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Lara Spencer Celebrates Her 50th Birthday with Her Good Morning America Family: ‘So Many Laughs’

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Happy (early) birthday, Lara Spencer!

The Good Morning America anchor turns 50 on Wednesday, but she celebrated a day early with her ABC family.

Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee, Amy Robach and David Muir surprised Spencer with a cake and a birthday serenade Tuesday.

“What a way to kick off the last day of my forties!!!” Spencer captioned a video of the sweet moment on Instagram. “I started as a correspondent for Good Morning America when I was 28. This family has seen me thru the ups, downs, and all arounds of 2 full decades.”

“Thank you GMA FAMILY for so many laughs and smiles,” she continued. “I will be off tomorrow to celebrate the big 5-0hhhYEAH with my family. See you Thursday! xo, Lara.”

It’s been an exciting year for Spencer, who is also the creator, producer and host of HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. In September, she tied the knot with tech entrepreneur Rick McVey after three and a half years together. The couple said their “I dos” in an outdoor ceremony in Vail, Colorado, surrounded by 135 friends and family members.

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Spencer met McVey after a mutual friend set them up on a blind date. McVey is the founder, chairman and CEO of MarketAxess, a publicly traded and successful financial technology company.

This is the second marriage for both. Spencer shares two teenage children, daughter Katharine and son Duff, with ex-husband David Haffenreffer, while McVey is also a dad to three grown daughters with his ex.

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The widow of famed actor/dancer Gene Kelly has leaped into the fray regarding Lara Spencer’s comments on ballet.

Patricia Ward Kelly responded in an open letter after Spencer, the Good Morning America host, mocked young Prince George over his ballet lessons, holding back laughter at the prospect of the six-year-old dancing.

“In 1958, my late husband, the dancer, director, choreographer Gene Kelly, decided to take on the stigma facing male dancers in an Omnibus television program for NBC that he created and starred in called Dancing, A Man’s Game,” wrote Ward Kelly. “Gene would be devastated to know that 61 years after his ground-breaking work, the issue of boys and men dancing is still the subject of ridicule—and on a national network,.” She concluded: “ABC must do better.”

Spencer has apologized for her remarks made during a Thursday morning segment. She said during the segment that George, the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, would be studying math, science, history, religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet.

The “ballet” listing drew audience laughter and also a reaction from co-host George Stephanopoulos.

“Oh, he looks so happy about the ballet class,” Spencer said. She then claimed William said his son “absolutely loves ballet.”

“I have news for you, Prince William: We’ll see how long that lasts,:” Spencer said. “I mean, he might.”

After a flurry of negative comments from choreographers and others, Spencer walked back her remarks. “My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday,” she said. “From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say go for it. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain-and love every minute of it.”

Patricia Ward Kelly’s open letter:

“In 1958, my late husband, the dancer, director, choreographer Gene Kelly, decided to take on the stigma facing male dancers in an Omnibus television program for NBC that he created and starred in called “Dancing, A Man’s Game.” He hoped that by aligning the great sports stars of the day—Mickey Mantle, Johnny Unitas, Vic Seixas, Sugar Ray Robinson, among others—he could challenge and destroy the shame surrounding male dancers once and for all. For Gene it was more than a professional task. It was, in his words, a personal “crusade” to show that dancers are athletes and that it is okay for a man to be graceful. As he says in the special: “What could be more graceful than a football player throwing a pass—what is more excitingly beautiful than the swift movement of a double play? Every motion a good athlete makes is as beautiful as any a dancer makes.”

Sadly, on August 22, 2019, Good Morning America elected to run a disgraceful segment about Prince George and his ballet classes. That host Lara Spencer would mock a boy’s study of ballet in a nationally televised morning show and that her colleagues would join in her derision is both unacceptable and incomprehensible.

