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The clock is ticking on Charlie Gibson's tenure on ABC's nightly World News broadcast, which means his replacement, Diane Sawyer, is edging closer to the veteran newsman's anchor chair. That also means, of course, that Diane Sawyer's chair at Good Morning America will soon be vacant. The question remains: who will fill Diane's seat at GMA? And will her replacement be a male or a female newscaster?
As of now, we know that ABC News This Week host, George Stephanopoulos, will be a temporary fill-in when Sawyer takes over for Gibson at the start of 2010. Whether or not he will be a permanent fixture at ABC's morning flagship is as yet unknown.
The L.A. Times reports that the search is officially on to find the new Diane Sawyer, and that female personalities such as Suze Orman and Ashleigh Banfield have volunteered for the role -- but ABC is having none of it. They want a man. Their reasoning, it seems, is that the traditional male-female anchor team works best, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
And so the guessing game begins. The men said to be in the running are all already on ABC's payroll: World News Saturday anchor, David Muir; GMA weekend co-host, Bill Weir; GMA news anchor, Chris Cuomo, and, of course, George Stephanopoulos.
While the network neither confirmed nor denied the reports that an XY-chromosome would be taking over for Diane (an ABC News spokesperson dismissed the assumed contenders as "nothing more than speculation"), they did say they'd be taking their time making the decision.
Those names are a little ho-hum and predictable, wouldn't you say? With that in mind, here are some nominations for ABC's consideration:
Neil Patrick Harris
NPH has proven himself a formidable host to be reckoned with: his work on the Emmys and the Tonys show him to be knowledgeable, entertaining and classy.
He's not as widely known outside of New York City as he is to devotees of his NY1 News morning anchorship, but Pat Kiernan is handsome, seasoned and witty when he needs to be (as seen during his role as host of the World Series of Pop Culture). And he reads the morning papers so you don't have to!
Good old Aaron Brown (the former CNN anchor) is a little more serious than most morning-show viewers might like, but he's great on the fly, and his more serious tone might be the right counterpoint to the lovely Robin Roberts. And he's already done time on ABC News shows!
Who would you like to see as Diane Sawyer's replacement on Good Morning America? Chime in below!