Opinion ABC is confusing GMA3 by suspending coaches TJ Holmes and Amy Robach
“GMA3” Countrytemps kicked off last week, when the Daily Mail got hold of the exclusive – it’s “Exclusive” — news that the two anchors were an item, despite being married to other people, in a segment filled with private-investigator-style tabloid photos. The New York Post jumped in to confirm that they had seen “canoodlingat a local bar. (Word subsequently emerged that both couples had separated from their wives this summer.) TikTok and Twitter went wild. A few days later, ABC decided that this midlife romance was an “internal and external confusion,” as ABC President, Kim Godwin, Apparently said During an editorial call, and pulled the two off the air.
Given the natural human tendency to gossip about celebrities and colleagues, that confusion may be real — and yet it’s not entirely clear how the romantic upgrade of Holmes and Robach’s relationship is otherwise a problem. This couple isn’t triggering any of the traditional red flags when it comes to workplace romance. They’re co-anchors, so there’s no hierarchy issue, while CNN chief Jeff Zucker lost his position following an investigation into an ongoing relationship with the network’s chief marketing executive. Allison Galst. No one complained of favoritism or harassment as a result of the relationship. In fact, it’s reported that Godwin told employees that the relationship was “not a violation of company policy.”
The reality is, workplace romances are incredibly common. People who work together often share mutual interests and spend a lot of time together with predictable results. Survey done from anywhere one third per half We’ve dated a co-worker at least once. somewhere in between 10 And 30 A percentage of us will find ourselves in a long-term relationship with or married to that person. (In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say I’m one of them.) A survey conducted by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 75 percent of respondents said they feel comfortable when their colleagues are done More than professional colleagues. And, yes, while we’re on the subject, a 2017 Harris Poll About one-quarter of workplace relationships involve adultery.
Some social critics even worry that remote work during the pandemic will compromise this key source of romantic connection for young people. But perhaps surprisingly, the SHRM survey found that remote work has done nothing to slow the phenomenon: The incidence of office romances is on the rise. When opportunities to meet new people are limited, Slack can serve as an ad hoc dating app.
So why not tell colleagues to MYOB and let everyone get back to work? It’s not like there aren’t examples of working workplace romances between co-anchors. When Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski started co-hosting Morning Joe, they were married to other people. After they survived a tabloid scandal about their relationship and four years after they were married, the show went on.
The impact of #MeToo on television newsrooms may have led to some corporate overreaction. From Matt Lauer to the late Roger Ailes, there are plenty of examples of news anchors and executives using their positions to sexually harass and manipulate women. But that’s not what’s happening here. Since the two are married to others, their behavior may not be ethical, but it is rarely a crime or grounds for firing.
Plus, it’s not like audiences minded the flirtatious banter and what was clearly a close friendship — the two even trained for a marathon together — before the news broke. If anything, the romance is a literalization of the pseudo-romantic dynamic that shows like GMA3 often rely on, where a male and female host play the role of a platonic couple sharing jokes and knowing looks. No doubt many would cheer for this couple if they were both single and we could see them as a fairy tale instead of a soap opera.
But even in the current scenario, no one would encourage ABC to take two anchors off the air for falling in love and lust. The relationship between Holmes and Robach may cause their wives great distress, but it is not as dire as workplace problems. In an era when social media increasingly merges our public and private lives, corporate headquarters must resist this kind of busy interference. We all deserve a zone of privacy — even canoodling co-anchors.
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