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Fearfully Promotes Lara Spencer

To Co-Host ... Shhhhhh

4/20/2014 6:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0420-lara-spencer-tmz-06"Good Morning America" promoted Lara Spencer to co-host and then BURIED the announcement -- presumably to keep some pretty fragile GMA egos in check.

ABC honchos sent an internal memo around to the staff bragging about how GMA has kicked the "Today" show's ass for 2 straight years.  The memo -- which was obtained by Page Six -- starts out by calling Robin Roberts "the captain of our team"

In PARAGRAPH 6 the memo essentially says, "Oh, by the way, Lara's a co-anchor now."

And get this ... to make sure the announcement got buried, it was sent to the staff on Good Friday.

Now for some translation ... Lara made lots of demands when her contract was renegotiated recently ... she thinks of herself as Robin's fill-in.  She also can't stand Amy Robach  -- even though they told TMZ they love each other -- and when Amy got promoted to news anchor apparently GMA felt it needed to up Lara's title to keep her happy.

As for why the announcement was made on Good Friday, well ... people on the staff say Robin can be quite a diva, and GMA didn't want to ruffle her feathers.

Poor George.

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Kelly    

Do they think Robin won't notice that she has a new CO-HOST when Monday comes?

133 days ago
2.

cj    

They need to clean house and get rid of all these bitches. Does anyone even watch this show?

133 days ago
3.

ASH    

Only a moron would watch this drivel!

133 days ago
4.

franklyspeaking    

Great choice.

133 days ago
5.

some guy    

Just another day in Mauswitz.

133 days ago
6.

Jordan    

ABC does not think they will reach an agreement with George on his contract.

133 days ago
7.

Vote2012    

What kind of brain dead robots watch this stupid show in the morning? Any person who watches these types of shows have too much time on their hands or they are living off the government.

133 days ago
8.

Eye roll     

I can't stand Lara

133 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

I wasn't aware that there was a captain on GMA. I thought it was an ensemble cast. I guess it matters behind the scenes and choice assignments.

133 days ago
10.

static    

NFI who she is.

133 days ago
11.

Bubblegum    

I remember her from antiques roadshow. I don't watch any morning programming. I have to go to work.

133 days ago
12.

ERP    

Must be a terrible place to work if they think promoting her and bringing in Strahan will help. Both are useless. George should get out while he still has some dignity. Charlie and Nora on CBS are the best.

133 days ago
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carolb    

omg I got a IMVU credits code and it was legit! Got mine from http://imvucreditsgenerator.com

133 days ago
14.

Truth is    

They soon crumble. They report controlled news anyway. Lies by omission is the MO.

133 days ago
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TheRealDeal    

With everything Robin has been through with her health, she deserves to be a Diva, with a capital D. And she is great at what she does.

133 days ago
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