I gotta tella ya – I wasn’t going to bring this up but my morning routine has changed and I’m not very happy.
It isn’t every morning that I tune into Good Morning America, but frequently I flip to that show while I’m drinking my coffee and checking Twitter or glancing at the morning’s paper. It was comforting to know that whenever I wanted, I could listen to the banter of Diane, Robin, Chris, and Sam as they went through their morning telling me about the latest developments around the world and maybe offering up a recipe or two. In between all the seriousness of reporting, there would be some fabulous banter between Sam as he tried to do his weather reporting without breaking into that marvelous laugh of his and the always one ad-lib-away-from-totally-cracking-up Chris as they joked back and forth across the set.
Those days are now gone. My morning has changed. And, frankly, I’m not feeling the love from the new crew of Good Morning America. Oh I love Sam Champion and I still enjoy Robin, but whose bright idea was it anyway to replace Diane with George Snuffalupagus? He’s far too stuffy and belongs on the nightly news. Every time I see him I want to muss up his oh-so-perfect hair. And Juju as our news reader? C’mon who names their child Juju? Juju is what you name the latest Panda baby at the zoo in Washington DC, not someone you have to take serious as she reads the headlines.
It’s just not the same. And to top it off this Friday I have to say goodbye to Charlie Gibson (whom Diane replaces). It’s simply too much for me. Goodbye to Charlie…the guy who has spent so much time with me in my family room night after night and who used to be with me in the mornings at GMA? My Charlie??
I’m just not happy – I want Chris and Diane back where they belong and I want Charlie to stay on the evening news. Do you really think we’ll see that impish grin of Chris’s on his new gig at 20/20? Oh please. And the way he tears up just a little whenever he talks about his kids? Not gonna happen. So what if they didn’t offer you the job as Diane’s replacement – did you have to totally sell out to 20/20? I’m so bummed.
At least Sam will still be there…and Robin. I may get used to Mr. Snuffelupagus and the Panda, but not without alot of complaining along the way. I wish ABC had talked to me first — I could have explained to them that this type of move can only hurt their ratings. The only way I will get through this is to take comfort in knowing that at least the bigwigs didn’t add an extra hour and hire Kathy Lee Gifford or, heaven forbid, Oprah.