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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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91.

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!

121 days ago
92.

ElisabethIsDisgusting    

Who cares? He's a LOSER!

121 days ago
93.

Harlem    

I don't think he is rude. Always a delight. I'm in my mid 20's. On my day off I love GMA,Josh,George, Robin, and Lara. Though I do miss champion.

121 days ago
94.

Bruiser    

ABC has turned disgusting! I've gone to CNN11

121 days ago
95.

Bruiser    

I'd get out of there too! Josh, you don't fit in!! Disgusting! I've gone to CNN!

121 days ago
96.

Val    

Hey ABC, I'm available at the bargain price of $1.M a year. I anchored my high school TV news show back in the 70's so I have experience. I'm pretty easy to get along with too and I'll even bake cookies once a week. Pick me! Pick me!

121 days ago
97.

Diana    

I am so glad Josh has left. I like to watch a NEWS program. It was getting kind of silly and Josh and Robin were the culprits for that. I like George because he is a professional. Seems Josh always wanted the camera on him. Lara too.

121 days ago
98.

Rose    

Been a GMA fam from way way back. never changed the channel. Now just too many "girls". I like and admire George S. and he does a lot of other shows for GMA. (Sunday morning and fills in for eveing news, etc.) Robin R seems to just do one or two alternates a year. Salaries too high. New weather girl needs someone to show her how to dress. Not at all professional. See ABC morning show in LA. Winkler weather girl is just perfect in appearance and stature.

121 days ago
99.

john    

please, all of you have to grow up, now george with all the bee aches, that wont last long get ready to take a nose dive in the ratings.....

121 days ago
100.

annie    

BS He wanted Robin Roberts salary. Good riddance!

121 days ago
101.

Lorac Lean    

Glad Josh is gone, needed to be the center of attention, too much ego. An even bigger improvement would be if Lara left also. Sara would be perfect. I don't know what goes on behind the scenes but wouldn't miss Josh or Lara

121 days ago
102.

Rigby    

That double chin is disgusting

121 days ago
103.

Lorac Lean    

Glad Josh is gone with his big ego, constant need to be center of attention. It was distracting. Would love to see Lara gone also. Sara would be a good replacement. Don't know or care what goes on behind the scenes but know what I like to see onscreen and this will be an improvement

121 days ago
104.

lindab2528    

I never liked him, his contempt for women in general was disgusting. I quit watching. Good to know I can go back.

121 days ago
105.

Laurel    

I have been watching GMA on a regular basis since I retired in 2008. I watched because of the feeling I got that they were all so close. I hated to see Cris Como (sp) leave. Then Sam left. Good for him. Now Josh. I agree, George is boring. Amy is ok, but too many females. Robin will probably leave after her contract is up and another network offers her more money. I wll just watch my local news and recorded shows from the night before. Back to reading the paper....

121 days ago
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