It appears that some of the staffers at ABC's Good Morning America will need to step aside to let Michael Strahan step in.
The New York Post says that with Strahan coming on board full time to GMA, others will lose face time and maybe their jobs altogether.
The Post reports, sources say Lara Spencer could soon be out, while George Stephanopoulos will focus more on politics as Strahan slides into a lead anchor role. The move is the latest salvo in the morning ratings war with NBC rival “Today.”
ABC bosses strongly deny there are big cast moves afoot, but given the debacle of Strahan’s leaving “Live With Kelly,” they don’t have the best track record about being upfront with their talent plans.
“There are big changes coming to ‘GMA,’ ” an insider said. “Lara could be out, and George will be seen less at the main anchor desk with Robin Roberts. Instead, Michael will be appearing more while George focuses on politics and hard news.”
“GMA” spokeswoman Heather Riley insisted that Strahan isn’t being groomed for Stephanopoulos’ seat. She said, “There is no truth to this. Of course George will be focused on politics, and no one is being groomed to take his place. Lara isn’t going anywhere, and Amy will have the same important role on the show as she has for the past three years.”
Stephanopoulos has been looking to scale back his GMA duties for years, so the Post report on that could be dead on. Whether Spencer gets the axe, that will be a wait and see.