Just over one month ago, ABC — which is owned by The Walt Disney Company — was forced to put two of its news anchors on leave when rumors of their affair were made public. Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, who host GMA3: What You Need To Know, were photographed being affectionate while out and about in New York City. The two confirmed their relationship, but said it did not begin until they both left their respective partners. Since then, the two have continued their relationship as some of their fellow anchors demanded they be fired.
Now, according to multiple sources, it seems that Holmes and Robach are both out at GMA. Those sources have confirmed that the two have been fired from ABC, but the details are being worked out. Per sources who spoke to US Weekly:
Off the air for good. Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes will not return to the third hour of Good Morning America following their hiatus, multiple sources exclusively reveal to Us Weekly.
“Amy and T.J are out, a decision has been made,” a source tells Us about Robach, 49, and Holmes, 45. “The network is negotiating with them on their exit deals and an announcement.”
A source who spoke to People said that, while it is unlikely that Holmes and Robach will return to GMA, the “lines of communication” are open.
“There are no negotiations about their future,” the source says. “ABC is completing their investigation.”
The source continues, “While it is unlikely they will return in the capacity they were in — the longer time goes on, it becomes less likely they will return — there are still open lines of communication and further discussions are being had about what will happen.”
Since their suspensions, ABC anchors Gio Benitez and Stephanie Ramos have been filling in on GMA3. Many fans of the show are calling for Benitez and Ramos to be the permanent replacements and take over the hosting job.
Based on several other reports, Robin Roberts — one of the faces of ABC and an anchor on Good Morning America — is demanding Holmes and Robach, believing that their affair, and the insinuating press, has “tainted the brand” that she and her fellow anchors have worked so hard to achieve.
While ABC President Kim Goodwin made a statement when she announced the pair had been suspended, she has not yet confirmed their firing or what will happen to the show should Robach and Holmes not return.