Amy Robach and TJ Holmes were absent from Good Morning America on Monday after the co-hosts were recently accused of cheating on their spouses.
ABC News correspondents Gio Benitez and Stephanie Ramos represented Robach and Holmes during the latest edition of “GMA 3: What You Need to Know,” alongside regular co-host Jennifer Ashton. The episode aired just days after Page Six reported that Robach, 49, and Holmes, 45 – both married to other people – were involved in “an affair alleged to have lasted for months” and the Daily Mail published photos of the colleagues getting intimate with each other to become New York City.
“Hello and welcome to this Monday’s ‘What You Need to Know’,” Ramos said at the beginning of the show. “Amy Robach and TJ Holmes are off today.”
ABC News President Kim Godwin told her staff in an editorial call Monday that Robach and Holmes would be temporarily taken off the air as the network determines how to deal with the internal scandal rocking the world of broadcast journalism .
“I want to say that while this relationship isn’t a violation of company policy, I’ve really taken the last few days to think and work through what I think is best for the organization,” Godwin said at ABC News the call.
“These decisions are not easy, they are not knee-jerk, but they are necessary for the brand and for our priority … the people here at ABC. … I ask that we stop whispering in the hallways. You know, we can’t operate on gossip, speculation and rumor. We have to focus on work.”
Some outlets have reported that Holmes and Robach have split from their respective spouses — attorney Marilee Fiebig and actor Andrew Shue — almost a year after the alleged affair began. Other reports have indicated that the co-hosts had already split from their spouses before they started seeing each other.
Holmes and Robach have deactivated their Instagram accounts and have been silent since the first headlines and photos surfaced. The news anchors did not respond to The Times requests for comment.
The Times obtained a copy of the transcript of the call to ABC News staff. Read Godwin’s comments below.
Good morning ABC News. Always good to hear your boys’ voices.
Listen, I’m starting this morning, I’m going to talk about something that has become an internal and external distraction. The relationship between two of our colleagues.
And so I want to say that while this relationship isn’t a violation of company policy, I’ve really taken the last few days to think and work through what I think is best for the ABC News organization.
And so I’m going to take Amy and TJ off the air for now while we sort this out.
These decisions are not easy, they are not knee-jerk, but they are necessary for the brand and for our priority, which, as you know, is all of us – the people here at ABC. …
We won’t discuss it on this call until there’s more to say. I’m asking that we stop whispering in the hallways. You know, we can’t operate on gossip, speculation, and rumor. We have to focus on work.
If you feel management needs to know something, you can always call HR or, as I said, speak to a manager you trust. If you think we need to know something.
But other than that, I really want to remind you what an organization we are. We’re friendly, we’re inclusive, we’re respectful and we’re transparent and we’re work-focused.
So I appreciate you, I appreciate your professionalism as we get through this together. And let’s keep our focus on the incredible work we continue to do here at ABC News.
Today it will be Gio and Stephanie Ramos doing “GMA3”. And we will take it from there. That’s what anchors the show today.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-12-05/amy-robach-tj-holmes-gma-affair-scandal-abc Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes absent from ‘GMA 3’ after ‘affair’