It's been a good morning, indeed, for Good Morning America's Lara Spencer. The lifestyles anchor has been promoted to GMA co-host, and will now hold the same title as Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, ABC News chief James Goldston told the staff on Friday, April 18.
"A key member of our on-air team, Lara Spencer, rejoined ABC three years ago — bringing her style, humor, sunny confidence, wonderful journalism, and storytelling to GMA," Goldston wrote in a memo. "Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed, and I am so pleased to announce that Lara has been elevated to co-host of the program along with Robin and George."
Goldston's memo also praised Roberts, whom he called "the captain" of the group and "the heart of GMA," and veteran newsman Stephanopoulos, who has "a work ethic that's unmatched." Spencer will help round out the team.
"I remain in awe of the entire staff at GMA," Goldston shared. "I could not be more excited and honored to work with this stellar team. Your dedication and passion are unmatched and I look forward to reaching great new heights alongside all of you."
Spencer's promotion is just the latest in a long line of changes at ABC's morning show. Earlier this month, Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan joined GMA as a part-time contributor, following former anchor Josh Elliott's departure for NBC Sports. And in December, weatherman Sam Champion left to take a position at the Weather Channel.