The natives are restless on ABC’s “GMA,” and at the center of it all is Michael Strahan, according to a report by The New York Post’s Page Six. The report quotes a source saying other “Good Morning America” talking heads are miffed about what they see as preferential treatment for Strahan by the network bosses.
“They roll out the carpet for [Strahan] while seasoned talent is treated like dirt. He’s been given a lot of opportunity, flexibility, when the others who have been working there longer don’t get that kind of treatment,” says a source quoted in the story.
Strahan is still the new kid in the lineup, having moved to “GMA” full time following an exit last spring from “Live with Kelly and Michael” that almost everyone agrees was poorly handled by the network. The longtime NFL pro spent almost four years co-hosting the chat show with Kelly Ripa.
“Strahan signed a special deal that allows him to continue to analyze football at ‘Fox NFL Sunday’ and host ABC’s ‘$100,000 Pyramid.’ But he was forced to drop most of his lucrative endorsement deals when he joined the morning show,” The Post reports.
The source is quoted in the Post story saying “GMA” pop anchor Lara Spencer “feels like her role has been minimized with Strahan. There’s not a lot of love between the two. They know how to put it on for the cameras, but he’s doing a lot of what Lara should be doing [on the show] and she’s not happy. She’s the pop person.”
The report also suggests that George Stephanopoulos appears to be losing interest in his “GMA” job, with the source saying: “He’s bored with the fluff. He goes into work, does the show and leaves by 8:57 a.m. He doesn’t interact. He’s been phoning it in for quite some time.”
The network’s version of the situation is quite different — click on the link above to The Post for quotes from an ABC News exec.