Gene was a classically trained ballet dancer and believed that his training was essential to all that he did. He was schooled in Chicago by a woman named Berenice Holmes who had been the student of the great Russian dancer Adolph Bolm. Gene said that Holmes could perform many complicated turns better than a man, including a double tour en l’air, and that she instructed him to dance with great strength, particularly in his arms. He knew that ballet training gave him the long, beautiful line that he sought in his dancing and, later, in his choreography for the camera that led to some of the seminal films of our time, including On the Town; An American in Paris; Singin’ in the Rain; Brigadoon.

Over the years, Gene advised many professional athletes to study ballet, including former wide receivers Willie Gault and Lynn Swann. Both acknowledge that the training improved their performance on the field. Many have followed suit. Gene would be devastated to know that 61 years after his ground-breaking work the issue of boys and men dancing is still the subject of ridicule—and on a national network.

ABC must do better.

Patricia Ward Kelly (Mrs. Gene Kelly)

ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer apologized Friday after outrage erupted on social media when she mocked and laughed at the inclusion of ballet in 6-year-old Prince George’s upcoming school year curriculum.

During a Thursday “Hot News” segment on the morning show, Spencer listed off what the young British royal would be studying when he goes back to school in the fall.

“In addition to the usual first or second grade things, like math, science and history, the future King of England will be putting down the Play-Doh to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet, among other things,” she said.

Her emphasis on the word “ballet” was met with raucous laughter from the studio audience.

“You couldn’t contain … oh, he looks so happy about the ballet class,” Spencer said laughing, as a picture of Prince George smiling ear-to-ear while wearing a soccer jersey appeared on the screen.

The audience and her co-hosts responded with more laughter.

“Prince William says Prince George absolutely loves ballet,” she added. “I have news for you, Prince William: We’ll see how long that lasts.”

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The studio audience erupted in applause, and co-host George Stephanopoulos replied: “Good for him.”

Spencer, 50, posted a picture of a lavender-lined mountain vista Friday on Instagram with an apology.

“My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday,” she wrote. “From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain and love every minute of it.”

Criticism of Spencer’s comments came swiftly after the segment aired and many were still expressing their disappointment in her comments Friday afternoon.

Actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell posted a video to Twitter asking Spencer: “Seriously, laughing at boys who take ballet on channel 7 ABC — what’s up with that?”

“It’s ridiculous, it’s like bullying on national TV,” O’Donnell said.

“Boys who take ballet are cool … come on!” said O’Donnell, who founded Rosie’s Theater Kids, which supports dance, theater and drama training in New York City public schools.

No arts education is to be laughed at. Doesn’t matter if it’s violin, acting, painting or ballet. It’s not only instrumental to a well rounded education, but if can often save a child’s life. @LaraSpencer do better.

— Erich Bergen (@erichbergen) August 23, 2019

Choreographer Brian Friedman, who has worked with Cher and Beyoncé, took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Spencer’s comments.

“Growing up as a dancer I was bullied horribly which is exactly what this is. She is teaching the world that it is ok to laugh at boys for dancing and that is so sad. Just think about the young boys who may have seen this and could quit their passion at her expense,” he wrote.

Shame on @GMA, @ABCNetwork and @LaraSpencer for this. I don’t think Lara meant it maliciously, but casual homophobia and bullying are just as inexcusable. Shaming a boy for dancing is tired, and laughing at him for having taste shows that you have none.https://t.co/ygnv31SDGj

— Scott Nevins (@ScottNevins) August 23, 2019

“I could extoll the numerous benefits that dance training has for any human being, not to mention one who is going to grow up to be a head of state,” Courtney Escoyne wrote in Dance Magazine. “But the thing is, I doubt that Spencer cares. What this is really about is bullying. Because that’s what we just watched: A grown woman bullying a 6-year-old child. On national television. To laughter and applause.”

