In a statement The Independent, an ABC News spokesperson revealed that Holmes and Robach are officially leaving GMA3: What You Need to Know. The departure comes after the Daily Mail first shared photos of the pair in November, sparking speculation about their alleged romance.
“After several productive conversations with Amy Robach and TJ Holmes about different options, we all agreed it’s best for everyone that they move on from ABC News,” the spokesperson said. “We recognize their talent and commitment over the years and are thankful for their contributions.”
Neither of the two TV hosts have spoken out about their rumoured relationship. They also haven’t publicly confirmed their official departure from ABC.
The Independent has contacted representatives for Holmes, Robach, and ABC for comment.
Their departure came weeks after a source told TMZ that Holmes and Robach had “lawyered up” and if the TV station continued to keep them “off the air or fires them,” they were prepared to file a lawsuit.
Robach and Holmes’ exit was also announced over a month after ABC News took them off the air. As reported by Variety in December, ABC News president Kim Godwin informed staff that they would not perform their anchoring duties as the network weighed the impact that their alleged romance could have on the show and the company.
While Godwin reportedly referred to the rumoured relationship as “an internal and external disruption”, she also allegedly told employees that Robach and Holmes did not violate any company policy.
In the midst of Robach and Holmes’ absence from the program last month, Godwin also reportedly said, in a memo to staffers, that they would “remain off-air pending the completion of an internal review”.
“I understand that the continuing coverage can be distracting from the incredibly important work our team does here at ABC News,” Godwin reportedly wrote in the memo, as obtained byE! News. “It is my hope that we will continue to focus our energy on what we do best, and I want all of you to know how immensely proud I am of your hard work and professionalism.”
At the end of December, Holmes filed for divorce from his wife, Marilee Fiebig, amid the reports about him and Robach. Per Daily Mail in November, Holmes and Fiebig reportedly ended their 12-year marriage in August 2022 -- the same month that Robach split from her husband of 12 years, Andrew Shue.
Earlier this month, Fiebig released a statement about the split and her and her ex’s child, Sabine.
“During the holiday season and in light of the challenging times, Marilee’s sole focus has remained on the overall best interest of her 9-year-old daughter,” Stephanie Lehman, Fiebig’s divorce attorney, told Daily Mail. “To that end TJ’s lawyer and I have been working together to move their divorce forward privately, expeditiously and as amicably as possible.”
The lawyer explained how unhappy Fiebig was about Holmes’ behaviour, adding: “Notwithstanding, we continue to be disappointed by TJ’s lack of discretion, respect and sensitivity toward Marilee and the party’s daughter.”
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