ABC News made it official today: George Stephanopoulos is the new co-anchor of "Good Morning America."
"Im pleased to announce that beginning Monday Dec. 14, our new anchor team at 'Good Morning America' will be in place and on the air," ABC News President David Westin said in an email to the ABC News staff.
Stephanopoulos will anchor the broadcast with Robin Roberts. Juju Chang will be the news anchor beginning Dec. 21 taking over from Cuomo who leaves for "20/20," as reported here this morning. Cuomo has also been named chief legal correspondent for all ABC News shows, according to the network statement.
"In putting this new 'GMA' team together, we've pursued one goal," Westin said. "How can we best serve our audience? How can we bring them what matters most to them -- the day's important news, engaging stories, useful information and real expertise to help them improve their lives?"
"Robin and George are the right pair to lead our effort," Westin said. "As we've seen over time, Robin brings a warmth and intelligence to the morning that no one can match. Hers is a practical curiosity that brings the viewers' questions to the fore. George complements Robin's strengths with a deep knowledge of and commitment to news about the nation and the world." (Click here to read Westin's full e-mail.)
"I can't wait to join 'Good Morning America's' amazing team, and serve its loyal viewers," Stephanopoulos said. "No one can replace Diane Sawyer, but I'll do everything I can to match her unquenchable curiosity and intense commitment to informing the country every morning. What an adventure."
"I am so excited to welcome Georeg and Juju to our family," Robin Roberts said. "The energy and talent of those on camera and behind the scenes at this program are second to none. I have no doubt that George and Juju will immediately feel right at home. Saying goodbye to Diane has not been easy, but I'm glad she will finally be getting more sleep."
Stephanopoulos, 48, has been ABC News' chief Washington correspondent since December 2005 and host of ABC's Sunday morning political affairs program, "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," since September 2002. He will take on the role of chief political correspondent and continue to anchor "This Week" until a replacement is named, Westin said.
The chemistry between Roberts and Stepanopoulos is what will make or break this team and ABC's fortunes in the lucrative morning news programs wars.