George Stephanopoulos joins ABC's 'Good Morning America'
The news comes as no surprise to most industry watchers and the network is expected to make the official announcement on Thursday (Dec. 10).
Speculation of Stephanopoulos' impending move to "GMA" heated up once it was announced that Diane Sawyer would be departing the morning show to anchor ABC's evening's "World News" after Charlie Gibson stepped down.
The report also claims that Stephanopoulos could join his new morning colleagues -- Robin Roberts and newly assigned newsreader JuJu Chang -- as early as Monday (Dec. 14).
Stephanopoulos is expected to continue hosting Sunday's "This Week" in the near term, but will eventually give up those duties to focus solely on "GMA."
Chris Cuomo will be exiting "GMA" as first reported by New York Post. The newsreader is being replaced by the aforementioned Chang. Once Stephanopoulos was identified as frontrunner for Sawyer's vacant seat on the show it was became evident that Cuomo's future with "GMA" was unclear.
Speculation as to whether or not Cuomo would remain with "GMA" continued to run rampant in media circles this past weekend when conflicting reports about his resignation emerged.
ABC rep Jeffrey Schneider initially denied the report on Sunday (Dec. 7) to Mediabistro.com. "Nothing could be further from the truth," he said.
But then Tuesday (Dec. 8) it was confirmed that Cuomo would indeed be leaving the morning show.
Diane's Sawyer's finale "Good Morning America" broadcast will be Friday, Dec 11.
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