Prince George, who is third in line to the British throne, is the oldest child of Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

A spokesperson for “Good Morning America” did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lara Spencer apologizes for ridiculing Prince George and ballet, but the damage has been done

By Sarah L. KaufmanSarah L. Kaufman Dance critic covering arts and entertainment Dance critic August 26, 2019

[email protected] apologizes for her comments about boys and dance and sits down with 3 celebrated ballet dancers: “It has been a true education for me.” pic.twitter.com/bYJUvVGaXK

— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 26, 2019

“I screwed up,” said ABC’s “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer, speaking about mocking statements she made last week about Britain’s 6-year-old Prince George — eldest child of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — and his plans to take ballet at school. That segment was slammed on social media and quickly went viral.

Last Friday, Spencer posted an apology on Instagram. In her on-air apology on Monday, Spencer went further, saying her comments were “insensitive and stupid, and I am deeply sorry.”

“I have learned about the bravery it takes for a young man to pursue a career in dance,” she said, introducing three male dancers who joined her in the studio: Robbie Fairchild, the former New York City Ballet principal and Broadway star who’s featured in the upcoming film version of “Cats”; Travis Wall of “So You Think You Can Dance”; and Joffrey Ballet’s Fabrice Calmels. Fairchild described his experience as a young boy exposed to the kind of derision Spencer had voiced last week — in his case, people pointing and laughing at him while he was in ballet class with girls.

“The lesson is that words hurt,” said a somber-looking Spencer, “and it was not my intention but it was insensitive.”

An apology on the show was widely expected, yet several male dancers said in interviews over the weekend that the damage has already been done, and the GMA host’s remorse isn’t likely to undo it.

“I would like to believe that Lara Spencer didn’t mean to do harm, but she did great harm,” said Peter Stark, a former New York City Ballet dancer and associate director of the Boston Ballet II who faced ridicule as a child, even from a math teacher. “She gave permission for individuals to laugh at boys doing ballet.”

It’s admirable that the future king of England gets to study ballet as part of his schooling, and that should be valued, said former New York City Ballet principal Philip Neal in an interview with The Washington Post. As a victim of bullying who found life-changing solace in the dance studio, he was disturbed by Spencer’s attack on arts education.

“It’s ridiculing the curriculum as well as making fun of boys who dance,” Neal said.

Indeed, in her report last week, Spencer lent credence on national TV to two toxic fallacies: that ballet is unmanly and that any boy who likes it deserves to be shamed. Her views were contagious; they were validated by the laughter of co-anchor George Stephanopoulos and the studio audience.

It’s strange enough that she took swipes at a child and at the much-loved world of ballet. (She never took her own kids to “The Nutcracker”?) The worst part was that threaded through her comments and her mocking tone was the idea that a boy who likes ballet is a joke in itself.

She delivered the news of Prince George’s fondness for ballet with sarcasm and blithe dismissiveness, ending her report by saying: “Prince William says George ab-so-lutely loves ballet. I have news for you, Prince William: We’ll see how long that lasts.” She flashed a conspiratorial grin, while Stephanopoulos burst out laughing. One wonders: Did he also laugh at the serious ballet student and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel when they served in the Clinton White House together?

On Twitter, Rosie O’Donnell was among many to call out the intimidation factor of Spencer’s report: “It’s like bullying on national TV,” wrote the actress and comedian.

“It brought up old unpleasant memories of being mocked and laughed at for being a boy who danced,” wrote Derek Hough, the Emmy-winning champion of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and NBC “World of Dance” judge, on Instagram.

Douglas Risner, a dance professor at Detroit’s Wayne State University who studies the stigmatizing of adolescent boys who dance, said in an interview Sunday that his inbox flooded with emails after Spencer’s report, and like those writers, he also found her segment appalling. She “underscored harmful stereotypes and signaled that harassment and bullying of boys who dance is acceptable. And she projected all of that on a defenseless child,” he said. “She implicated the father, too, implying that he’ll change his mind about this once harassment starts.”

The disparagement of boys who study ballet is no laughing matter: In a 2014 study of adolescent boys who dance in the United States, Risner found that 93 percent of his respondents experienced teasing and name-calling, and nearly 70 percent suffered verbal or physical abuse. Teen boys who dance “are at least seven times more likely than the general adolescent population to be bullied,” Risner said.

