On the heels of Lara Spencer negotiating a new multi-year contract with the network, Elliott reportedly asked for more than $8 million a year, up from his current $1.2 million salary. After intense negotiation, Elliott, who came to GMA from ESPN in 2011, decided to part ways. Contributor Amy Robach has been upped to anchor in his place, effective immediately.
Ben Sherman, president of ABC News, sent a note to his division to break the news, according to Deadline. "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."
Regarding the Robach news, Sherman said, "Amy is a world class anchor and correspondent who is beloved by our morning audience and all who know her. We always knew that Amy was special and we have all been especially inspired to watch her battle breast cancer with grace and determination. Indeed, she thrilled us with two weeks of memorable dispatches from Sochi anchoring our Olympic coverage — all between chemo treatments. Amy will be a fierce and formidable full-time addition to our GMA team... With Robin, George, Lara, Ginger and Amy, GMA's best days are ahead."
Are you sad to see Elliott go?