The morning television landscape is continuing to completely change, and the latest shake-up has come to Good Morning America. ABC is making some key changes to the talk show, meaning we’re going to be seeing a lot less of two stars going forward.
Here’s a look at why the network decided to change things up and how that will affect Good Morning America going forward.
For the past six years, Good Morning America has traditionally been the highest-viewed morning show on TV. Last fall, GMA‘s main competitor, Today, was embroiled in scandal after Matt Lauer was fired amid allegations of sexual misconduct. NBC replaced him with Hoda Kotb, and something funny happened: In the subsequent weeks, ratings actually went up without Lauer, and Today started beating Good Morning America.
This wasn’t just a case of viewers tuning in for a few days out of curiosity to see how the anchors addressed the Lauer scandal. No, Today won in the ratings for weeks and weeks. Today ended up finishing ahead of Good Morning America in the ratings for Q1 2018, according to Deadline.
As ABC struggles to ensure that Good Morning America continues to be the nation’s highest-viewed morning talk show, the network has evidently made a decision to focus even more on the winning team of anchors, and less on everyone else.
According to Page Six, ABC considers their winning team to be Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Michael Strahan. This means that two other Good Morning America stars who don’t belong to that core group will have a reduced role going forward.
Next: The first of two GMA stars whose role is dramatically changing.
The first of two Good Morning America staff members getting a different role going forward is Amy Robach. Robach has worked as a news anchor for Good Morning America since 2014. However, ABC has a position to fill over on 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas stepping down.
Vargas announced she was leaving in December and said that she would officially step down in May. In April, ABC announced that Robach would be her replacement.
Next: How Robach’s move to 20/20 will affect Good Morning America.