Tony Perkins Leaving ‘GMA’

Oct 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Tony Perkins is leaving ABC’s “Good Morning America” after seven years to return to his hometown of Washington as weekday weathercaster at Fox-owned WTTG-TV, where Mr. Perkins worked before moving to New York and “GMA.” Mr. Perkins will leave the ABC morning show Dec. 2, according to an e-mail he wrote to “GMA” colleagues Wednesday morning.

“We’ve asked Tony to stay with ‘GMA’ through the end of November so that he can participate in our 30th anniversary celebrations. He has generously agreed,” “GMA” executive producer Ben Sherwood said in his own e-mail to the staff. “When he signs off of GMA on Dec. 2, Tony will have been part of the ABC News family for more than 1,750 broadcasts, 3,500 hours of morning television and countless tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards.”

“Tony is one of a kind, a great communicator with a great personality who just happens to be an expert in hurricanes and humor. We are thrilled that he is rejoining our award-winning team at Fox 5 News,” WTTG News VP Katherine Green said in her announcement of the hire, which was expected.

Mr. Perkins joined WTTG’s “Fox Morning News” show in 1993 as the weather personality and was a co-anchor from 1998 to 1999.

There was no word from “GMA” about a timetable for naming a successor to Mr. Perkins.