ABC News Benches Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes After Romance Disclosure

From a story on variety.com by Brian Steinberg headlined “ABC News Benches Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes After Romance Disclosure”:

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes will be benched from their anchoring duties at ABC News’ “GMA3′ while the news division weighs the effect their recent disclosure of a romantic relationship might have on the program and the company, ABC News President Kim Godwin informed staffers Monday.

Godwin told ABC News employees during an editorial call Monday that Robach and Holmes had not violated any company policy, but indicated ABC News felt the matter had become “an internal and external disruption,” and “wanted to do what’s best for the organization.”

ABC News declined to make executives available for comment. Gio Benitez and Stephanie Ramos will co-host Monday’s broadcast, but there’s not a sense at present of how the program will be staffed for the rest of the week or when Robach and Holmes might return.

The duo has generated reams of unwanted attention since the revelation that they had been involved romantically for some time, even though most outsiders believed each anchor was still in a committed marriage. Since the disclosure, the pair has been the focus of tabloid reports.

“GMA3,” an afternoon extension of the popular “Good Morning America,” has been a bright spot in daytime for the network. Just days ago, ABC News was touting the ratings performance of “GMA3” and comparing it with rivals such as CBS’ “The Talk’ and NBC News’ “NBC News Daily.”

The company seemed to have no worries last week about putting Robach and Holmes on screen. On Friday, the pair were serving up news and banter that are a regular part of the afternoon showcase.

Other networks have had to contend with on-air relationships that blossom into something more. At MSNBC, “Morning Joe” co-anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski kept a romance hidden for some time, but the pair eventually married.

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