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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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WUNOTANG-SEXTAPE    

Nobody watches those shows anymore except little old ladies

120 days ago
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jmk    

I just hate hearing anything negative about Robin Roberts. I doubt she's perfect, but she really has conducted herself with grace and class during her tenure at GMA.

120 days ago
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Keyser Söze    

LOL... I remember, barely a year ago at most, people saying they watched GMA instead of "Today" because the hosts there seems like a family who cared about each others.

Evidently, that assessment now seemed slightly off mark...

120 days ago
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Just Jay    

They could rid of stick up his ass George. I'd rather listen to his wife. Yea, and robin seems very self important. It was most enjoyable around holiday vacations when it was Lara, Josh and Sam.

120 days ago
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Tom Liebengood    

All these morning talk shows have become so silly, giggly, high schoolish. Can't stand to watch them. Time for new programming and new personalities.

120 days ago
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w    

Judging by what this says about Josh it sounds like he'll fit in well at NBC

120 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

ABC sucks

120 days ago
8.

ok    

talking for a few hours a day, making stupid money.
Makes no sense.

120 days ago
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Nicole    

I went to GMA years ago and Robin did seem pretty divaish (Pre-Cancer.) She didn't acknowledge the audience at all. Chris Cuomo was the nicest! Of course, he jumped ship, too.

120 days ago
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two cents    

I LOVED the bromance between Sam and Josh. I can NOT stand George. He has no personality and a face for radio. That's way too many females on the couch. I'm just going to have to find another hobby because all of these morning programs sux now. We females no longer have any eye candy. Funny how all the females on these shows are lovely while the men are average at best. And don't get me started with the weeekend weather girls. It's like soft porn. We know the casting couch is still being used.

120 days ago
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Tony H.    

What a soap opera!

120 days ago
12.

Best Mom    

I watch GMA every morning for years now -- and I honestly feel let down by some of the choices of people sitting at the desk reporting the news. First, was not a fan of Josh, nor am I a fan or Lara Spencer - just can't take her seriously. Robin is ok and it appears to me she gets treated like a "diva" - and Amy is somewhat new so we'll see how she contributes. I do like George and he is always professional, even if he is not always politically impartial (he needs to work on that!)

120 days ago
13.

Jay W.     

Extremely robust salaries... and for what?

120 days ago
14.

Belizeanborn    

What a jerk! He has not put in enough time at GMA to warrant that kind of salary. His ego wrote a check his behind could not cash. Knew he would be out as soon as his bromance partner, Sam Champion, left.

120 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

WAH!
She got more than me!
NO FAIR!!
*tears*

120 days ago
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