Amy Robach launched an affair with her married “GMA3” co-host T.J. Holmes while both were still married to other people — yet she reportedly feels shocked by recent reports he had extramarital affairs with other women before hooking up with her.
The Sun, citing an exclusive source, reported Monday that Robach, 49, “was blindsided by the volume” of Holmes’s past extramarital affairs and feels like she is “collateral damage” in the scandal sparked by their romance.
The Daily Mail reported last week that Holmes, 45, allegedly had an affair with a 24-year-old intern, 13 years his junior, in 2015 that left the young woman feeling “uncomfortable and used.” The Daily Mail and other publications also have reported that Holmes had at least one other affair with an ABC colleague — a married ABC producer.
In addition to Robach having “no idea” of the scope of Holmes’s alleged past romances with other ABC colleagues — while he was married to attorney Marilyn Fiebig — the day-time anchor “did not foresee that their relationship was going to cause major upheaval — outside of her own marriage,” the source told The Sun.
“She did not expect this to blow up into a scandal,” the source said.
Indeed, Robach’s secret romance with Holmes, first revealed in the Daily Mail in November, has blown up into a major scandal that has brought about the end of her 12-year marriage to actor Andrew Schue and Holmes’s marriage to Fiebig. Holmes and Fiebig share a 10-year-old daughter.
It’s also led to career upheaval. The “GMA3” co-hosts were pulled off the show, as reports say that ABC has been in contact with their lawyers to negotiate the terms of their exit from the network.
Both The Sun and US weekly reported last week that Holmes and Robach won’t be returning to “GMA3.”
“Amy and T.J are out, a decision has been made,” an insider told Us Weekly. “The network is negotiating with them on their exit deals and an announcement.” The Sun said that both have hired lawyers to help them work out these deals.
“ABC is going to pay a lot of money to make everyone happy and go away very, very quietly,” a network insider told The Sun. That means that Holmes, Robach and anyone else involved will be expected to sign non-disclosure agreements “to make sure there are no nuclear explosions in the aftermath.”
Thus far, Holmes and Robach have declined to discuss their relationship or their respective divorces. But Fiebig has spoken out, with her lawyer issuing a statement earlier this month, slamming her estranged husband for his lack of discretion.
Over the holidays, Homles and Robach were seen enjoying lunch together in New York, embracing at the Atlanta airport and kissing and laughing as they headed into a restaurant in Miami Beach, Daily Mail and TMZ photos show. The pair can’t seem to keep their hands off each other in the Miami photos, Glamour reported.
“We continue to be disappointed by T.J’s lack of discretion, respect and sensitivity toward Marilee and the party’s daughter,” an attorney for Fiebig said.