Josh Elliot Leaving Good Morning, Turned Down "Generous Offer"; Amy Robach New Co-Anchor

Entertainment Mar. 31, 2014 AT 8:45AM
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It's round number 1,999 of Morning Show Musical Chairs. Good Morning America is saying goodbye to co-anchor Josh Elliot, who is joining NBC Sports, ABC announced in a Sunday, March 30 memo. Replacing Elliot, age, as co-anchor alongside Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, is Amy Robach.

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In an unusually frank memo, ABC News president Ben Sherwood revealed that negotiations with Elliot simply broke down. "We worked hard to close a significant gap between our generous offer and his expectations," Elliot writes. "Josh felt he deserved a different deal and so he chose a new path."

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Added Sherwood of Robach, who shared her breast cancer with viewers last year: "We always knew Amy was special and we have all been especially inspired to watch her battle breast cancer with grace and determination . . .Indeed, she thrilled us with two weeks of memorable dispatches from Sochi anchoring our Olympic coverage ... all between chemo treatments."

"Amy will be a fierce, formidable full-time addition to our GMA team."

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Lara Spencer, meanwhile, reportedly signed a multi-year contract with the top-rated show -- which famously overtook The Today Show in ratings in 2012 -- just a few days ago. Longtime meteorologist Sam Champion left the series late last year for a Weather Channel gig.

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