Josh Elliott to leave 'Good Morning America' to join NBC Sports

By Shaunice Conyers,

Good Morning America anchor Josh Elliott will leave the show after his current contract ends to join NBC Sports.

People reports that Elliott will be replaced by Amy Robach. Ben Sherwood, the president of ABC News, said he is appreciative of Elliott's work.

"I want to thank Josh for his many contributions to GMA and ABC News," Sherwood said in a message to staff.

With Elliott's exit, Robach, who announced last October that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, will co-anchor Good Morning America alongside Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos.

According to the New York Daily News, Elliott will be covering the NFL, the Olympics and the Triple Crown as part of his duties at NBC Sports.

Elliott, who is one of Sherwood's favorites at ABC, had been locked in tough contract negotiations with the network for the last several weeks. Elliott was seeking a $10 million a year salary, but ABC was only willing to offer him $5 million a year. Currently, Elliott earns $1 million a year.

Elliott's exit comes after Lara Spencer signed a new deal to stay on at Good Morning America and follows the departure of Sam Champion, who left Good Morning America last December to join the Weather Channel.



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