion: ‘NBC Sports is a Great Opportunity for Josh’s Heart’

ChampionElliottOn his Weather Channel show this morning, Sam Champion commented on Josh Elliott‘s departure from “Good Morning America.”

“He’s a great guy and a very good friend,” said Champion of his former ABC News colleague. “What folks need to understand is just like The Weather Channel was an incredible opportunity for my heart, NBC Sports is a great opportunity for Josh’s heart.”

As we reported last night, Elliott, who has been with “GMA” for three years, will be leaving the network this week and joining NBC Sports. Champion left “GMA” for the Weather Channel in December.

“I know that fans of ‘GMA’ are not loving it. But it’s a happy day for Josh. And folks will follow him no matter where he goes.”

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Amy Robach Named News Anchor of ‘Good Morning America’

AMY ROBACHAs Josh Elliott says good-bye to “GMA,” Amy Robach has been named news anchor of the nation’s No. 1 morning show. “Amy is a world class anchor and correspondent who is beloved by our morning audience and all who know her,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood writes in a note to staff.

Robach joined ABC News in May 2012 from NBC News where she was anchor of weekend “Today.” Last September, Robach had a routine breast examination as part of a “Good Morning America” segment. That examination resulted in a breast cancer diagnosis. Robach had a double mastectomy in November, which revealed a second cancerous tumor. She has been undergoing chemotherapy since.

“We always knew that Amy was special and we have all been especially inspired to watch her battle breast cancer with grace and determination,” Sherwood writes. ”Amy will be a fierce and formidable full-time addition to our GMA team.”

Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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Lara Spencer to Stay with ‘GMA’

LaraSpencerLara Spencer has re-signed with ABC News. Her contract was due to expire in May.

“This was a simple decision,” Spencer said in a statement. “I love what I do and I adore the people I work with. I am thrilled to be on this team and look forward to many more years.”

The show has seen the contracts of four of its five main talent come due around the same time. Sam Champion left the show in December and joined the Weather Channel. Robin Roberts re-signed with “GMA” a few week later. Josh Elliott is currently in negotiations with ABC, but could bolt for a better offer elsewhere.

Elliott joined “GMA” three years ago this month; Spencer followed two months later. A year later, “GMA” had beaten NBC’s “Today” show in the ratings for the first time in 16 years.

Spencer has been with ABC on and off since 1995, first as a reporter at WABC. She joined “GMA,” the first time in 1999 as national correspondent. “ABC has been her home for a long time, and she’s having a great ride,” a friend of Spencer’s tells TVNewser.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

The Morning Ticker: Elliott, Gallagher, Atencio…

  • Disney/ABC Co-president Ben Sherwood is hopeful Josh Elliott will re-sign with ABC News. “We love Josh. We hope Josh is going to stay for a very long time,” Sherwood tells THR. Elliott, the “Good Morning America” newsreader, is seeking a major pay raise.

  • Delia Gallagher returns to CNN as Vatican correspondent. Gallagher, based in Rome, had been CNN’s Faith and Values Correspondent in the mid-2000s. Most recently she has been Senior Editor for the magazine Inside the Vatican.

  • Fusion will air a primetime news special, #SOSVenezuela, tomorrow night at 10pmET. Fusion’s Mariana Atencio, who reported from Caracas last month, will take viewers on a journey through the streets of Venezuela with a personal look at 10 days that shook the country.

The Ticker: Elliott, Lauer, Peabodys

  • Page Six reports “GMA” anchor Josh Elliott is looking for a more than 500% raise to stay with ABC News. Elliott, who is currently making about $1.2 million, is seeking $8 million a year. ABC is willing to go as high as $4 million. The current contract expires in four weeks, says the Post.

  • Matt Lauer hosts “Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes,” an NBC News primetime special Wednesday night that takes viewers to the South Pole. Cameras are with Prince Harry, veteran hikers, and actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West to one of the harshest places on earth.

  • This year’s Peabody Awards recipients will be announced on “CBS This Morning” on April 2. Ira Glass, who will emcee the May 19 Peabody ceremony, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a former network correspondent, will be on the show to talk about the winners.

Networks Cover Announcement: ‘MH370 Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean’

The broadcast networks all interrupted their programming around 10amET to cover the Malaysian Prime Minister’s announcement that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

ABC News aired a special report with “Good Morning America’s” Josh Elliott anchoring along with correspondent David Kerley, anchor Bob Woodruff in Kuala Lumpur, correspondent David Wright in Australia, correspondent Gloria Riviera in Beijing, and contributor Steve Ganyard.

NBC News aired a special report on the broadcast network with “Today’s” Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York, correspondent Bob Hager, correspondent Tom Costello in Washington, foreign correspondent Kier Simmons from Kuala Lumpur, and chief global correspondent Bill Neely in Australia.

CBS News also aired a special report with Charlie Rose and Clarissa Ward anchoring. Correspondent Holly Williams reported from Australia, correspondent Seth Doane from Kuala Lumpur, and correspondent Bob Orr from Washington, D.C.

The cable news networks also carried extended coverage of the news.

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