Inside GMA3’s TJ Holmes and Amy Robach’s ‘firing’ as ABC gives shamed hosts the boot over ‘affair’ scandal
GOOD Morning America hosts TJ Holmes and Amy Robach have been “fired” from the morning show,.
On Friday it was reported TJ and Amy were let go after an “extremely contentious” mediation session with ABC in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Several sources have told The U.S. Sun exclusively that an official announcement from the network is “imminent” despite ongoing talks with ABC, and may be released as soon as Friday.
Amy, 49, and TJ, 45, were allegedly involved in an affair since at least last summer, and the news of the scandal first broke in November.
The GMA3 hosts have been off the air since their affair was made public, and the decision on whether or not they would come back turned out to be a long and grueling process.
According to TMZ, both TJ and Amy will receive payouts, per their contracts.
An insider told The U.S. Sun that while talks are ongoing, the pair will be leaving the morning show.
Several sources have told The U.S. Sun that settlement talks between Amy and TJ and ABC lawyers and executives are ongoing, but they claim it’s apparent the outcome is that the coupled-up co-hosts are out at the network.
One well-placed source said: “Mediation has gone terribly, it has been really contentious and it’s clear ABC has painted a picture with allegations against both Amy & TJ which they simply do not agree with.
“They are unofficially out right now since the talks are ongoing as we speak. The talks are focusing on the exit now. We are hopeful there will be an official announcement later today.”
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A second insider confirmed that the “discussions and negotiations are still ongoing,” and added, “We are not ruling out an official announcement today, it’s still early in LA!”
As The U.S. Sun previously reported Amy and TJ are in Los Angeles where their attorneys’ are located for the tense discussions.
As The U.S. Sun exclusively reported earlier this week, the mediation talks weren’t expected to resolve amicably.
Back In November, the TV stars were caught on PDA filled-dates and had been allegedly having an affair for six months at that point.
Both TJ and Amy were married to other people at the time.
In pictures obtained by Daily Mail, Amy and TJ looked intimate while having a drink at a bar in New York City on November 10.
They were also caught apparently spending time together at each other’s apartments in Manhattan.
A source told the outlet at the time: “They were totally into each other. She was giggling at whatever he was saying, and they were looking at each other’s phones.
“At one point she was kind of dancing in her chair to the music and laughing so hard she practically fell into his lap.”
After leaving the bar, Amy and TJ reportedly stood about 20 feet apart on the sidewalk as he called an Uber.
The pair then allegedly went to TJ’s downtown apartment.
The next day, the publication claimed TJ spent the morning filming before having lunch at a restaurant near Amy’s apartment.
The pair – who began anchoring GMA3 in 2020 – reportedly headed to upstate New York on November 11 for a weekend getaway at a cottage two weeks before Thanksgiving.
They reportedly drove two hours north of the city to Shawangunk Mountains, where they stayed at a charming stone cottage near Minnewaska State Park.
In shocking photos, TJ was seen affectionately patting Amy’s butt as she leaned into her car boot to grab their duffel bags.
They did not spend Thanksgiving together, but reunited after the holiday on November 23, when they were spotted going to each other’s apartments in Manhattan.
Another insider told Daily Mail: “Everyone knows that Amy and T.J. have been close friends for a long time now, running together and even socializing as a foursome with each other’s spouses.”
The insider claimed Amy and TJ’s alleged affair started in June, if not sooner.
They claimed it was “when they were in London together filming the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for ABC and staff were all over each other and staff were buzzing about the intimacy between them.”
LIFE BEFORE AFFAIR
TJ married Marilee Fiebig, 44, in 2010 and they share one child together named Sabine, 10.
He also has two children from his previous marriage with Amy Ferson- Jaidan and Brianna.
TJ and Amy got divorced in 2007.
The dad-of-three and Marilee reportedly split up last August.
Meanwhile, Amy was first married to Tim McIntosh from 1996 to 2009.
She has two children with Tim – Ava, 19, and Annie, 16.
Amy then married Andrew Shue, 55, in 2010, after she split with Tim.
Her and Andrew do not have any children together, but she did have step-children.
She also reportedly parted ways with Andrew the same month as TJ and Marilee.
TJ and Amy have since both filed for divorce from their respective spouses.
Just days after their affair was made public, TJ and Amy were taken off of the air.
Stephanie Ramos, Gio Benitez, Dr Jennifer Ashton, Janai Norman, and DeMarco Morgan have carried the show since their departures.
“There is massive confusion internally,” a source told Daily Mail at the time.
“ABC News executive Kim [Godwin] has taken them off the air while they deal with this.”
However, it is not clear who will permanently replace the hosts now following their reported exits.
