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Josh Elliott

I Wanted Out of "GMA" So Bad

I Took a Pay Cut!

4/1/2014 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Josh Elliott Leaving GMA

Josh Elliott was so disgusted with ABC ... he took a pay cut of more than a million dollars ... multiple sources connected with both ABC and NBC tell TMZ.

Our sources say ABC offered Josh between $4 and $5 million to stay, but he chose NBC despite the fact that they offered him just over $3 million.

We're told Josh was at the point of no return when Robin Roberts signed a $14 million a year contract to anchor GMA.  He felt slighted by the ABC offer and just wanted out.

Sources say the feeling is mutual.  As one source put it, "He's definitely an abrasive guy."  Another source says, "People hated him.  He was always just rude."

And get this ... we're told just weeks ago Sr. VP of ABC News James Goldston confronted Amy Robach -- Josh's replacement on GMA -- and called her "toxic" because she created tension on the set.  Indeed, we're told Amy and Lara Spencer "hate" each other and can't hide their contempt.

Another source says Robin Roberts hasn't helped matters -- one person saying she acts like a "diva" on the set.

As for Josh's future ... our network sources say NBC did NOT promise Josh any role on "Today," but we're told there's no doubt he's got to the top of the heap as the likely successor to Matt Lauer.

Morning TV ... it's just like grade school, only all the students are really rich.

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76.

LouRaye    

I think Josh was one of the best parts of the show! Will be missed!

174 days ago
77.

Candace    

Best news I've heard today. Hope it's not an April Fool's joke. Get rid of Dan Abrams. I have to change the channel when he comes on. I used to have to change it when the Play of the Day came on. No more!!!

174 days ago
78.

bernergirl    

Why is any newscaster making millions of dollars?

174 days ago
79.

cochino    

Way too much friggin money and ego for a job of reading a teleprompter.

174 days ago
80.

Rectum?Damn Nearly Killed Him    

This fatass has no neck,,,,,

174 days ago
81.

janel    

why is he mad that he didnt get Robin money. She put in her years and time. He has only been there a few years and yet wants money like hes been there more. Its like quarterbacks in football, they all want the highest paid title when they get out of college. Gotta put in your time. Obviously he was replaceable and was

174 days ago
82.

bcat    

Who know how much of this "stuff" is true.

174 days ago
83.

LARRY    

THEY ARE ALL FAKE, RICH, SELF CENTER SPOILED PEOPLE. THEY HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT THE STRUGGLES OF THE WORLD.WHO TRUELY NEEDS SO MUCH MONEY TO LIVE ON? THEY MAKE ME SICK

174 days ago
84.

Fred    

Josh was likeable enough on GMA. But not a strong enough personality that it will hurt GMA too much. The beautiful and talented Amy Robach will be a more than a suitable replacement. I guess the raise wasn't high enough. He probably didn't like his co-hosts and/ or early morning tv either, otherwise he would have stayed. 4-5 mil is a substantial sum of $$. Especially after under 1 mil per year since 2011. He seems to love sports (former ESPN gig) and now NBC sports so that must have been worth the lower offer.

Robin Roberts on the other hand is the most professional host on morning tv. AND she is loveable. She may or may not be a diva off the set, but on she has what it takes to lead the #1 morning show on tv.
Robin Roberts may or may not be a diva, but she is totally professional and lovable on GMA.

I'm happy Sam Champion is gone. He was always WAY too enthusiastic for my taste.

As for the others I can take em or leave em.

174 days ago
85.

ERP    

Most of the morning shows are just extensions of the E channel. Josh and Lara are both annoying and don't add anything positive to the show.

174 days ago
86.

MS    

Truth be told, NBC didn't renew Amy's contract because she is such a b**ch to women co-workers and female friends of her husband. She won't last long at ABC either.

174 days ago
87.

Gregory    

He feels slighted by Robin's contract for 14 million, so instead of taking the 4-5 million offer he walks for a million less? He's much to learn about negotiation.

174 days ago
88.

danielle_fish88    

I don't believe this story at all. Josh and Robin are like brother and sister. They have been friends since there days on ESPN. I don't like Lara Spencer, if anyone would be titled a DIVA I would believe it to be her over Robin. And Amy Robach is great as well! This story seems like a load of crap, and TMZ & so-called sources should be sued for defamation of character. I don't think anyone is perfect, but this just seems like a load of crap.

174 days ago
89.

Steve    

If Josh takes the reins from Lauer, I might consider watching the Toady Show again.

174 days ago
90.

MS    

Truth be told, NBC did not renew Amy Robach's contract. She is a total b**ch to women co-workers and her husbands female friends. Very few people in the city can tolerate that woman!

174 days ago
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