EXCLUSIVE: What you need to know! Disgusted staffers are urging ABC to fire married Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes from family show GMA over their clandestine affair – as the outed lovers fail to address the scandal during awkward return to show
- ABC is said to be scrambling to contain the PR nightmare brought by GMA co-hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes’s love affair
- DailyMail.com broke the story of the couple’s clandestine romance Wednesday and revealed the liaison has come at the expense of both co-host’s marriages
- Now dismayed ABC staffers believe they need to be let go to preserve the integrity of flagship morning show and its family values
- One insider told DailyMail.com: ‘Disney needs to step in and take action here. We’re a family friendly network and these two are not displaying [our] values’
- Robach and Holmes seemed to make matters worse by ignoring the drama and continuing to present the show as usual when they returned to the air Thursday
- Holmes, 45, has been married to wife Marilee Fiebig since 2010 – the same year Robach, 49, married actor husband Andrew Shue
Shocked ABC insiders have called for GMA3 co-hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes to be fired following the revelation that their on-screen chemistry and famed friendship has ‘crossed the line’ into a full-blown affair.
DailyMail.com broke the story of the couple’s clandestine romance exclusively on Wednesday and revealed that the liaison has come at the expense of both co-host’s marriages.
Now, network insiders have called for Bob Iger, Chief Executive Officer of ABC’s parent company, Disney, to ‘intervene.’
One insider told DailyMail.com: ‘Disney needs to step in and take action here. We’re a family friendly network and these two are not displaying family values or Disney’s values.’
Staff at ABC have called for GMA3 co-hosts T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach to be fired from the show after their clandestine affair was revealed
A series exclusive DailyMail.com photos published on Wednesday revealed their intimate relationship, with the pair seen going on dates around the city and traveling to and from each other’s homes throughout the month of November
Amy Robach, 49, made an awkward return to GMA3 on Thursday taking her usual seat – between her co-star lover T.J. Holmes and correspondent Jennifer Ashton – and presenting the lunchtime program without mentioning her absence yesterday
They added: ‘Bob Iger needs to intervene and terminate them both. He should also be asking Kim Godwin [President of ABC News] how this was allowed to happen on her watch.’
Godwin has not yet made any official comment about the relationship but DailyMail.com has been told that she was not aware of it.
When DailyMail.com first contacted ABC for comment we were told that Holmes ‘adamantly denied’ the relationship.
Only once our explosive pictures were published did it seem to become clear to him that ‘deny, deny, deny’ was not a strategy that was going to work.
Hours later Holmes was seen hosting the show’s lunchtime segment alone.
It is not known whether this was always the plan or whether the network – now scrambling to come up with a damage control strategy – hastily reshot the show. But he appeared uncomfortable and on edge.
Holmes was seen without his wedding ring for the first time on the show a day after his affair was revealed
The outed lovers presented the entire program without acknowledging their relationship or addressing the scandal
T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach are seen with ABC President Kim Godwin in an Instagram photo in March. Godwin has not yet made any official comment about the relationship but DailyMail.com has been told that she was not aware of it
The following day the pair seemed determined to brazen it out.
Appearing side by side once more along with resident medical expert Dr. Jennifer Ashton, they were the only people not talking about the headline making affair.
Indeed, neither Holmes, Robach nor ABC have made any public comment.
But speaking to DailyMail.com another ABC insider admitted that while the relationship was not a secret internally its public exposure had come as a shock.
They said: ‘We all knew. This was not a secret internally. We’re shocked that it has finally been made public though.’
It has been speculated that the couple’s relationship may well see them in breach of ABC’s ‘morality clause.’
The clause contained in their multimillion dollar contracts, and obtained by The Sun, requires talent to ‘act at all times with due regard to public morals and conventions.’
It also prohibits them from behaving in any way that could bring ‘public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule.’
Staff have been left furious and dismayed by the way the affair has disrupted the newsroom.
Added to the sense of dismay is the sadness many staff feel for Robach and Holmes’s spouses of 12 years, former Melrose Place actor Andrew Shue and attorney Marilee Fiebig.
