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ROBIN Roberts, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott are demanding pay rises — leaving Good Morning America in crisis mode.
Viewers of the number one-rated morning news program were shocked on Monday, when beloved weatherman Sam Champion announced that he was leaving ABC for The Weather Channel, which is owned by NBC Universal.
And George Stephanopoulos wants to replace Diane Sawyer on World News.
“Robin will definitely be getting a huge pay raise, she is the glue that holds the team together,” a show insider told RadarOnline.
“Viewers love her and are emotionally invested with Robin from her breast cancer battle to bone marrow transplant last year — there is no way ABC is going to let Robin get away.”
Stephanopoulos’ contract expires next month and he “has made no secret that he no longer wants to do morning television,” said the source.
“George wants to replace Diane Sawyer when she decides to hang it up, but who knows when that will be? His strengths are doing hard news, and has been extremely successful as the host of the ABC’s Sunday morning show, This Week.
“However, viewers also love George on GMA, and the news division doesn’t want to rock the boat with replacing him on the show. A huge portion of George’s contract talks will involve guarantees that he be the heir apparent to replace Diane.”
Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott‘s contracts “are also being negotiated,” according to the insider.
“Josh’s reps have reached out to NBC Sports to determine if there is any interest there. He started at ESPN, and would love to have the opportunity to go back to his roots. NBC is appealing to Josh because the Peacock network has the broadcasting rights to the upcoming winter & summer Olympics. Lara just wants more money, period. She isn’t anxious to leave,” the source added.