Shock jock Howard Stern sounded off on the media’s obsession with the love affair between “Good Morning America” co-hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes on his SiriusXM show Monday.
Stern pointed to a report from the Daily Mail that “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts was “very upset” about the relationship between the married co-hosts of the third hour of ABC’s morning show.
“I don’t know, I kind of feel like, again, maybe I’m not seeing the problem here, but if those two work together and they wanna b-ng and be in love, what do I give a sh-t? Why is that like offensive to people?,” Stern said to co-host Robin Quivers.
“Well, why are you talking about it?” Quivers asked.
“Well, because people are saying they should be fired. I’m saying, really? Why would they be fired? So someone told me, ‘Oh, they’re supposed to report it to HR.’ And that to me is a little unrealistic. In other words, at what point do you go to HR and say you’re carrying on with one of your coworkers? Do you go, ‘Uh, oh, I’m attracted!’” Stern said jokingly.
Last week, the Daily Mail published a trove of photos and videos of the pair canoodling, which opened the floodgates on reports that the duo were cheating on their respective spouses.
ABC execs were unaware of the relationship, a source close to the situation told The Post, yet network execs were holding “emergency meetings” last week over the bombshell report.
A source told Page Six that the romance began in March, around the time Robach and Holmes were training together for the New York City Half Marathon.
Robach, 49, has been married to former “Melrose Place” actor Shue since 2010, and Holmes, 45, wed his wife, lawyer Marilee Fiebig, that same year. On Friday, news broke that Robach and Shue were divorcing, as the anchor was spotted moving out of their New York City home.
On Monday, during an editorial call, TMZ reported that Godwin told staff that the affair was “an internal and external distraction,” and that the duo would be off the air this week.
She said that while the decision to pull the co-anchors wasn’t easy, it also was not a violation of company policy.
“And so, I want to say that while that relationship is not a violation of company policy, I have really taken the last few days to think about and work through what I think is best for the ABC News organization.”
She added: “This is something I’m not going to talk, we’re not going to talk about on this call until there is more to be said. I’m asking that we stop the whispering in the hallways. You know, we can’t operate with gossip, and speculation and rumors. We need to stay focused on the work.”
The exec concluded: “If you think there is something that management needs to know, you can always call HR or, as we’ve said, talk to a manager that you trust. If you think there is something that we need to know.”
A rep for ABC News did not return requests for comment.