“If this behavior concerned any other activity than dance,” he said, “it would be considered a public health crisis by the Centers for Disease Control.”

Boys face a complex web when they take up dancing, with its perceived connection to femininity. Many face assumptions about their sexuality, and their behavior is constantly policed — by other boys and adults, by society and eventually by “Good Morning America,” where it was presumed okay to lampoon an activity that doesn’t fit the gender norm.

For Rafael Bejarano, a dancer in the Washington Ballet’s studio company, seeing Spencer’s clip posted throughout his Instagram feed was excruciating. “It brought back so many bad memories from my childhood, so many issues I’ve overcome,” the 20-year-old said in an interview.

Bejarano grew up in Mexico, the descendant of four generations of bullfighters, including his father, famed matador Edgar Bejarano. “I didn’t follow the dynasty, so I was attacked physically” by other kids, he says. One day, when he was 12, he was dismissed from school early for a dance performance. As he rushed down the stairs, another boy grabbed his backpack and threw it to the floor.

“He said, ‘What’re you gonna do, grab a pointe shoe and hit me with it?’ ” Bejarano recalled. “And then he said, ‘You’re just a homosexual, trying to be the center of attention.’ ” Other kids punched Bejarano in the stomach until he was able to flee.

That was just one of many incidents, he said, but he didn’t have it as bad as his younger brother, who also dances. At one point bullies smashed his brother’s head into the stairs; he required surgery and false teeth.

Despite these terrors, Bejarano says, “It was the best decision of my life to keep on dancing and stay strong.” He says he wishes Spencer had bothered to educate herself about ballet.

“Honestly, ballet class keeps teaching me every single day how to be a better human,” he said. “How to connect to people in a better way.”

In his 2017 memoir, “A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back,” American Ballet Theatre principal David Hallberg writes about the constant bullying he experienced growing up — including a harrowing incident where a group of boys cornered him and poured a bottle of perfume on his head.

“That marked me for life,” he said in an interview on Sunday. “I have battled with a masculinity complex, both personally and professionally, all my life. It goes exactly to Lara’s comments, ‘We’ll see how long that lasts.’ Meaning that a boy doing ballet will realize it’s only for girls and it won’t be a masculine thing to do. That’s exactly what I struggled with, and still struggle with. We’re expected as men to be a certain way.”

“Middle school specifically was a grotesque time for me,” said ABT principal James Whiteside, who grew up in Connecticut. “I sensed that I was different, via my very obvious homosexuality. There was a lot of name calling, a lot of shaming, mild violence, a shove here and there, though never a full beatdown.” He attributes escaping worse bullying to being tall.

Bullies can home in on the subtlest cues: Washington Ballet apprentice Gilles Delellio, from Belgium, said he was teased just for watching ballet videos on his phone, and for listening to classical music instead of rap or R&B.

Risner said bullying and the kind of belittling that Spencer expressed last week end up excluding men from the field. He estimates that 75 percent of male dance students will quit before their 16th birthday.

Wendy Whelan, assistant director of New York City Ballet, said she’d welcome Spencer to the company’s upcoming performances, and hopes the outrage the GMA host sparked will spur her to learn more about the art form.

“I think our culture is lacking some understanding about the power of art,” said Whelan. Casual and open criticism like Spencer’s “speaks to who we are becoming as a culture, and that’s a bit terrifying.”

If there’s a silver lining in this sequence of events, it’s the pulling-together of the dance community. The inclusiveness of the dance world — the same quality that makes dance class a refuge for so many boys who face harassment outside it — shines in full force in the wake of last week’s GMA episode. In their own posts and in comment after comment on Spencer’s Instagram feed, dancers have trumpeted their support for their art and for one another.

“It shows how united we are,” Hallberg said. Dancers have “come together as a unified force, and have shown how beautiful a community it is.”

Morning TV remains a surging sea of staff changes, with no end in sight.

