It’s been quite the summer for Paula Faris! Months after the TV star left The View in July, Paula also officially said goodbye to her gig as Weekend Anchor of Good Morning America on Saturday, Sept. 29.
During her last day on GMA, an emotional Paula broke into tears as her co-hosts played a look back at her best on-air moments from the last four years. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This has just been the honor of a lifetime, and I love you guys, and you’ll be seeing a lot of me,” the 42-year-old said after the video played for ABC viewers.
“I’ve loved this show. And, these people. The love you see and feel on-screen is real. And, rare. It’s been my honor and privilege to be part of this team the last four years,” Paula later wrote on Twitter following her final broadcast.
Going forward, Paula will be replaced by ABC News correspondents Eva Pilgrim and Whit Johnson on the hit morning show. Following her co-star’s departure, Eva wrote on Instagram, “You’ve been so gracious to me since the day I walked in the doors at ABC but more than that you’ve been a real friend and a confidant.”
Paula first announced her plans to depart both GMA and The View back in mid-July. At the time, the mom-of-three revealed she was leaving the gigs to instead cover breaking news and reporting at ABC News and launch a new podcast about faith with the network.
“Excited [and] grateful for the opportunity to cover big stories and talk to the people at the center of them,” she wrote via Twitter earlier this year. “Thank you to the gracious teams at @GMA Sat/Sun and @TheView. Not going far but I’ll miss you. However, I won’t miss that 3 a.m. wake up on weekends!”
ABC also provided more details on Paula’s new position through a press release. “She’s expanding her reporting portfolio to cover the most consequential stories of the day, help lead the charge on breaking news, and focus on key bookings. She’ll continue to be an important part of the GMA family and appear across all of ABC News, and she’s gearing up for the launch of a podcast on faith to explore what unites people of all backgrounds even in these divisive times,” the message read.
Following her career change announcement, Paula finished up her time on The View in July. Prior to her departure, it was rumored that the TV star was being fired from the long-running daytime talk show. “ABC News was hoping [Paula] would bring a more conservative perspective to the show because she’s a conservative Christian. But she doesn’t own her opinions and the audience never connects with anyone who’s pretending,” a source previously told Fox News.
However, Page Six later reported that leaving GMA and The View was solely Paula’s choice. “She’s getting her weekends back,” an insider told the outlet. We’ll miss you on those shows, Paula, but are so excited about your new gigs!