ABC News reports TJ Holmes and Amy Robach’s extramarital affair is “a flagrant violation of Disney’s core values,” says the former Good Morning America executive who doesn’t believe the birds will return.
“Reports of broken marriages and cheating, including that TJ had another affair with another ‘GMA’ co-star, are unacceptable and shameful and a gross violation of Disney’s core values,” said the former head of ‘GMA’.
In a series of recent tabloid explosions, it was revealed that Holmes and Robach were ending their marriage after having an affair with each other. ABC insiders initially insisted that Holmes and Robach, who co-hosted GMA3’s Good Morning America, would not be disciplined for their relationship, but ABC News President Kim Godwin told staff on Monday morning that the “distraction” was too much. reported that it has become important. and he pulled them off the air “when we figured it out.” According to many industry insiders, parent company Disney intervened when it made national news that damaged its reputation.
“GMA is a family show and Disney is a family company. Those two are not coming back,” the former GMA executive said. “And the president of ABC News is unlikely to have any say in the matter.”
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Disney CEO Bob Iger may have his own perspective on the situation, as he is married to former “GMA” host Willow Bay. He recently returned as Disney’s chief executive, righting a struggling company after a series of public relations failures, but a pair of ABC News anchors caught up in a fraud scandal is not the story he intended to inherit.
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, a deeply religious person who posts morning prayers on social media, is ABC News’ most influential person. The New York Post This week reports that Roberts warned Holmes and Robach about the release last month “years” before rumors of their relationship swirled around the Disney-owned network.
Roberts reportedly pulled her “GMA” co-stars aside and told them to “stop it,” but her warnings fell on deaf ears. Since news of Holmes and Robach’s relationship became public, the New York Post reported that Holmes, a “serial cheater,” also had a “three-year affair” with a “GMA” producer and a third suspected liaison.
Godwin reiterated to employees Monday that the company’s rules were not violated, but he feels the test has become too much of a distraction for the network.
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Holmes and Robach “have been in a passionate romance despite being married to their respective spouses for the past 12 years,” the Daily Mail reported last week in a series of candid photos of the lunchtime anchors taken throughout November. in a story containing The Post also reported that Holmes and Robach “started their alleged romance in March while training for the New York City Half Marathon, but didn’t leave their spouses, Andrew Shue and Marilee Fiebig, until August.”
Holmes appeared to be referring to the frenzy on Friday’s show, as he smiled: “Friday is so sad. It’s been a great week. I want it to go on and on, just having fun.”
“Speak for yourself,” Robach replied with a laugh.
Stephanie Ramos and Gio Benitez took the place of lovers on Monday. While raising eyebrows, a smiling Ramos said, “Amy Robach and TJ Holmes are having fun,” before continuing the show. On Tuesday, they again said they would fill the pair without explanation.
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.
ABC News did not immediately respond to questions about whether Holmes and Robach would return.
Fox News’ David Rutz contributed to this report.