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Chris Cuomo bids farewell to 'Good Morning America,' heading to '20/20'

December 10, 2009 |  7:38 am

Today's the day ABC makes it official: George Stephanopoulos will indeed be replacing Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America." Hours before the announcement, "GMA" news anchor Chris Cuomo confirmed for viewers that he will be leaving the show as well to co-anchor "20/20" with Elizabeth Vargas and report on legal issues across the news division.

Cuomo was the other top contender for the "GMA" co-anchor slot, and he appeared to struggle to contain his emotions as his explained his departure after three years on the show.

"It is a dream job for a journalist like me, but it was a very difficult decision, because I am leaving a special place and crew and all of you," he said, as his colleagues applauded. "You are all part of my family."

He's being replaced by correspondent Juju Chang. For viewers, it will mean abrupt changes on the morning show: Friday will be the last day for both Sawyer and Cuomo.

-- Matea Gold