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Josh Elliott Exiting ABC’s Good Morning America for NBC Sports (TheWrap)
After months of speculation over Josh Elliott’s future at ABC News’ Good Morning America, contract talks broke down over the weekend and he will leave his anchor spot for a gig with NBC Sports. Amy Robach will be promoted to news anchor, effective immediately. TVNewser Elliott’s jump to NBC and return to sports comes at the end of intense contract negotiations with ABC News. Elliott will work on most high-profile NBC Sports programs including Sunday Night Football, NBC Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing. NBC is expected to reveal more later this week. Deadline Hollywood Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at GMA, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million. After his fellow anchor Lara Spencer nailed down a lucrative multiyear contract Thursday, Elliott raised his ask to $10 million a year. Per the terms of Elliott’s exit, he cannot appear on NBC’s Today show for six months. NYT Elliott is the second member of the GMA team to be recruited away from the show by NBCUniversal. Sam Champion, who had been the weather anchor for GMA, was hired by the Weather Channel to start up a new morning show on that cable channel, which is owned by NBCUniversal. ABC did make a strong effort to retain Elliott, offering him about $5 million a year, according to one executive with knowledge of the negotiations. Variety Robach, Elliott’s replacement, began her career as a general assignment reporter in South Carolina and moved on to become a morning anchor in Washington, D.C. She spent five years at NBC where she was an anchor at MSNBC and co-host of Weekend Today. Co-anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos remain as the leads of the show.

Piers Morgan Live Officially Ends, Host Rails Against NRA in Big Farewell (Mediaite)
Piers Morgan Live came to an end Friday night and Piers Morgan himself ended the show by thanking the people who helped make the show possible and loyal viewers who stayed on to watch. He said, “We gave it everything we had and I loved every minute. Well, maybe not every minute.” But Morgan went out swinging at the NRA, in a final monologue hitting on the same point he has been hammering from the start of his tenure at CNN: gun laws. TVNewser “I’ve made my point. I’ve given it a tremendous whack,” said Morgan. “Now it’s down to you. It is your country. These are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry, enough.” Morgan ended with: “God bless America, and while I’m at it, God bless Great Britain, too.” The Guardian For 58 of his 60 minutes, Morgan talked exclusively about Malaysia Airlines flight 370, spending the last two minutes of his show in a rant against the National Rifle Association. Morgan made his decision to retire shortly before a disappeared airliner threw CNN a ratings lifeline. “It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” he told The New York Times in February, while announcing his plans to vacate. In the same interview, he attributed his failure to connect with American audiences to his accent, and the sense that Americans don’t enjoy having a Brit explain — or lecture — their own culture to them. Variety Morgan succeeded longtime CNN host Larry King in 2011. Don Lemon, Jake Tapper, Michael Smerconish and Bill Weir will fill in for Morgan during CNN’s search for a new host. Morgan is currently in discussions with the network regarding a new position.