Meet 'Good Morning America's Anchors' Spouses
Rivalries, stalkers, disease, oh my! These are just a few of the not-so-wonderful things that happen behind the scenes of America’s most popular morning show. Tune in to find out all the juicy drama that the nation’s favorite anchors go through.
Amy Robach married former 'Melrose Place' star, Andrew Shue, in 2010. The couple met in April 2009 at a book party and instantly fell in love. Both Shue, 42, and Robach, 37, were previously married and divorced. Shue has three sons with his ex-wife Jennifer Hageney, and Robach has two daughters with her ex-husband, Tim McIntosh.
"A lot of hard work," said Robach about how they make their marriage work. "I mean, we had the foundation of extreme passion and respect for one another, and then yes, life gets hard, and five kids and ex-spouses and jobs that take us in different directions. It's trying, but we work hard at it."
Apparently, Robach needs a little more "hard work" on the show, though! In August 2016, she found herself in hot water when she used the racial slur "colored people," while reporting on the controversy over casting actress Zendaya to play Mary Jane in 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Robach apologized later that day, calling it a "mistake." She told The Associated Press that she meant to say "people of color" and that what she said was "not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life."
But that's not the only drama for Robach! According to TMZ, Lara Spencer, and Amy Robach "hate" each other and "can't hide their contempt." Reportedly, the senior vice president of ABC News, James Goldston, confronted Robach, calling her "toxic" for creating on-set tension.
In 2014, Robin Roberts came out as gay in a Facebook post. The 'Good Morning America' host went on to reveal she was dating Amber Laign. "We met on a blind date. It will be nine years in July," Roberts said in 2014. Laign was at her side when Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome.
Roberts said waiting to come out had a lot to do with protecting her girlfriend's privacy. "News flash: Some people like their anonymity," she said. "This is what's right for me. Love is love, and I'm grateful to have that. Sometimes there's a stigma attached to how people view you if you're living a certain way.
But I don't care; you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can't get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter. You don't go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices."
Laign is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in working with people recovering from injuries. Laign studied massage therapy at The Swedish Institute of Health Sciences for a year in 2008. She specializes in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point.
Myelodysplastic syndrome wasn't the only hardship Roberts faced - a 43-year-old man named Troy Warren went to the 'Good Morning America' studios and threatened Roberts! Warren reportedly told GMA's security director that the co-host owed him money, saying, "When I see her, I'm going to punch her in the face." He was arrested on the scene. According to Page Six, Warren visited the studio eight times between June 10 and June 24 that year.
George Stephanopoulos, the anchor and former advisor to President Clinton, is married to comedian and actress Ali Wentworth. They were initially set up by a mutual friend.
''You know how when you go on a date and the first 15 minutes are on automatic pilot?'' Stephanopoulos told the New York Times about their first date. "About 15 minutes in, she just leaned in and said something, and we were suddenly in another place, in another universe, immediately. We went from strangers to friends to being in love in days."
After just two months of dating, they got engaged. They tied the knot on November 20, 2001, and have two daughters together, Elliott and Harper. In 2012, Wentworth said:: "We've been married ten years, and we have two kids. I'm telling you, my heart skips a beat when he walks in the door."
In May 2015, Stephanopoulos admitted to donations totaling $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation since 2011. It was feared Stephanopoulos would suffer the same fate as NBC rival Brian Williams, who was suspended earlier that year for exaggerating past reporting.
Stephanopoulos apologized twice on air — first on 'Good Morning America,' and then on his Sunday political program 'This Week.'
"Even though I made [the donations] to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children, and protect the environment in poor countries, I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict," Stephanopoulos said on GMA. "I apologize to all of you for failing to do that."
The 'Good Morning America' co-anchor and former NFL star has been divorced twice. He was first married to Wanda Hutchins between 1992 and 1996. He then married Jean Muggli, which lasted for seven years. The pair separated in 2006 after a messy, highly publicized court battle. The anchor was also engaged to Nicole Murphy in 2009. Unfortunately, the couple broke it off, and sources claimed their relationship was "complicated."
"They have been on and off for two years. There have been a lot of ups and downs and back and forth. Sometimes they were together, sometimes they were not," revealed a source at the time.
Strahan and Hutchins have two children together, a daughter, Tanita Strahan, born in 1992, and son, Michael Anthony Strahan, Jr., born in 1995. He also has two children with his second wife, Muggli, twin daughters who were born in 2004.
Strahan's relationships aren't the only complications in his life. His acrimonious departure from Live! with Kelly and Michael to work for 'Good Morning America' in 2016 was mishandled from the beginning.
Co-host Kelly Ripa reportedly felt so blindsided by news of Strahan's departure — finding out right before the rest of the world — that she immediately left, leaving her partner high and dry to announce his exit on the air without her. When she returned to work, Ripa delivered a now-famous opening monologue about "respect in the workplace."
