Stephanopoulos back Amanpour leaving “This Week”
Was Amanpour bored with hosting This Week? Seems so. She wanted more action in the field and it seems that’s where she’s returning and George the Greek be back at This Week. George is an insider who is also master of the political trade. I think it will be a good move. Amanpour did not last a year. I thought it was a dumb idea at the time. They did not think it through enough and now they know.
George Stephanopoulos, Amanpour’s predecessor, will return to host the No. 3-rated Sunday morning politics show. Amanpour, meanwhile, will divide her time as a reporter for ABC and her former employer, CNN. Stephanopoulos will officially return Jan. 8.
“This is an exciting and unique opportunity for me to take my love of storytelling to primetime at ABC News with multiple specials, as well as becoming a roving global affairs anchor across all ABC platforms,” Amanpour, who took over “This Week” in August 2010, wrote in a statement supplied by ABC News.
Although celebrated as a war correspondent and international-affairs reporter, Amanpour was considered an awkward fit on “This Week,” which like rivals “Meet the Press” on NBC and “Face the Nation” on CBS subsists mainly on the weekly rough-and-tumble of American politics. Ratings have dwindled in recent months; when Stephanopolous helmed the program, “This Week” sometimes threatened longtime leader “Meet the Press.”
- George Stephanopoulos To ‘This Week’: ‘GMA Host Returns To Replace Christiane Amanpour’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Stephanopoulos to replace Amanpour at ‘This Week’ (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Posted on December 13, 2011, in TV Trough and tagged abc, amanpour, American Broadcasting Company, cnn, Face the Nation, George Stephanopoulos, meet the press, NBC, this week, This Week (ABC TV series). Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.