You read it here first on RadarOnline.com: Just like we reported last Sunday — and ABC vigilantly denied — journalist Chris Cuomo said on Thursday that just like Diane Sawyer, he is leaving Good Morning America this Friday.
Cuomo was rumored to be upset by the network’s apparent decision to give Sawyer’s main anchor job on GMA to This Week host George Stephanopolos, although that official announcement has yet to be made.
At one point, there were reports that NBC News was courting Cuomo to join its prime time news program Dateline, but like Sawyer (who’s leaving GMA to anchor ABC’s World News for the retiring Charlie Gibson) Cuomo isn’t leaving the ABC News family – he’ll be joining the network’s acclaimed prime time news program, 20/20.
“I thank all of you,” he said. “Now, I have been asked to anchor ’20/20′ with my friend, the great Elizabeth Vargas, and also to cover breaking news and get answers for all the shows on the network. It is a dream job for a journalist like me, but it was also a very difficult decision, because I am leaving a special place and crew and all of you and you are all part of my family.
“The good news is you never really leave family,” he said in an emotional statement that elicited cheers from his colleagues.
There’s widespread speculation that ABC News correspondent JuJu Chang will replace Cuomo as newsreader on GMA.