The Hollywood Reporter Names 2013's 35 Most Powerful People in Media
This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Simply put: Good Morning America had a big year.
From Roberts’ exclusive sit-down with President Obama, during which he endorsed gay marriage, to her public battle with myelodysplastic syndrome (which forced her five-month leave from the ABC morning show), from Stephanopoulos’ deft analysis of the 2012 presidential election to his Oscar night interview with Jennifer Lawrence, who fended off advances from Jack Nicholson on camera, the morning show clearly has much to celebrate.
However, its single biggest coup was snatching the top ratings spot over rival NBC’s Today for the first time in 16 years. “I’m very proud to take that No. 1 slot,” says Stephanopoulos, 52 (who is married to actress Ali Wentworth).
GMA boasted its biggest single-day victory over Today in 18 years for the Feb. 20 return of Roberts, attracting 6.6 million viewers. The 52-year-old breast cancer survivor makes a veiled reference to the Ann Curry-Matt Lauer debacle: “You can’t fake the funk in the morning. The people who are watching know if it’s forced.”
SHOW ON A COMPETING NETWORK I WATCH MOST: “60 Minutes is just a classic,” says Stephanopoulos.
PROUDEST MOMENT: “To be alive!” says Roberts. “I’m very happy to be alive a year later.”