After seven years as co-anchor/anchor of syndicated entertainment newsmagazine The Insider, Lara Spencer will exit to join Good Morning America in May as lifestyle anchor. Based in New York, she will cover issues like family, parenting, health, fitness and work/life balance and will be involved in the morning program’s entertainment and celebrity coverage. In addition, Spencer will contribute to ABC News’ Nightline.
Spencer started off on WABC-TV in New York and worked for GMA as a national correspondent for four years before going to The Insider in 2003. Last year, Spencer was considered the lead candidate to succeed retiring Mary Hart on The Insider’s sister newsmagazine ET, but the job eventually went to Nancy O’Dell. “Lara and I have incredible memories together, so it’s bittersweet to say goodbye,” The Insider/ET executive producer Linda Bell Blue said. “We respect her decision to accept this exciting opportunity and wish her every success in her new job.”
Last week, Kevin Frazier started as co-anchor of The Insider, replacing Chris Jacobs who left to become ET correspondent. This is part of a larger restructuring according to Aaron Meyerson, President of Programming and Development for CBS Television Distribution. He added that a new co-anchor for The Insider will be announced soon. Spencer’s deal with GMA was brokered by WME’s Jon Rosen.