Now ABC’s Good Morning America will have less Lara Spencer under her new contract, which keeps her on the morning show on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Amy Robach is about to be announced to a headliner on ABC News’s 20/20, where Elizabeth Vargas plans to exit at the end of TV season, though Robach will continue to have GMA role for breaking news.

GMA has been in a ratings death match with NBC’s Today show, especially since latter jettisoned Matt Lauer last November after two decades, over credible allegations of sex harassment, and ratings went up, not down. (Same month, CBS showed the door to CBS This Morning star Charlie Rose after complaints about him on production of his PBS program; John Dickerson replaced Rose on the CBS morning show.)

For the Q1 of 2018, Good Morning America finished No. 2 in the morning show race, with Today squeaking past it in total viewers and also besting it in the news demo; GMA clocked the biggest year-over-year total viewer decline, on a percentage basis.

  • Good Morning America star Lara Spencer apologized for her “stupid” comment about Prince George and ballet.
  • On Monday, Lara sat down with dancers Robbie Fairchild, Travis Wall, and Fabrice Calmels and apologized to them during a special GMA segment.
  • Fans had mixed feelings about Lara’s apology, in part because her colleagues George Stephanopoulous and Amy Robach haven’t issued a statement on the controversy.

Beginning last Thursday, Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer received heavy backlash for comments she made on-air about Prince George taking ballet classes.

After going through the 6-year-old royal’s curriculum, Lara paused to laugh. She then declared while chuckling,“Prince William said Prince George absolutely loves ballet … I have news for you Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts.”

In an attempt to right her wrongdoing, Lara apologized during Monday morning’s GMA.

“I screwed up. I did,” Lara said before looking straight into the camera. “The comment I made about dance was insensitive, it was stupid, and I am deeply sorry.”

She continued: “I’ve spoken with several members of the dance community over the past few days. I have listened. I have learned about the bravery it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance.”

With that, GMA launched into a sit down interview featuring Lara and three well-known dancers — Cats star Robbie Fairchild, Emmy-winning choreographer Travis Wall, and lead Joffrey Ballet dancer Fabrice Calmels. While talking about the challenges young boys face around pursuing dance and dealing with bullies, all three accepted Lara’s apology.

“I think it’s really important to take this as a lesson to learn that there are things that I don’t understand that maybe I should learn to appreciate it more for what it is,” Robbie replied to Lara. “We are a community of love and in order for us to move forward, we have to move forward together.”

In response to the segment, many commended Lara and ABC’s decision to turn the negative comment into a teachable moment.

“We all make mistakes, the true heroes are the ones who are willing to admit them. Yes @LaraSpencer words have incredible power, to destroy or empower,” one fan wrote. “Great Job Lara!! We all make mistakes. You recognized yours and have apologized. I would say the case is closed!” another said on Twitter.

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But still, there were several who didn’t seem completely satisfied with the apology, particularly when it came to how the network dealt with Lara’s co-star George Stephanopoulous. Even though Amy Robach also appeared to be chuckling along with Lara during the controversial segment, George can be heard laughing the loudest. To be fair, George did say “good for him” in response to Lara’s remark about the young prince taking ballet. But, according to some GMA viewers, he should still apologize.

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Lara’s on-air apology came after she said she was sorry on Instagram last Friday afternoon. Because of the heavy backlash, she ended up turning off her comments on the post.

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My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain-and love every minute of it.

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“My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain-and love every minute of it,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, neither George nor Amy have not spoken out on the matter.

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‘Good Morning America’: What Is Each Host’s Net Worth?

Good Morning America is one of the country’s most iconic television shows. Since its debut in 1975, the program has provided news and entertaining segments to help people everywhere kick start their day. Given its popularity, it comes as no surprise that the show’s hosts throughout the years have gone on to become household names and earned massive paychecks along the way.

Curious about how much each of the current hosts is worth? Read on below to find out.