The GMA3 co-hosts recently brought on two high-powered attorneys as they deal with the network.
On the heels of the co-hosts hiring the lawyers, a close source said: “It certainly sounds like they are out.
“The couple believes there is no scandal, these are two consenting adults, and had they been put back on air over the holidays, this would all be behind them by now, and nobody would care.”
In a call to staffers in early December, the ABC News President said: “After a lot of thought, I am taking Amy and TJ off the air as we figure this out.”
The ABC exec went on to say TJ and Amy’s relationship was “not a violation of company policy,” and that the decision to take them out of their anchor chairs was necessary for the “GMA brand as a whole.”
Amy hired powerhouse attorney Andrew Brettler, while TJ hired Eric George.
“Amy and TJ are hopeful to be able to resolve this on favorable and agreeable terms, but if they feel like they aren’t being treated fairly, ABC is going to get sued,” one insider claimed at the time.
“ABC bungled this investigation. They have exposure, and Amy and TJ will get compensated.”
The insider added that the GMA3 co-hosts believe the outcome of ABC’s drawn-out investigation really doesn’t matter.
“Disney is looking to substantiate their conduct to date, and that’s not credible.
“TJ and Amy aren’t going to buy into bad results and at this point, no one believes ABC will turn around and say ‘We did an investigation and there’s no wrong-doing here,’ they’re just not going to do that.”
Another source familiar with the talks claimed: “ABC manufactured a scandal, and by keeping them off the air and making this so mysterious, they’ve made it so much worse.”
A source also told The U.S. Sun: “Amy and TJ are hopeful to be able to resolve this on favorable and agreeable terms, but if they feel like they aren’t being treated fairly, ABC is going to get sued.”
Another claimed that the couple is working as a united front for their exit settlements.
Amy and TJ’s affair drama allegedly caused “low morale” at ABC.
Page Six revealed that the ongoing investigation of the former hosts was a major distraction and headache for ABC employees.
Insiders claimed they were losing patience with the boss, Kim, and how she handled it.
Kim defended herself, however, and told the outlet that she took them off the air because their affair became an “internal and external distraction.”
Before the cheating scandal between TJ and Amy came to light, he allegedly had affairs with other ABC colleagues.
Just days after the co-hosts affair was made public, the Daily Mail reported that he had a three-year affair with his married co-worker, Natasha Singh.
Amy and the former GMA producer were allegedly friends.
Their affair began in 2016 when Natasha was married to movie producer Garrett Braren.
The two have since split.
That affair reportedly lasted three years, until 2019 – despite Natasha’s departure from GMA and subsequent move to CBS in 2017.
TJ was allegedly able to salvage his marriage to his wife during that time.
The following month, another report came out that TJ had an affair with a much younger intern.
ABC script coordinator Jasmin Pettaway’s alleged affair with TJ was said to have begun with sex in his office when the then-24-year-old reached out to him for career mentorship, a source claimed to Daily Mail.
In a shocking interview with with the publication, a source claimed that Jasmin and TJ had an affair in 2015, just five years into his marriage to Marilee.
The source, who knew Jasmin well at the time, says the sexual relationship left her “confused” and uncomfortable.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the insider claimed: “He was a predator who took full advantage of his position, and he was reckless.
“It was Jasmin’s first real job in television, and it was a big deal for her.
“She was looking for a mentor and she reached out to several people. TJ was someone who was responsive, but he absolutely abused the position of trust.”
At the time, Jasmin was on the same shifts as TJ, who is 13 years older than her.
Their affair allegedly continued for several months and included a visit to the broadcaster’s apartment before it “fizzled out.”
Jasmin, who now lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, has since slammed ABC’s “’toxic work environment” and claimed it “really damaged my self-esteem” in an interview with Voyage Ohio in 2021.
A source told The U.S. Sun that Amy felt blindsided by these claims, and feels like she is “collateral damage” in the scandal.
Earlier this month, she was seen leaving New York by herself at JFK airport.
Despite the past claims of TJ’s infidelity, Amy has stayed with him.
Since the stars have been outed as a couple, they have not tried to hide their relationship.
Back in December, a source told People Amy and TJ “are in love” and are moving forward with their relationship.
The insider explained: “They spent the holidays together and are spending all of their time together right now.
“They are fully in a relationship.
“They are not hiding anything at all because they have no reason to.”
Meanwhile, TJ and Amy packed on the PDA with public make-out sessions as they enjoyed a steamy getaway in Miami.
Amy and TJ could not keep their hands off each other as they locked lips on a pier.
The pair then continued their smoochfest as they went to grab a bite at a nearby seaside restaurant.
Also in December, Amy and TJ were spotted on a grocery run in Miami as they escaped New York together to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
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