George Stephanopoulos Accepts GMA Offer, Will Continue to Host ‘This Week’

By Chris Ariens 

George Stephanopoulos will be the next co-anchor of “Good Morning America” after accepting the terms of ABC’s offer. For the time being, Stephanopoulos will also continue hosting “This Week,” ABC’s Sunday morning public affairs show.

As TVNewser reported Tuesday, Stephanopoulos is not the only new addition to the show. Juju Chang has been named news anchor, replacing Chris Cuomo who is in negotiations to become co-anchor of “20/20.” In addition to news anchor duties that come with a broadcast morning show, Chang will take a larger role in the feature-driven 8am hour. An official announcement is expected tomorrow.

The changes take effect Monday. Diane Sawyer’s final day on the broadcast, after 10 years as co-anchor, is this Friday.

ABC News president David Westin is keeping Stephanopoulos at the helm of “This Week,” as that show, as well as CBS’ “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer,” continue to chip away at the long-held lead of TV’s #1 Sunday show, NBC’s “Meet the Press with David Gregory.”

Stephanopoulos, who was a senior adviser to Pres. Bill Clinton, is married to actress Alexandra Wentworth. The couple has two daughters and live in Washington, but are expected to relocate to New York. Stephanopoulos joined ABC News as a political analyst after staying through Clinton’s first administration. He later became a correspondent while making frequent appearances on “This Week.” Stephanopoulos took over the show as host in September 2002.