Two TV anchors working for ABC Information within the US have been pulled from air after their office romance got here to mild, amid a storm of public gossip and tabloid protection.
TJ Holmes and Amy Robach, who’ve labored as hosts on Good Morning America spinoff talkshow GMA3 since 2020, have been revealed to be in a relationship final week after paparazzi pictures of the pair have been revealed on-line. Each Holmes and Robach are married, however after the pictures have been revealed a consultant for the pair mentioned they’d each separated from their spouses and the connection solely started not too long ago.
Throughout an editorial name on Monday, Kim Godwin, the president of ABC Information, introduced that Holmes and Robach would quickly be pulled from GMA3.
“I’m going to speak about one thing that has change into an inner and an exterior distraction: the connection between two of our colleagues,” Godwin mentioned, in line with sources on the decision. “And so, I need to say that whereas that relationship isn’t a violation of firm coverage, I’ve actually taken the previous few days to consider and work via what I feel is greatest for the ABC Information organisation. And so, for now, I’m going to take Amy and TJ off the air, whereas we determine this out.
“These selections should not simple, they don’t seem to be knee-jerk, however they’re mandatory for the model and for our precedence which, you guys know, are all of us — the individuals right here at ABC,” she added, asking employees to “cease the whispering within the hallways” concerning the relationship.
“We are able to’t function with gossip, and hypothesis and rumours,” she mentioned. “We have to keep centered on the work.”
Holmes and Robach’s relationship was revealed after paparazzi pictures of the pair collectively on trip have been revealed on-line.
Amid a storm of tabloid protection and social media furore, a consultant for Holmes and Robach mentioned: “That they had been shut pals for a few years, however this relationship began over the previous few months, after they separated from their respective spouses in August. That they had not advised anybody, even at ABC, as a result of they have been ready till they each have been divorced.”
Holmes and Robach hosted two episodes of GMA3 after their relationship got here to mild.
“It’s too dangerous it’s Friday. It’s been an incredible week. I simply need this one to maintain going and going and going. Simply having fun with it … Take all of it in,” Holmes mentioned on-air on Friday.
“Converse for your self,” Robach replied.
On Monday, the 2 have been changed by Stephanie Ramos and Gio Benitez, who will proceed to fill in for the pair whereas ABC Information settles the matter.