ABC News chief Kim Godwin slams Amy Robach, TJ Holmes case: ‘It’s a shame’
ABC News President Kim Godwin has been embroiled in a series of public relations scandals for her handling of the scandalous extramarital affair that put co-anchors Amy Robach and TJ Holmes front and center.
“It’s a shame that ABC News, with such a great history, is being led by someone so incompetent,” an insider told Fox News Digital.
“All you hear now about a once-mighty establishment is scandal after scandal after nasty sex scandal,” they continued. “Bob Iger needs to make a quick change and quit ABC News.”
Indeed, tabloid news consumers were inundated with sensational headlines painting ABC News in opposition to the parent company of the family-owned brand aspiring to become Disney. From their daily updates, reports of Robach and Holmes “kissing like teenagers” have flooded the tabloids.
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Robach and Holmes sat down for eight weeks as the network left fans wondering whether to bring them back to “GMA3,” the daytime extension of ABC’s flagship show “Good Morning America,” where they were together before their relationship began last year. .
Godwin initially said Holmes and Robach would not be punished for their affair, allowing the scandalous affair to air days after it was revealed. Holmes and Robach played down their relationship, even joking that it was a “good week.”
Godwin then flipped out and pulled Holmes and Robach off the air after a weekend of reflection, saying the “distraction” was too much. ABC News insiders said Disney’s involvement and the decision to replace Holmes and Robach was also rejected by Godwin.
Godwin then announced an internal investigation into the matter, but was tight-lipped about the findings. In addition, Holmes was accused of conducting additional business with other ABC News colleagues, including having sex with a subordinate in his office.
Holmes and Robach, who were “confused and upset” that ABC handled the situation on their own, have since hired a lawyer and may file a lawsuit if they are fired. But they didn’t leave anyone indifferent, as they posed with the boat during the suspension – which one insider called a Disney slap in the face. Holmes’ ex-wife, Marilee Fiebig, even made light of her soon-to-be ex-husband’s lack of common sense.
ABC News ended up with the tabloids for reasons other than Holmes’ infidelity. ABC News reported this week that Dax Tejera, the executive producer of George Stephanopoulos, died suddenly last month, and his widow, Veronica Tejera, was arrested hours later and charged with child endangerment after it was discovered that the couple left their two young children unattended in their hotel room. to his tragic death.
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A year ago, “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg was suspended by Godwin for arguing that the Holocaust was not “about race” because both Nazis and Jews were white during the debate, shocking even her liberal colleagues. Godwin called the comments “hurtful,” but Goldberg doubled down in an interview with Britain’s The Sunday Times 10 months later.
Due to the continued negative publicity, ABC anchors such as Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts caught the attention of Robach, Holmes and Goldberg.
Many believe that if Godwin had handled the fraud scandal properly, the fraud scandal would have ended, and Goldberg would not have repeated the holocaust words to the respected boss who ran Disney’s news department. .
Media insiders were surprised when Godwin was tapped to replace James Goldstone for the top job in 2021, as he came from CBS News, which has consistently trailed ABC News in the ratings department. The Pack’s Dylan Byers compared it to “asking the Blue Jays coach to manage the Yankees.”
“ABC News staff felt humiliated,” said the insider, who is now calling for change.
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On Friday, the New York Post reported that ABC News’ rank-and-file staff morale has plummeted, with an insider claiming that “morale is at an all-time low.”
ABC News declined a request for comment.
In addition to ABC News’ persistent bad press under Godwin, Byers reported last year that he “bored some of his staff with a sloppy style” that sometimes made it difficult to reach him when needed. Other staffers told Byers that Godwin’s “persistent effort to turn ABC News into the cheerleading organization of her alma mater, Florida A&M” has caused problems, as “Good Morning America” has strangely aired live since school returned in October.
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Byers, who predicted Godwin will one day serve on the university’s board of trustees, added that if the network continues to thrive in the ratings department, “internal discontent” over his leadership could be moot.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America” both ended the fourth quarter of 2022 with more viewers than their competing programs on NBC and CBS.
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