A 12 months to the day after they had been first suspended by ABC Information following the general public disclosure of their private relationship, Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes are talking out about what occurred.
The pair mentioned their relationship and subsequent departure from ABC on the primary episode of their new iHeartMedia podcast, known as Amy & T.J.
Holmes and Robach, in fact, had been the co-anchors of GMA3, the early afternoon spinoff of the ABC morning present Good Morning America. A couple of 12 months in the past, a tabloid revealed that the 2 had been in a relationship, and ABC Information president Kim Godwin introduced that they might be pulled from the present “quickly” because the community discovered a response.
In the end, ABC parted methods with Robach and Holmes in January of this 12 months, with a spokesperson saying that “all of us agreed it’s greatest for everybody that they transfer on.”
“I assume one of the simplest ways to sum us up, Amy and T.J., is that we’re the parents who misplaced the roles we love as a result of we love one another,” Holmes stated on the podcast Tuesday. “And that’s the backside line.”
One of many identify concepts for the podcast, Holmes stated, was “‘Scandal-less,’ as a result of this was a scandal that wasn’t.”
Robach and Holmes stated that a number of “mainstream” information shops opted to not report on their relationship after they came upon that each had been going by divorces, however that the tabloid report led to the fateful choice by ABC Information to droop them.
“We every bought a telephone name from our bosses saying that that they had made the choice — and so they made it once more some extent to say we hadn’t violated any firm coverage — however as a result of we had change into a distraction that they thought it could be greatest in the event that they quickly took us off the air to let issues cool down,” Robach recalled. “And I bear in mind I stated … Now that is going to be a narrative in the event you take us off the air, please don’t do that.”
“That was the morning we knew we’d not be going again to that community,” Holmes added. “We knew that telephone name sealed it, as a result of you may’t come again from that.”
“I used to be sick to my abdomen as a result of we knew what was coming as soon as that announcement was made,” Robach continued.
Robach stated that their plan was to finalize their divorces, after which inform ABC administration and the general public that they had been a pair, however that the tabloid report compelled their hand. Holmes added that a few of the media protection framed them as “adulterers.”
“We thought in January, we’re going to go and stroll in and clarify to administration that we’re a pair … We’d truly even talked about doing it earlier,” Robach recalled. “Proper earlier than the photographs got here out, we thought: Ought to we inform them what’s happening? And we thought, ‘Let’s simply get these divorces cleaned up after which let’s do it.’ However we had each intention of doing it and we didn’t consider, and I don’t suppose we nonetheless do consider, we had been doing something technically flawed.”
“If we’d have put out statements about divorces, after which folks came upon we had been courting, they might increase some eyebrows and go, ‘Oooh, okay, that’s nonetheless an fascinating matter,’” Holmes added. “However doing it this fashion, the story grew to become mainstream after they’re capable of say ‘Morning Present Stars Suspended.’ That’s now a significant story given the model we had been connected to. That’s a giant, large deal. And we knew that that was going to be a giant deal.”
However Holmes added that he didn’t initially suppose that their relationship would rise to the extent of a nationwide information story, acknowledging that as a result of they had been on a GMA present, he ought to have been extra clear-eyed about issues.
“In that world, affiliated with the present we had been affiliated, that’s only a attractive freakin’ story,” Holmes stated. “And I simply don’t suppose we considered it in that method, that anyone would give a rattling what we had been doing.”