Why Did Lara Spencer Leave GMA?


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Lara Spencer left "Good Morning America" in 2004 to co-host "The Insider" with Pat O'Brien. The show was originally a segment on "Entertainment Tonight," and CBS Paramount Domestic distributed it.

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Lara Spencer first joined the "Good Morning America" team in 1999. For a time, she worked part-time as both an anchor in New York City for "Eyewitness News" and a co-host on "Good Morning America." After joining the "Good Morning America" team full-time, she subsequently garnered an Emmy nomination for her travel series, "50 States in 50 Weeks: In Search of America."

Spencer left "Eyewitness News" to focus on "Good Morning America," but could not refuse an opportunity to host "Antiques Roadshow" when the opportunity presented itself in 2003. Spencer is an antiques enthusiast and an amateur interior decorator, having decorated friend Kathy Griffin's house.

Spencer hosted both shows for a year and then began hosting "The Insider" while maintaining her hosting responsibilities on "Good Morning America." She left "Antiques Roadshow" after the birth of her son. Around the same time, she created and served as the executive producer for an HGTV show about pricing collectibles and antiques, "It's Worth What?"

In 2011, Spencer returned to "Good Morning America" to serve as the lifestyle anchor, a position she occupies currently, as of 2015.

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