Diane Sawyer scored the exclusive for a hotly anticipated, hard-hitting episode of '20/20,' which revealed for the first time exactly what happened on that heated February night when Rihanna's then-boyfriend Brown struck her, and why Rihanna briefly returned to him.
In the ratings-busting segment of '20/20,' a still-shaken Rihanna recounted in detail how an otherwise uproarious night quickly turned into a nightmare after she spotted a questionable text from Brown's cell phone. The picture-perfect pop star was clearly broken by the event, and it was moving, and humbling, to watch her in the seat opposite Sawyer confessing, "I just wanted it to stop."
|She was great||140 (23.9%)|
|She should have stayed with Good Morning America||56 (9.6%)|
|I watch Katie Couric||24 (4.1%)|
|I watch Brian Williams||94 (16.0%)|
|Who watches network news?!?||272 (46.4%)|
Unlike when Katie Couric took over the anchor desk for CBS Evening News, Sawyer's debut was low key and uneventful. She wore a dark suit with a white top and white earrings. She made the most of her conversational style by chatting with correspondents George Stephanopoulos, Dan Harris, David Muir and others reporting on various news items.
Sure, it's a battle for second place (the multi-talented and funny Brian Williams is a consistent winner with 'NBC Nightly News', one of the few bright spots in NBC's schedule). But it's one that has the potential for major upheaval (Couric's contract is up in 2011). So, who will win? Right now, odds are in Sawyer's favor -- and here's why.t now, odds are in Sawyer's favor -- and here's why.
And, in such a relatively short period of time, the news landscape has changed on both the broadcast and the cable fronts, including the fact that on Monday, when Diane Sawyer takes over ABC's World News, he'll be the only male evening news anchor left.
Williams (or as he's been called lately, BriWi) was nice enough to answer some questions via e-mail about his new competition and how he lets his famous sense of humor come through during a serious newscast. Finally, he gives me some insight into what he's listening to right now (if you've seen previous interviews with him, he leans more towards the college radio side).
Sawyer's final appearance as co-host of 'Good Morning America' was a touching send-off for the legendary anchorwoman, who leaves the show to take over the reins of the network's primetime news platform, 'World News.' Stepping in next week to fill her chair is political wonk George Stephanopoulos, whose appointment ends weeks of speculation about the future of the show.
Sawyer has been a fixture on 'GMA' for the past 10 years and served as news anchor for more than 2,800 shows. Her stint on 'World News' begins Dec. 21.
Watch the video after the jump.
As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has finally confirmed what we've been telling you for weeks, appointing Stephanopoulos to the chair that Sawyer has filled for the last ten years. Stephanopoulos, a former presidential adviser who most recently has been seen as host of the Sunday political forum 'This Week With George Stephanopoulos,' will begin co-hosting 'Good Morning America' alongside Robin Roberts beginning on Monday.
According to the AP, Cuomo is leaving his morning post and heading over to '20/20,' where he will co-host with Elizabeth Vargas.
This may finally complete the shuffling over at 'GMA,' which, as we reported earlier this week, has Diane Sawyer leaving her spot to take over 'World News.' ABC executives are expected to announce Sawyer's official replacement, George Stephanopoulos, this afternoon, according to the NY Daily News.
The Emmy Award-winning Chang, who has previously served as a correspondent for ABC News' '20/20,' 'Good Morning America' and 'Nightline,' will replace former newsreader Chris Cuomo on the morning show.
Now it's official: On this morning's broadcast of 'Good Morning America,' co-host Diane Sawyer confirmed what industry wags had predicted all along: she'll leave 'GMA' at the end of this week in preparation for taking over for Charles Gibson, who leaves 'World News' on Dec. 18.
Sawyer will begin anchoring 'World News' Dec. 21, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
With Sawyer's departure from 'GMA,' there's a seat on that program left to be filled -- and late last week we reported that George Stephanopoulos, ABC News' chief Washington correspondent and longtime host of the Sunday morning news program 'This Week', has been offered the gig, although no official word has been made.
If confirmed, this will also leave a hole in 'This Week' to be filled, perhaps by Robin Roberts, next year.
"I was wrong for what I did," Brown said, who watched and reacted to clips of Rihanna's interview with Diane Sawyer last month. "I would definitely say that it's not something I look past or look over."
Watch the video after the jump.
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.
He hasn't take the job yet, but if he does he will replace Diane Sawyer, who we told you was going to take over for Charles Gibson when he vacates the anchor chair on World News. Gibson's last day will be Friday, December 18 and Sawyer's first day will be on Monday, December 21.
Part of the negotiations between Stephanopolous and the network revolve around the Sunday morning show he does now, This Week. He wants to keep that gig too while he works Monday through Friday on GMA. If he decides not to take the job for some reason, then current host Chris Cuomo could get the job (it must be odd to be the second choice even though you've done the exact job for a while). Whoever gets the spot will be co-host along with Robin Roberts.
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