One said: ‘Everyone loved Andrew at ABC and we felt so bad for him. He is Billy from Melrose Place for God’s sake, what the hell is Amy doing? And T.J. oh T.J. – there is so much more to his story.’
Up until now, Robach and Holmes’s friendship on and off screen was understood to be close but platonic ever since the two began anchoring GMA3 in 2020 and hit it off
Another ABC insider admitted that the relationship was not a secret internally but that its public exposure had come as a shock
Sources tell DailyMail.com that staff have been left furious and dismayed by the way the affair has disrupted the newsroom
The scandal has also reportedly disrupted production, as sources tell DailyMail.com Holmes was expected to fill-in for host Michael Strahan for GMA’s morning show Thursday but ABC later decided against it.
Later that day on GMA3, Robach returned to the show, taking her usual seat between her co-star lover and correspondent Jennifer Ashton, before jumping straight into the broadcast without discussing her mysterious absence from the previous day.
In an attempt to present a united front amid the scandal, the hosts started the show with small talk and then quickly moved onto news topics, not mentioning the relationship.
‘Who’s looking forward to the weekend?’ Holmes said nervously. ‘Ahhh, me!’ Robach said, prompting Holmes to reply: ‘Of course we are.’
The program carried on like normal for the remainder the hour, with Robach and Holmes even presenting one holiday baking segment together without Ashton.
The outed lovers made no effort to keep a distance during the bit, standing closely together and giggling with each other as they baked cookies with guest chef Caroline Schiff.
The couple’s brazen attempt to ignore the drama also took viewers by surprise on Twitter.
‘Raise your hand if you were as surprised as me to see both Amy & TJ on #GMA3 today? Amy did look uncomfortable!’ user Lina Russo said in a tweet.
‘So TJ Holmes & his work bae finna act like we ain’t see what we saw yesterday??’ added another.
One user also accused Holmes of hypocrisy for going ‘into hiding’ and refusing to address the scandal after he had slammed actor Will Smith for ‘staining’ the Oscars with his own misconduct earlier this year.
‘@GMA should force T.J. Holmes to talk about his OWN bulls**t like he did about Will and the Oscar ‘scandal’…..his a** went into hiding,’ user @bentleysaid tweeted.
Holmes, 45, has been married to attorney wife Marilee Fiebig, with whom he shares a daughter, since 2010
Robach and husband Andrew Shue also wed in 2010. His last appearance on his wife’s Instagram account was on July 30 when she posted from a holiday together in Greece
Thursday’s show also marked the first time that Holmes, 45, who has been married to lawyer wife Marilee Fiebig since 2010, was seen without his wedding ring on air.
DailyMail.com earlier revealed that Robach, who is married to actor Andrew Shue, has also not been wearing her ring in recent weeks.
Despite reports that Amy and Andrew have divorced, DailyMail.com has learned the couple has consulted with a mediator.
Shue, 55, has remained tight-lipped on the revelation that his estranged wife is in a relationship with Holmes, but has since taken down all his photos of Robach on social media.
Robach and Holmes made no secret of their blossoming friendship since they first hit it off as co-hosts of the popular morning show’s third hour in 2020.
But insiders told DailyMail.com T.J. and Amy’s friendship evolved in June this year, if not before, ‘when they were in London together filming the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for ABC and staff were buzzing about the intimacy between them.’
While T.J. and Amy initially seemed determined not to be seen together by standing 20 feet apart from each other, the two eventually came together as their ride arrived and headed to his apartment
The two co-anchors, whose on-screen chemistry has captivated audiences since they joined GMA’s third hour in 2020, were seen laughing and cozying up to each other at the pub after a morning of filming on November 10
Both journalists shut down their social media accounts shortly after the bombshell story was published, but neither have commented on their entanglement.
Prior to deactivating her Instagram on Wednesday it seemed Robach had already become aware of the public speculation concerning her marriage.
The TV star restricted comments on her posts after eagle-eyed users noticed her missing wedding ring in photos as well as her absent husband, who was last featured on her profile in August.