On the heels of a public apology over undisclosed political donations, ABC News fixture George Stephanopoulos has given up his job as moderator of a presidential debate, the AP reports.
“Stephanopoulos voluntarily stepped away from the Feb. 6 debate, ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley said Thursday. It is one of nine debates sanctioned by the Republican National Committee,” the report notes.
The story also provides a higher figure — $75,000 — for the amount Stephanopoulos has reportedly contributed to the Clinton Foundation over a three-year span. It was previously reported to be $50,000.
As we reported previously, Stephanopoulos, a co-host on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the host of the Sunday public affairs show “This Week,” has apologized for failing to notify viewers and his employer of the donations.
Stephanopoulos, who was a top aide in the Clinton administration, reportedly made three donations of $25,000 each, in 2012, 2013 and 2014, in support of the group’s work on global AIDS prevention and deforestation.