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George Stephanopoulos

Too Short for Morning TV?

9/12/2011 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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George Stephanopoulos
could lose his "Good Morning America" anchor chair within a year to the news reader who towers over him ... this according to network sources.

The buzz at ABC is that Josh Elliott -- a former ESPN sports anchor who has been the GMA news reader since March -- is on the fast track for the anchor seat.  Josh filled in on "World News Tonight" last week and network suits are in love with him.

The network will deny it's contemplating a change, but that's not what we're hearing.

The ratings at GMA have actually gone up a bit with George, so why would the network mess with the show?  Our sources say the suits think Josh and Robin Roberts have better chemistry and look better together.

Our sources say the buzz is that George could go back to his old job, anchoring "This Week," especially because execs privately now admit Christiane Amanpour is a disaster as an anchor.

Now why, you ask, do they look better than Robin and George?  Robin is 5'10" without heels.  Josh is around 6'3."  George is 5'6" ... and a half.  There's a lot of talk at ABC that it just looks awkward when the male anchor is slight and short. 

Not that there's anything wrong with it.

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7:55 AM: An ABC News spokeswoman tells TMZ, "This is Total Nonsense."

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Cindy    

I rarely watch GMA. I very much liked George on This Week, though, and haven'*****ched that show much since he left. I hope he finds his niche.

1046 days ago
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michael nischk    

i stopped watching GMA when Stephanopoulos announced that this right-wing idiot James O'Keefe is a "journalist". as a journalist myself, i take major offense to this classification from someone who - despite his current job - never was a journalist for someone who never will be a journalist, even if hell freezes over.

it is not his height that should get Stephanopoulos fired pronto, it is his failure to understand what true journalism is all about.

michael

1046 days ago
33.

JLS    

SO--LET'S see here, TMZ. You don't post one word about Sept. 11 but you report about this junk? I guess the height of some newscaster on television is more important!

Nice Americans. All of you. I am disgusted.

1046 days ago
34.

pat    

Only in America would someone be selected based on his/her height instead of how competent he/she might be.

1046 days ago
35.

Surfer Gal    

It was in the tabloids that the powers that be asked Robin Roberts to stop with the high heels but she started wearing EVEN HIGHER HEELS so she would tower over George. What a power trip she must be on. But please, Laura Spencer is the worst! What were they thinking when they brought her onboard? She looks so awkward all the time. And her pop culture segments look so out of place with the rest of the program. I like George but think he'll looking to move on. Sam, I love. Josh, not as funny or as great as he thinks he is.

1046 days ago
36.

carmen    

Now its about height!!!! George is good for his height what kind of world his this telling people that they are not good because of there height or looks!!!!!!! everyone on T.V are just so fake...

1046 days ago
37.

Bud    

That's like saying Harvey is too short for TMZ...ludicrous!

1046 days ago
38.

charley    

he may be short but hes a good anchor...not like bitch mom nancy grace...always thought the media whore was short....but didnt realize how fat the living cancer cell that calls herself nancy grace is!

1046 days ago
39.

elysummers    

I dont care what the reason is, get rid of George. If you read the ABC news shout out board you would see tons of comments asking to get rid of George, he just doesn't fit, he's too serious. And their viewership is falling lately.

1046 days ago
40.

superchicken    

Short men are unique in that we are better off if they are neither seen nor heard.

1046 days ago
41.

freaksloan    

He should lose his job because he wouldn't know what the news was if it bit him on the @SS! He is nothing but a shile for the left.

1046 days ago
42.

Jackson    

George is an excellent newsman. He brings a wealth of experience and perspective and he has avoided partisanship, something that concerned me at the outset. He has a winning smile, a quick mind and I believe viewers like him. If being short is a problem, Paul Newman would never have made a movie.

1046 days ago
43.

Carl    

This went really well back when NBC decided to replace Jane Pauley with Deborah Norville on the Today Show because Jane was getting older and didn't look as good (similar to George being too short).

1046 days ago
44.

Illinois person    

It's Sam they need to bounce. Can't stand his annoying Santa Claus laugh. But yes, Josh is easy on the eyes as is Matt Gutman.

1046 days ago
45.

Jodi    

IMO it's true it looks funny when one person towers over the other when they are suppose to be a duo on TV.

That's why I always laugh when I see a certain reality person and her husband together. lol

1046 days ago
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