Good Morning America news anchor, Josh Elliott has decided to leave the popular morning show, his home since 2011, for NBC Sports. Some may view this as a step down for the likable commentator, however, it was Elliott’s decision.
ABC news president, Ben Sherwood, recently sent out this memo regarding Elliott’s move: “Josh Elliott let us know today that he is going to NBC Sports. As many of you know, we have been negotiating with Josh these past several months. In good faith, we worked hard to close a significant gap between our generous offer and his expectations. In the end, Josh felt he deserved a different deal and so he chose a new path.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources assert that Elliott was given a salary offer of four to five million, which is significantly higher than his current income estimated at $800,000. Apparently for Elliott this was not worth the daily 4 a.m. wake up call. New York Daily News revealed that ten million was his desired number.
The 42-year-old’s new gig at NBC sports, which has yet to be officially announced, is described by The Hollywood Reporter as “robust”, which could mean high profile sports coverage. He won’t be treading on unfamiliar territory either, as he previously worked at ESPN prior to making the move to ABC. Elliott was also a writer for Sports Illustrated.
Amy Robach is said to be taking over for Josh Elliott when he vacates. Robach made headlines last fall after she underwent an on-air mammogram and was diagnosed with breast cancer as a result. She has filled in many times for Robin Roberts on GMA when she was out for several months recovering from a bone marrow transplant.
NBC Sports has yet to comment on what specifically Elliott’s role will be, nor are there particulars on how GMA will send him off. “I want to thank Josh for his many contributions to GMA and ABC News, Sherwood said. “Later in the week, we will bid him farewell.”
Josh Elliott Says Goodbye to GMA Moves to NBC Sports