After a year and a half in the anchor's seat, Christiane Amanpour will leave ABC's This Week, the Sunday political affairs show, she said in a statement on Tuesday. She will be replaced by her predecessor, George Stephanopoulos, according to a network spokesman.
Amanpour will return to international news, hosting specials for ABC in addition to a weekday global affairs program on CNN international. "This role is groundbreaking, bold and very different! I am thrilled and honored," Amanpour said in a statement.
ABC News President Ben Sherwood said that Amanpour "had a remarkable year" at This Week, noting that she will now act as Chief Global Affairs officer for the network, in addition to her duties at CNN. "We're thrilled to work out this arrangement," Sherwood said.
Amanpour's departure from the Sunday morning line-up was long expected, with the show's ratings in decline - This Week has increasingly fallen behind CBS's Face The Naion for its once-steady second-place spot during Amanpour's tenure. Rumors of her misery anchoring a domestic politics show were widespread. "I am looking forward to getting back into the field to report stories on global issues that matter greatly to the American people," Amanpour said in a statement.
Amanpour left CNN to take over This Week in March of 2010 after Stephanopoulos left to host Good Morning America. An ABC spokesman confirmed that Stephanopoulos will continue to host GMA during the week, in addition to his Sunday duties.
Amanpour's departure was first reported by the New York Times.
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