Amy Robach

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  • Net worth: $1.5 million

Amy Robach has been a host on Good Morning America since 2014. These days she is a breaking news correspondent who can be seen going out to the scenes of natural disasters and other events. Last year she also became an anchor on 20/20 alongside long-time host David Muir. “I’ve always had a breaking-news gene in me,” she once said of her job to cover big stories as a journalist.

Ginger Zee

TV personality/chief meteorologist for ABC News Ginger Zee | Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

  • Net worth: $3 million

Ginger Zee joined the cast of Good Morning America in 2011 and has been working as the chief meteorologist since 2013. Aside from her main job at GMA, Zee has made appearances on other ABC shows as well. She sometimes can be seen on Nightline and World News Tonight. A few years ago, Zee also competed on one episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! and the 22nd season of Dancing with the Stars (she placed third on both shows).

Lara Spencer

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  • Net worth: $9 million

Lara Spencer has been a part of Good Morning America since 1999 and she is known for her work in covering lifestyle segments on the program. In 2018, however, Spencer’s time on GMA was reduced to only a few days a week since she has other projects to focus on. Spencer is an interior design and home improvement fanatic, so she currently hosts and produces the HGTV show Flea Market Flip.

George Stephanopoulos

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  • Net worth: $35 million

Before he was a known face on television, George Stephanopoulos was a White House advisor who worked closely with President Bill Clinton. After working as a political analyst on other ABC programs, he became an anchor on Good Morning America in 2009. Stephanopoulos, who reportedly wakes up at 2:15 A.M. every morning, leads a busy life as he is currently also a chief anchor on ABC News as well as the Sunday program This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Additionally, he can sometimes be seen substituting for David Muir on ABC World News Tonight.

Robin Roberts

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  • Net worth: $35 million

Having been an anchor on Good Morning America since 2005, Robin Roberts is one of the most well-known faces on the show. Throughout her stint, she has covered important topics in current events and entertainment, such as Hurricane Katrina and Chris Brown’s troubling relationship with Rihanna. Roberts also used her platform to talk about her struggles with breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Her coverage of the latter (a rare blood disorder) won her a Peabody Award in 2012 for raising awareness and inspiring many people to become bone marrow donors.

Michael Strahan

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  • Net worth: $65 million

Before becoming a television star, Michael Strahan was an extremely success defensive end for the New York Giants. After he retired from football, he joined Kelly Ripa as an a host on Live! With Kelly and Michael before leaving for a job on Good Morning America in 2016. He currently co-hosts the GMA spin-off Strahan and Sara alongside former The View cast member Sara Haines. Aside from his work on the daytime show, Strahan also hosts The $100,000 Pyramid on GSN. Additionally, he has his own menswear clothing line with J.C. Penny.

The news desk at Good Morning America is going to look a little different. Lara Spencer is stepping away from her role as co-anchor, People reports.

“Lara loves working at GMA and she will continue to join the GMA desk on select mornings each week and contribute to special assignment reporting so she can continue building her lifestyle brand and work on all the TV shows for her production company,” a source tells People.

Spencer has been working behind the scenes on her lifestyle brand and production company, DuffKat Media. And her new schedule will allow for more time on shows they work on like HGTV’s Flea Market Flip and a few other projects in the works. Reps for Spencer didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from GoodHousekeeping.com

“She knows she can’t balance GMA, all her upcoming television shows and DuffKat while also finding time for her family,” the People source said about her production company, named for Spencer’s teenagers Duff and Kate. Spencer is also currently planning a wedding to her boyfriend of two years, Rick McVey.

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“I love being part of the GMA family so much, but making and creating content has been a passion of mine for a really long time,” Spencer told TheWrap earlier this year.

Spencer’s new schedule isn’t the only shift happening at GMA. Page Six reports Amy Robach will also be dialing back her appearances to focus on her new role hosting 20/20, which is predicted to be announced later this week.

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Listening to my producer @oliverboxes as we get ready to go live for @goodmorningamerica on this Saturday night here in #Pyeongchang

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The show will keep fan favorites Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Michael Strahan at the anchor desk, according to the reports.

Reps for ABC declined to comment.

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