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Why Is George Stephanopoulos Missing From 'Good Morning America'?

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Since December of 2009, former White House Communications Director George Stephanopoulos has been co-anchoring ABC's morning talk show, Good Morning America (GMA). He took over the coveted role after Diane Sawyer's exit, and alongside co-host Robin Roberts, he's been a staple of many people's morning routines.

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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the GMA hosts and contributors have largely been video calling in to the show remotely. But, George Stephanopoulos has been absent from several broadcasts, leading many viewers to wonder where he is, and if he's OK. 

Why is George Stephanopoulos not on GMA? Read on to find out if the anchor has said anything about his absence from the morning show.

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Why is George Stephanopoulos not on 'GMA'?

In early April of 2020, George's wife of 19 years, Ali Wentworth, revealed that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time, she noted that she was sharing a home with George and their two daughters together, Elliott and Harper. 

Though she hoped that she wouldn't spread the virus to her loved ones, George announced that he too had been diagnosed with the virus less than two weeks later. 

However, since George's battle and subsequent recovery with the coronavirus, he has made numerous TV appearances — from GMA to his Sunday series This Week with George Stephanopoulos to, more recently, Howard Stern's radio show on May 13. 

George has not explained why he has been missing from GMA, or when he's expected to return to the series. A new episode of This Week is set to air on Sunday, May 31, but it's also unclear at this time whether George will be hosting, or if a guest host will fill in.

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The anchor also has not posted to his social media accounts in quite some time. His last tweet, which referenced his appearance on Howard Stern's show, was posted on May 13, while his Instagram account has not been updated since 2016.

Though many viewers are noticing his absence, it's unclear at this time why George isn't on GMA. 

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Will George Stephanopoulos be the next host of 'Jeopardy'?

George still has three years remaining on his ABC News contract, and he may be looking to add another show from the network to his already impressive resume. 

While appearing on Howard Stern on May 13, George commented on the speculation that he would be Alex Trebek's successor as the host of the popular game show Jeopardy. 

"I think it would be a lot of fun, but I like what I'm doing too. I am not going to be Shermanesque about it. It's a great show. It's very flattering," he said. "Big shoes to fill."

Good Morning America airs every morning at 7 a.m. on ABC.

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