CBS and NBC are defending ABC by not covering the scandal plaguing its Disney-owned rival.
“GMA3” anchors Amy Robach and TJ Holmes have been dominating the tabloids in recent days as their years-long extramarital affair came to light, prompting them to shun their bosses until they resolve their fates.
However, while the debate over ABC continues, neither of the other two broadcast networks has aired a single second.
According to Grabien’s transcripts, “CBS Mornings,” “CBS Evening News” and CBS’ daytime talk show “The Talk” avoided the relationship during their Monday and Tuesday broadcasts. “NBC Nightly News” and “Today” similarly ignored the topic.
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The only coverage CBS News and NBC News gave of the ongoing saga were articles on their websites, as well as a brief mention on NBC’s little-watched streaming channel.
CBS and NBC offering zero on-air coverage of the ABC fiasco is reminiscent of the long-standing practice of CNN and MSNBC, where the two liberal cable news networks routinely turned a blind eye to the controversies that plagued each other.
Notably, neither CNN nor MSNBC discussed the Robach-Holmes case on air.
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ABC continued to ignore his workplace drama in its programming. “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight” and “The View” covered the controversy during their broadcasts Monday and Tuesday. ABC News’ digital platform also ignored the ongoing controversy, the search results show.
The lovebirds were absent from this week’s “GMA3: What You Need To Know.” ABC News anchors Stephanie Ramos and Gio Benitez filled in, and a smiling Ramos told viewers on Monday, “Amy Robach and TJ Holmes have an off day” before continuing the show.
ABC honchos initially planned not to punish Holmes and Robach for their much-publicized relationship, but ABC News president Kim Godwin told staff Monday morning that “internal distraction” had become too important.
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“I’m going to take Amy and TJ off the air,” Godwin told employees during an internal call, a source close to the situation said.
An ABC insider said last week that they won’t be punished because their involvement was consensual, and it’s unclear whether their time off the air was just a cooling off period for the story to die down.
This has been revealed in a series of recent tabloid bombshells Holmes and Robach are ending their marriage after having an affair with each other. Godwin reiterated that no company rules were broken, but the ordeal has become too much of a distraction for the network.
Holmes and Robach “have been engaged in a passionate romance despite being married to their respective spouses for the past 12 years.” The Daily Mail reported last week In the story, which includes some candid photos of the lunchtime anchors taken during the month of November.
The New York Post published a series of exclusives that provided detailed details of the relationship. The Post also reported that Holmes and Robach “started their alleged romance while training for the New York City Half Marathon in March, but didn’t leave their spouses, Andrew Shue and Marilee Fiebig, until August.”
Holmes seemed to make a small gesture To the fanfare on Friday’s show, she smiled, as she said: “Friday is so sad. It’s been a great week. I want this week to go on and on. Just having fun.”
“Speak for yourself,” Robach replied with a laugh.
Robach was married to former Melrose Place star Shue for 12 years. Shue and Robach co-wrote a 2021 children’s book, Better Together, based on their blended family.
Holmes has been married to Fiebig since 2010.
Fox News’ Brian Flood, David Rutz contributed to this report.