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Palmer had been appearing fairly regularly on the ABC morning show in recent weeks, but Robin Roberts made it official on Tuesday morning’s show, welcoming Palmer to the team.
“I’m so humbled. I’m so excited for this fantastic opportunity to work with you all,” Palmer said on Tuesday’s show. “I want to thank everyone at ABC and the ABC family for this. And ESPN for continuing to support me.”
Palmer was welcomed to the team by GMA‘s full roster of co-hosts at the morning’s show desk on Tuesday morning. After they showed clips and talked about some of his past stories for the show, George Stephanopoulos said of Palmer, “You’ve made us better every day you’ve been on.”
ABC News president James Goldston also sent out a staff memo announcing the news.
Goldston explained that Palmer will tackle big stories for the second hour as well as covering news and “signature big live events.” He will also contribute across all of ABC News’ platforms.
“Since joining the GMA team, Jesse’s passion and versatility have been invaluable,” Goldston said. “He has an infectious enthusiasm for news, an innate ability to tell stories in a unique way, and an insider’s perspective on the big sports headlines of the day.”
Palmer will continue to serve as a college football analyst for ESPN and its SEC Network.
Palmer’s increased role on GMA comes after fellow ESPN analyst and Good Morning America contributor Tim Tebow recently returned to the NFL, signing a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
At GMA, Palmer will also be working with fellow NFL (and New York Giants) alum Michael Strahan, who’s also a special contributor to the ABC morning show.
In his NFL career, the former University of Florida quarterback, spent four years with the New York Giants after being drafted by the team in 2001. He also briefly spent time with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.
Palmer is represented by Reed Bergman at Playbook, Inc.
Read Goldston’s staff memo below.
I’m pleased to announce that Jesse Palmer, who has become a familiar face at GMA and across ABC News, is officially joining GMA as a Special Contributor.
In this new role, he will focus on big stories for the second hour as well as news of day and signature big live events throughout the show. He will also contribute across all ABC News platforms.
Since joining the GMA team, Jesse’s passion and versatility have been invaluable. He has an infectious enthusiasm for news, an innate ability to tell stories in a unique way, and an insider’s perspective on the big sports headlines of the day.
Jesse will continue his role on ESPN and the SEC Network as their lead college football analyst, lending his insight and opinion throughout the season on ESPN’s numerous college football programs on television and radio.
Jesse’s devotion to football has taken him from the playing field to college football’s most prominent and trusted broadcasters. He was an accomplished quarterback with the Florida Gators and went on to play five years in the NFL with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. During the past ten years, Jesse has honed his craft to become one of college football’s most trusted voices.
A proud native of Ottawa, Ontario, Jesse comes from a long line of football stars. (His father Bill played in the CFL and his brother Billy played college football at Notre Dame.) He holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida in marketing and political science. Aside from his love of sports, Jesse, who is fluent in French, loves to travel, cook (he’s hosted three different shows on the Food Network!) and hang out with Tuuli, his French bulldog.
Please join me in welcoming Jesse to ABC News.
Watch Palmer’s GMA introduction in the video below.
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