"Good Morning America" news anchor Josh Elliott is leaving the ABC morning program following weeks of contract negotiations, and the network said he will be replaced by correspondent Amy Robach.
Elliott joined the program in 2011 and has been considered a central part of the team that beat out the "Today" show's 16-year streak as the top morning show just a year later, the New York Daily News
reported. Elliott is joining NBC Sports, according to the newspaper.
Elliott sought as much as $10 million a year to stay at "Good Morning America," the Daily News said. ABC offered Elliott $5 million to stay, a raise from his current $1 million salary, a source close to the talks told the Daily news.
On Sunday night, network news chief Ben Sherwood issued a memo saying that the popular anchor had decided to leave the program and Robach would be replacing him.
Elliott is expected to cover many of NBC's highest-profile sports programming, including the Olympics, horse-racing's Triple Crown, and the National Football League. It's a return to sports for Elliott, who made a lateral shift over to "Good Morning America" from ESPN and its "Sports Center" program in 2011, Mediaite
reported. Walt Disney Co. owns ABC and ESPN.
The financial terms of Elliott's contract with NBC have not been disclosed, and his new agreement is expected to be formally announced early this week, The New York Times
reported. While he may show up on NBC Sports programming soon, his ABC contract forbids him from appearing on "Today" for six months after he leaves his position on "Good Morning America."
Robach will become "Good Morning America's" news anchor immediately, the Daily News reported. She recently recovered from breast cancer
and a double mastectomy, Sherwood's memo said, and the network "always knew that Amy was special, and we have all been especially inspired to watch her battle breast cancer with grace and determination."
Her breast cancer was discovered after she underwent a mammogram for a story on "Good Morning America." The 40-year-old mother of two was chosen for the assignment because she's at an age when it's recommended that women regularly check for breast cancer.
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