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George Stephanopoulos was once the anchor of This Week on ABC, but left the job to take the role of co-anchor on Good Morning America. The void was later filled by Christiane Amanpour last year, who left her post as CNN's chief international correspondent after 27 years.
The tables are now turning again as Christiane has decided to return to CNN, this time to host a new weekday show for CNN International. Rather than bring some newbie into the all too important role, George will be returning to This Week as of next year, to anchor the ABC news show. No worries though; there won’t be a vacancy at the Good Morning table. George will pull double duty, balancing hosting both programs.
Phew! That was a lot to get through!
It seems the change in lineup hasn’t taken a toll on the competing networks. In fact, both sides seem pretty happy with the deal, especially CNN. The network’s Worldwide President Jim Walton said in an e-mail message to CNN staff:
“Christiane Amanpour has been synonymous with international reporting and with CNN for many years," Walton said in a statement. "We could not be happier that through this unique arrangement with ABC News, her experience and global perspective are returning to a nightly news broadcast for our international audience."
Of her return, Christiane said this in her official statement:
"I am looking forward to getting back into the field to report stories on global issues that matter greatly to the American people. At the same time, I will be broadcasting once again to millions of people across the world with a weekday show on CNN International. … This role is groundbreaking, bold and very different! I am thrilled and honored."
We’re glad to hear it! Hopefully George feels the same about going back to his old stomping grounds.
You know what they say: if it’s not broke, don’t fix it! Maybe this is where these two actually belong!
Best of luck to them both in moving forward by going backwards! LOL!
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