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George Stephanopoulos to Replace Diane Sawyer on 'Good Morning America'? (We Called It!)

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 3rd 2009 5:18PM
Former presidential adviser George Stephanopoulos is about to get a promotion to the big chair. At 'Good Morning America,' that is.

According to The Washington Post, Stephanopoulos, who did a dry run on the show back on October as a try-out, has been offered the anchor job on ABC's 'Good Morning America,' which is being vacated by Diane Sawyer on December 18. Sawyer, who herself is moving up to replace Charles Gibson as host of 'ABC's World News,' has co-anchored the show for the past ten years.Former presidential adviser George Stephanopoulos is about to get a promotion to the big chair. At 'Good Morning America,' that is.

According to The Washington Post, Stephanopoulos, who did a dry run on the show back on October as a try-out, has been offered the anchor job on ABC's 'Good Morning America,' which is being vacated by Diane Sawyer on December 18. Sawyer, who herself is moving up to replace Charles Gibson as host of 'ABC's World News,' has co-anchored the show for the past 10 years.

Though no deal has been announced, the move should come as no surprise to our readers, as we predicted Stephanopoulos would be the pick as early as October 26. Luckily, the powers that be at ABC agreed with our opinion that Stephanopoulos was "less stiff" than competitor Chris Cuomo.

Okay, that may not seem like the most ringing endorsement, but in many ways Stephanopoulos has been training for this since he left the White House back in 1997. Since joining ABC at the beginning of this decade, the former adviser to Bill Clinton has appeared in numerous capacities for the network's news division, eventually being named Chief Washington Correspondent in 2005 and host of their weekly political show, Sunday's 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos.'

As we previously reported, Gibson allegedly wanted Stephanopoulos to succeed his 'GMA' chair back in 2006, and was more than unhappy when he found out that it went to Sawyer instead.

If the deal is finalized as expected, Stephanopoulos will join Robin Roberts as co host; the former ESPN 'Sportscenter' anchor has co-hosted 'Good Morning America' since 2005, following a decade on the show as a featured reporter.

From EPSN to 'Good Morning America?' Now, that one even we couldn't have predicted.

Watch George Stephanopoulos on 'This Week'

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