ABC News executives can finally relax this evening, as the network has finalized a new deal with Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos (the final key member of the GMA team to sign a new contract with the network).
ABC confirmed that the deal will keep Stephanopoulos in his current role on both GMA and as the moderator of the Sunday roundtable show The Week.
Stephanopoulos’ new deal means that he, Robin Roberts, and Lara Spencer (who was recently promoted to co-host) will all remain on the morning news program and stabilize the show’s line-up after the departure of two key members of GMA team. Earlier this year weatherman Sam Champion left GMA for The Weather Channel and anchor Josh Elliot left GMA for NBC Sports.
Ginger Lee took Champion’s place as a GMA‘s meteorologist and Amy Roback has been added to the news desk to take Elliot’s place. GMA has also announced that Michael Straham will be joining the show as a contributor.
ABC News Spokeswoman Heather Riley expressed the network’s pleasure in getting all of the anchor’s deals done in a timely fashion:
We are thrilled that the team is locked in and that the deal was done quickly and with such goodwill from all sides.”
GMA continues to dominate the morning news genre, as just last week they beat out all other networks in viewers (5.7 million) and in the coveted 25-54 age group advertisers look for in news programs.
Good Morning America airs weekdays at 7a.m./6c on ABC.