It’s been a year since Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes were sidelined by ABC News. The ex-hosts of Good Morning America are now opening up about the relationship that cost them their jobs.
They’re doing so in the first episode of their self-titled podcast. Robach says, “Other people have… told our narrative. They told a narrative; it wasn’t our narrative. This is the first time that we actually get to say what happened, and where we are today.”
The Daily Mail published photos of Robach and Holmes together in Upstate New York last November. At that time, Robach was married to Melrose Place vet Andrew Shue. Holmes was married to attorney Marilee Fiebig. However, the ex-GMA3 duo insists they were never having an affair.
Holmes declares, “We were outed. To be clear, we were outed as being in a relationship, but everyone else thought we were being outed as adulterers, being outed as cheating on our spouses, and it wasn’t the case.
He explains, “The day those pictures were taken, the day that article was released that outed us, we both at that point were in divorce proceedings.” Robach adds that Shue had moved out of their shared home “three months earlier.” Holmes had been living separately from Fiebig since “last summer.”
Their plan was to finalize their divorces before going public with their relationship. Robach says, “We thought, ‘In January, we’re going to go and walk in and explain to ABC management that we are a couple.’ We’d even talked about doing it earlier. Right before the pictures came out, we thought, ‘Should we tell them what’s going on?’” But they decided to wait until their divorces were cleaned up. They never considered the possibility that they’d wind up in the tabloids.
Robach says, “We had every intention of [going public], and we didn’t believe… that we were doing anything technically wrong.” Holmes adds, “What we [did was] we failed at being good crisis managers. We failed at understanding some level of celebrity that neither one of us thought we had. In that world, affiliated with the show we were affiliated [with], that’s just a sexy freaking story, and I just don’t think we thought about it in that way — that anybody would give a damn what we were doing.”
As for how they feel about their termination? Well, you’ll have to listen to the full podcast to find out.