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Did They Change Desks To Hide Anchor's Legs? (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani
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"Good Morning America" reportedly changed the anchor desk to hide the relatively short George Stephanopoulos' dangling legs.

The TV show allegedly added two wide panels to the front size of the desk so the audience could no longer see 56-year-old George Stephanopoulos' legs, the Daily Mail reports.  

"He's 5-foot-6 and is dwarfed by human trees Robin Roberts [(5-foot-7)] and Michael Strahan [(6-foot-5)]," said an insider, reports Page Six. "GMA initially thought using an anchor desk with elevated chairs would help the problem. Still awkward, George's little-boyish mini-legs were seen dangling."

While he has yet to comment on these claims, Stephanopoulos has laughingly dismissed similar ones like it in the past.

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A 2010 report alleged the show gave him a booster seat so he would appear close in height to one of his co-hosts.

"I would have been happy with phone books, but I’m glad they found a solution," replied Stephanopoulos to the rumors.

Many on social media have been quick to respond to reports like these.

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A few found it amusing and poked fun at Stephanopoulos.

"Didn't he play one of the munchkins in the Wizard of Oz?" wrote one person.

"Yikes!," chimed in a second. "Georgie is tiny!! Pea brain too!!"

"Dreadful little hobbit man," said another.

"All he needs now is a BIB and then can feed him his baby food," a fourth chimed in.

Others, however, found both the rumors and comments tasteless.

"Who cares if he's shorter than the average male...at least he is a great reporter and is good at his job," wrote one Daily Mail reader. "Certainly better than Hannity, or O'Rielly."

"Who cares how tall, short, thin, or fat they are?" replied another. "They provide opinion, analysis, ideas, and entertainment to the news programs. Unrelated to altitude or shape."

"Body shaming a man as the header story on the front page," said a third. "Think of the backlash if it was a woman. Just when I think they cannot get any lower, my goodness."

"If you're watching GMA and your only focus is in George S.'s legs, your missing out on a good morning program," reasoned another.

A number of others even thought it was cruel for people to care about his height at all.

"I'm not a fan of his, but this is mean spirited," wrote one.

"The comments here are an example of what is wrong with America.....people are no longer kind!" lamented another.

Sources: Page Six, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Tulane Public Relations/Wikimedia Commons, Good Morning America via Daily Mail

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