Expiring Contracts Called a ‘Nightmare’ for ‘Good Morning America’

The "GMA" Team (Photo: ABC News)

Success is apparently going to come with a price.

Longtime ABC staple, “Good Morning America” which finished the television season as the top-rated morning program for the first time in 19 years, is about to pay the piper. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the series hit a “fluke of timing” and is now facing the prospect of having to try to renew the expiring contracts of Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer.

The prospect of signing each of the trio has been described by an executive at a competing news division as “a nightmare” for ABC News chief Ben Sherwood. In addition, according to the report, sources say representatives for Spencer and Elliott have had conversations with the competition at NBC News.

The morning show scored its biggest audience in over 21 years for the 2012-13 season.

Meanwhile, anchor George Stephanopoulos, who is paid nearly $6 million a year, according to sources, is signed through 2014.

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