The weeks that followed were mostly awkward moments. During one episode, Ripa made a joke about contract negotiations, and in another, she brought up Strahan's highly-publicized divorces, much to his uncomfortable surprise.
Ripa ultimately wished Strahan a fond farewell on his last day. "We are so, so proud of you," she said. "We achieved so much together, and I look forward to watching you every morning and seeing what else you achieve."
His time on 'Good Morning America' has been filled with nastiness, also. A homeless man dropped by the GMA studio and threatened to stab Strahan with a knife. And, in September 2017, a report from Page Six alleged that Strahan refused to cut his holiday short when Hurricane Harvey devastated his hometown, Houston.
"ABC News asked Strahan to come home from his vacation. He's from Houston. But he refused and is still floating around on a yacht in Greece somewhere. ABC is really upset with him," claimed one source. Another alleged the network "just cannot believe he didn't come back."
The 'Good Morning America' co-host and tech entrepreneur met Rick McVey after a mutual friend set them up, and their first date was a blind date. Spencer first dated McVey for three and a half years. McVey, who is the founder, chairman, and CEO of MarketAxess, popped the question in January 2018.
They tied the knot later that year in an outdoor ceremony in Vail, Colorado, with 135 friends and family members in attendance. They were both married before. Spencer has two teenage children, daughter Katharine and son Duff, with ex-husband David Haffenreffer and McVey has three grown daughters with his ex.
Signs of tension on the GMA set leaked in 2014 when ABC allegedly buried news of Spencer's promotion in an internal memo. The network allegedly gave Spencer a title bump to keep her happy after her colleague (and rumored rival), Amy Robach, was promoted a few weeks prior.
The network supposedly couldn't make a big deal out of it because "[Robin Rberts] can be quite a diva, and GMA didn't want to ruffle her feathers," TMZ reported. That could explain why the memo referred to Roberts as "the captain of our team."
'Good Morning America' meteorologist Ginger Zee is married to media personality Ben Aaron. Aaron is a reporter for NBC's 'New York Live.' He is known for his big personality and goofy on-screen antics. They have two children, Adrian, 2, and Miles, three months.
Aaron was reportedly a headache for producers when Zee competed on 'Dancing with the Stars.' "He has been telling the DWTS producers how to write and film the video packages that air before each of his wife's performances," sources claimed. "Naturally, he thinks he should be in each video."
Things allegedly got so bad that producers told Zee to "get [Aaron] to back off." Aaron began receiving much less camera time and no longer sat in the best seats in the front row, but to the sides.
Hartman was the original male co-host of the show since November 1975. During his time as co-host, GMA became the highest-rated morning news program on network television. Hartman grew so loved by the community and viewers, that he developed his signature sign off: "Make it a good day today." He served as co-host for 11 years.
On GMA's 30th anniversary, Hartman explained:"My daily sign-off line, 'Make it a good day today,' reflected 'GMA's' values and the belief that each of us can affect our lives in a positive way, that our program was, we hoped, a public service."
David married Maureen Downey in 1974. They were together until she passed away in 1997. In 2001, Hartman found love again and married a widowed homemaker, Mary Clark Putman. The ex-host has four children from his previous marriage.
Lunden married Michael A. Krauss in 1978, which ultimately ended in divorce in 1992. The former couple has three daughters - Jamie Beryl Krauss, Lindsay Leigh Krauss, and Sarah Emily Krauss. In 2000, Lunden married the owner of Camp Takajo, Jeff Konigsberg. They have four children together - two sets of twins (Jack, Kim, Kate, and Mac).
For over 15 years, Lunden, alongside co-anchor Charlie Gibson, helped make 'Good Morning America' the most beloved among the morning lineup. However, when ratings began to drop in the late '90s, Lunden announced that she was leaving the show and would be replaced by the younger Lisa McRee. According to Lunden, her departure was due to her wanting to spend more time with her kids.
However, that was far from the truth. ABC, although never admitting it, had their agenda. The ex-host pointed out that her age was a factor: "The words are, 'We've decided to make a change on the show,' and so they found a 30-year-old version of me," Lunden said.
Speaking of Lunden's unfortunate fate with GMA, Gibson was affected by it as well. Hosting alongside Joan since 1985, Kevin Newman replaced Gibson in 1997. After their departure, GMA began losing viewers slowly to NBC's 'Today Show.'
"By the way, it was not just me," Lunden said, "It was Charlie and me. They replaced both of us with kind of, you know, a 30-year-old version of each of us, and it didn't work."
With the number of issues these hosts have endured and their resilience to it, we have to say these guys definitely deserve some credit. No matter how tumultuous things become, they always host the morning talk show with big smiles on their faces, entertaining everyone around them. Would you agree? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!