After ten years at ABC’s Good Morning America, co-anchor Diane Sawyer announced today this will be her last week on the show. Sawyer made the announcement surrounded by friends and colleagues from the network, who offered emotional well wishes.
“You really are giving up your day job,” said co-anchor Robin Roberts, just after Sawyer announced her departure. “Thank you. We are going to do all things just like you this week."
An emotional Roberts referred to Sawyer as “my Thelma” and expressed that “it is so difficult” to see her leave the show. Anchor Chris Cuomo stated that Sawyer’s work “makes us all proud,” and added, “It is amazing what we’ve seen you be able to do.”
It was far from a somber farewell, though, as Sawyer’s GMA friends laughed along with her and recapped highlights from her career in the show’s “Around the Water Cooler” segment. "I've calculated 2,881 shows," Sawyer said, reflecting on her time with GMA. "Roughly."
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Sawyer will not be leaving the spotlight, however. Starting December 21, she will take over as host of World News, replacing the retiring Charles Gibson. There is no official word yet on who will take Sawyer’s place on GMA, but according to the LA Times, the network is close to confirming George Stephanopoulos as the new co-host.