Chris Cuomo Leaving “GMA” for “20/20″
Good Morning America is in a major transition. Just days after Diane Sawyer announced she’d be leaving the show for World News Tonight, Chris Cuomo has announced that he’ll be moving from GMA to nighttime newsmag 20/20.
According to the Associated Press, the shakeup paves the way for the announcement — expected imminently — that George Stephanopoulos will join the morning show. Cuomo had been considered the main competition to Stephanopoulos for Sawyer’s old job.
Cuomo, 49, has been the newsreader on Good Morning America for three years. His last day will be Friday, the same day as Diane Sawyer. “I have been blessed to be at GMA,” he said on the show this morning. “I thank all of you. Now I have been asked to anchor 20/20 with my friend, the great Elizabeth Vargas, and also to cover breaking news and get answers for all the shows on the network. It is a dream job for a journalist like me, but it was a very difficult decision because I’m leaving a special place.”
Cuomo has reported live in the field on almost all breaking news stories, including the Fort Hood shooting, Hurricane Rita and the Sago mine collapse in West Virginia in 2006. He’s also been the news anchor for each of Good Morning America’s three consecutive Emmy awards.