UPDATE: Jan. 27, 6:42 p.m. EST ― On Friday afternoon, ABC News officially announced that T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach would be leaving the network, according to CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy.
An ABC spokesperson issued this statement:
“After several productive conversations with Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes about different options, we all agreed it’s best for everyone that they move on from ABC News. We recognize their talent and commitment over the years and are thankful for their contributions.”
The “GMA3” hosts were taken off the air last month after their love affair became public knowledge so that ABC News could work through what executive Kim Godwin said would be “best for the organization.”
Now, numerous outlets are reporting that the network is negotiating an exit for the pair, and a finalized deal could come as soon as Friday afternoon.
That will relieve at least one person connected with the negotiation, who told CNN: “There is a lot of frustration on all sides that it could have been handled better.”
Sources told TMZ that the mediation has been “extremely contentious,” with network officials having accused Robach of keeping liquor in her dressing room and reportedly coming to work intoxicated the day after the 2022 College Football National Championship game.
A source called that allegation “insane” and insisted Robach was simply tired.
In addition, Holmes has been accused of having affairs with at least three ABC News employees, including a producer and a 24-year-old junior staffer, during his time at the network, according to the Daily Beast.
Robach and Holmes reportedly started dating in August after their respective marriages to other people broke down. Robach is in the process of divorcing actor Andrew Shue, and Holmes filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Marilee Fiebig, late last month.
Although Godwin said at the time of the couple’s suspension that their relationship was “not a violation of company policy,” TMZ reported that during the mediation process, it became clear that Robach and Holmes waited too long before disclosing their romance and their “behavior on set” made some staff members “uncomfortable.”