December 11, 2009 06:47:18 GMT
The host of 'This Week' will make his hosting debut on 'Good Morning America' next week alongside Robin Roberts.
It was officially announced on Thursday, December 10 that George Stephanopoulos, host of Sunday talk show "This Week", is joining "Good Morning America" crew. He is filling in the shoes of Diane Sawyer who moves to anchor ABC's "World News" on December 21.
"Millions of Americans tune in every morning to find out what happened and make sense of it," George said in an interview concerning his recruitment to the TV show. "To have the chance to be part of that is exciting."
George will begin his hosting job on the morning show on Monday, December 14 paired with current co-anchor Robin Roberts. In addition, he will also continue serving as "This Week" anchor until a replacement is named.
The joining of George who has "pretty remarkable" interviewing skills will make GMA lean a little more toward hard news. "We're not going to become The Washington Post [but] we're going to do a lot of the stuff The Washington Post does," executive producer Jim Murphy said.
Jim also confirmed that George will take part in the show's lighter segments saying, "he does laugh. He does offer a good one-liner every once in a while. I think you'll see a few more of those."
On another news, Chris Cuomo confirmed to the viewers that he will be leaving the show as well to co-anchor "20/20" with Elizabeth Vargas and report on legal issues across the news division.