Good Morning America news anchors have been taken off the air and suspended after their romantic relationship went public.
Amy Robach and T.J Holmes have been removed from their anchoring duties at ABC News’ GMA3 after they recently disclosed their relationship status. Here’s a video of them both working together before the scandal was made public:
The news company will now be weighing in on whether their private life might now have an impact on the news programme and the outlet, according to an internal statement to staff members from ABC News President Kim Godwin.
Godwin informed ABC News members of staff during an editorial call today that Robach and Holmes did not violate any company policy, according to an insider as per Variety, but suggested that the company felt the matter was one of ‘an internal and external disruption’ and was cautious about ‘wanting to do what’s best for the organisation’.
The insider also outlined that Gio Benitez and Stephanie Ramos will instead co-host Monday’s broadcast, but doesn’t yet know how the programme rota will work for the rest of the week, and is not yet aware of whether Robach or Holmes will return.
The pair have garnered unwanted attention since viewers found out that they had been romantically involved with each other for a period of time, despite most viewers previously believing Robach and Holmes were still respectively married.
Since the scandal came to light, the pair have been subjected to scrutinous tabloid stories as well as viewers over-analysing their on-screen lines to discover whether either was dropping hints about their personal relationship on camera.
The suspension comes as the pair fired up their usual serving of news and light-hearted remarks on Friday, during a regular segment in the afternoon.
Originally launched as a platform for showbiz news and conversation, GMA3 was originally hosted by Michael Strahan and Sara Haines with the idea of expanding the audience reach of GMA.
And costing the parent company less than running another kind of original daytime show, the program cemented a new place for advertisers to run with the added dependability of the ABC news brand.
But after the pandemic, news executives shifted towards the news aspect and recruited Robach, a Good Morning America veteran, as well as medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton, to mould into an hour program which combines the latest headlines with areas also focused on entertainment and inspiration.
UNILAD has contacted a representative of ABC News for a comment on the matter.