Lara Spencer to Take Third GMA Co-Host Slot

Posted by at 10:52 am on April 18, 2014

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - August 22, 2012Lara Spencer, the “Good Morning America” anchor who recently negotiated a new contract with ABC to stay on the program, has been elevated to the role of co-host, and will, going forward, hold forth alongside current anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopolos.

The move comes as “GMA,” TV’s most-watched morning program, has been in the midst of change, with two members of the on-air staff that helped the show pass NBC’s “Today” in both total viewers as well as those between 25 and 54, the demo most coveted by advertisers, departed.

Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed,” said James Goldston, the newly named head of ABC News, in a statement.

Spencer is also now a veteran presence on the program, which has two new faces after the departures of meteorologist Sam Champion and news anchor Josh Elliott. Champion left “GMA” in December for his own show at The Weather Channel, while Elliott bid adieu abruptly in late March by taking a job in late March when ABC declined to meet his terms for a new contract.

ABC recently enlisted Michael Strahan, the former football player who has added new momentum to the company’s syndicated morning series “Live with Kelly and Michael,” to take part in occasional “GMA” segments.

The on-air churn comes as NBC has placed new focus on “Today.” Under new NBC News president Deborah Turness, the Peacock has put an emphasis on going after viewers between the age of 18 and 49

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