Enough is enough.
ABC’s ongoing investigation into its “GMA3” hosts TJ Holmes and Amy Robach continues to be a major distraction at their Upper West Side offices at 66th Street and at Times Square Studios, where they film the daytime show.
And we’re told insiders are beginning to lose patience with news boss Kim Godwin’s handling of the explosive situation.
“It will take two months! It was a two-month tabloid frenzy. The place is not in a very good place [to be]’ an insider told Page Six.
“It affects morale – not so much talent. It’s the base – the people who leave the lights on. Morale is at an all-time low,” they added.
Staffers are beginning to point the finger at ABC News president Godwin, who took the couple off the air in December because their affair had become an “internal and external distraction,” she explained in an e- Mail.
Holmes and Robach have been off the air since December. ajrobach/Instagram
It’s a new year now and it’s been two months since the racy lovebirds welcomed their afternoon viewers to “GMA3.” Multiple sources told Page Six that signs indicate they will not return to the air.
An insider told us that ABC parent company Disney’s reputation is at stake. “The affair is one thing, but you also can’t be credible telling the news when you’re the news — that’s part of the challenge.”
A third source told us staff are still confused after Godwin allowed them to go on the air without addressing the situation, but then decided to rip them and sent an email saying it did , the affair was not a “violation of company policy”.
Insiders tell us it’s unlikely Holmes and Robach will return as presenters on GMA3. ajrobach/Instagram
“Why tell people they didn’t hurt anything and then take them off the air? That makes no sense. There is nothing consistent about their behavior except the inconsistencies in their behavior,” they said.
The first insider blamed Godwin’s “lack of determination” for prolonging the drama. In fact, they told us the situation was so disorganized that newly hired anchor DeMarco Morgan was practically caught flying cross-country from LA to represent Holmes amid the investigation.
DeMarco Morgan, ABC’s newest hire, represented Holmes during the investigation. Instagram/DeMarco Morgan
“They flew him in under cover of night to host the next day and he didn’t know that’s why he came!” they claimed.
But not everyone is scolding ABC bosses over the situation. A fourth person put it simply: “It sucks, but these things take time.”
They even painted a rosy picture that “people are focused on work. They do their job, and do it well. We’re still number one. We crush it!” (If anything, the crush seems to be the problem).
ABC was yet to make a decision on Holmes and Robach’s jobs on Friday, but our fourth source is optimistic a decision will be made in “a couple of weeks at most.” “It has to be,” they said.
In the meantime, staff will have the popcorn ready for the next raunchy part of the scandal to surface.
Representatives did not comment.