It’s been a turbulent few months for Disney-owned ABC News.
The news department has been rocked by a series of tragic deaths and public relations nightmares in recent weeks, with extramarital affairs by “GMA3” co-hosts Amy Roback and TJ Holmes making headlines in national tabloids. surfaced as a neta, and as Whoopi, co-host of “The View.” Goldberg has doubled down on her past Holocaust remarks that have already brought her to a standstill.
ABC News’ “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” executive producer Dax Tejera also died suddenly last month, hours after his wife Veronica Tejera was arrested and charged with endangering a child. before his tragic death.
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The most publicized scandal involving an ABC News talent is the high-profile marriage breakdown by Holmes and Robach, who co-host “GMA3,” the noon expansion of the network’s flagship show “Good Morning America.”
As their infidelity continues to dominate industry gossip and tabloid news, the lovebirds are sidelined pending an internal investigation. I never stopped showing affection on stage. The New York Post recently released a video of them canoeing under the headline, “TJ Holmes and Amy Roback Make Up Like Teenagers on Miami Vacation.”
An ABC insider initially claimed Holmes and Robach would not face disciplinary action over their case, but the couple has since downplayed the scandal, which aired on Dec. 2, calling it a “great week.” By the following Monday, ABC News president Kim Godwin told staff that the “distractions” had grown too much, and she said, “While we figure this out ‘ pulled them off the air.
Almost a month later they are off the air. ABC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Until Robach becomes tabloid fodder, ABC News anchor broadcasts story that Disney-owned network executives would have exposed late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein three years ago was probably best known as being hit by a hot mic who claimed to have rejected the . Reported. At the time, ABC News downplayed the importance of the video, telling Fox News Digital that Epstein’s story was unsuitable for broadcast.
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Goldberg is another source of headaches within the Mousehouse. Because the “The View” co-host showed little remorse for her past rhetoric that got her in hot water.
Last year, Goldberg went viral when he claimed the Holocaust was “not about race,” surprising a colleague at the table. ‘Sister Act’ star says Jews and Nazis are both ‘white groups’ so estimated 6 million Jews systematically murdered are about ‘human inhumanity against humans’ claimed.
ABC News suspended Goldberg for two weeks, but ten months later she appeared to double down in an interview with British media outlet The Sunday Times. Goldberg also claimed that the Nazis targeted people of African descent in addition to Jews. Because they were physically different. Holocaust era.
“You couldn’t talk to Jews on the street. You could find me. You couldn’t find them. That was the point I was making,” Goldberg said. . “But you thought I took the big old smelly trash on the table with my butt bare.”
Despite her defiance, she apologized again when her comments sparked bipartisan outrage.
As for Tejera, the sudden death of a 37-year-old producer and family man from a heart attack is more tragedy than scandal. But another ABC News-related tabloid nightmare saw his wife arrested after leaving their two children, ages 5 months and 2, in a New York City hotel room the night she collapsed outside. A high-class steak house that surfaced in the news that it was.
“I pointed two cameras at the sleeping children and watched them closely while I was away from them. The girls were unharmed, but I realized it was a bad decision. ‘, Tejera told the New York Post.
She is scheduled to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court on Jan. 12, according to the Post.
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In a network-grabbing drama, ABC News legend Barbara Walters died last week at the age of 93.
“The passing of Barbara Walters, believe it or not, is a reminder that ABC News was once the gold standard for TV news. Diane Sawyer alone, she’s 77 and barely airs anymore. hmm,” an insider told Fox News Digital.
In 2014, ABC News dedicated its headquarters to Walters, named the landmark at 47 West 66th Street the “Barbara Walters Building,” and held a lavish ceremony directed by Disney CEO Bob Iger. In another sign that the situation has changed dramatically over the past few years, the building is expected to be subsequently sold, demolished and converted into luxury condominiums.
Gone is ABC News, famous for its “killer row” of superstar talent assembled by the late Loon Arledge. Walters, Peter Jennings and David Brinkley have died. Ted Koppel resigned in 2005 after disagreeing with Disney about the future of “Nightline”. Mostly left behind after the relationship, the 77-year-old now only appears on television for a few hours a year.
The current group of George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts, respected in the industry, has been overshadowed by the likes of Roback, Holmes and Goldberg in recent weeks.
Fox News’ Yael Halon contributed to this report.
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