Fans of two of the presenters, who stepped in to cover for TJ Holmes and Amy Robach after being taken off the air, want them to permanently replace the ousted stars.
Holmes, 45, and Robach, 50, left their roles at ABC News in January, including co-anchoring GMA3: Everything you need to know– and in the case of Robach too 20/20— When it was revealed that they had started a romantic relationship.
Images of the couple snogging on a romantic getaway and in a New York bar hit media in November 2022. They were quickly taken off the air pending an internal investigation.
A number of stand-ins stepped in to host the show, including Rhiannon Ally, DeMarco Morgan and Gio Benitez. ABC News boss Kim Godwin vowed to announce Holmes and Robach’s permanent replacements soon.
“I know this has been a distraction for so many of us, but let’s not forget all the great work that continues to make ABC News the #1 news network in America, and that’s because of you,” Godwin wrote in a memo staff at the end of January.
However, it seems fans are keen to pin Benitez, 37, and Ally, 42, as their preferred choices for permanent hosts. The presenters’ Instagram posts have been inundated with fans expressing their desire to see them on their TVs full-time.
In a post by Benitez about the relationship between less social media and improved mental health, one of his followers wrote, “I hope you become the permanent host of the show!”
Another added: “Gio I was so upset when they removed Amy & TJ but you are an AMAZING host and I LOVE seeing you on GMA 3!! You are so positive and charismatic and it’s contagious! You are very engaging and engaging!! You MUST be the permanent male host!!”
A third fan commented: “I like this team. I hope you stay Gio.”
On Ally’s Instagram, she posted a vacation photo with her friend, singer-songwriter and stage actress Shoshana Bean. Ally told fans she took the week off to spend time with her kids who weren’t at school.
“I hope you get the job permanently for GMA3!!!! You’re doing a great job,” one of Ally’s followers wrote to her.
A second wrote: “You are a great hostess. Smart, serious, funny, the best laugh. Light. goodness through and through. And beautiful.”
A third wrote: “You are so entertaining – yes I agree you fit the show perfectly – beautiful, smart and full of personality!!”
The permanent hosts of GMA3 have not yet been announced. Holmes and Robach have made no announcement as to what their next move is. Instead, they jet off to exotic locations to enjoy their beloved vacations.
The couple have been spotted on public displays of affection (PDA) during their getaways to Los Angeles and Mexico.
The couple headed to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a romantic Valentine’s Day vacation. Holmes and Robach were spotted kissing by the pool, snuggling up over a pint and holding hands.
In December, Holmes and his wife, Marilee Fiebig, filed for divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage. They are parents to 10-year-old Sabine and Holmes is the father of Brianna and Jaiden with his first wife Amy Ferson.
Robach was married to Tim McIntosh from 1996 to 2009, and she got married Melrose Square Star Andrew Shue, 56, in 2010.
She shares daughters Ava, 20, and Annie, 17, with McIntosh.