“Good Morning America” needs to make it rain on Robin… NOW!
According to National Enquirer reports:
ROBIN ROBERTS has helped “Good Morning America” stomp the “Today” show in the ratings, and pals say the popular cancer survivor deserves a big fat raise!
The 52-year-old “GMA” co-anchor earns $6 million a year, while her rival Matt Lauer at NBC’s “Today” banks a whopping $25 million annually.
And since ABC’s “GMA” has reigned as the top morning program since September 2012, friends think Robin – who’s negotiating a new contract – should be compensated accordingly.
“Robin is a big part of why ‘GMA’ is now No. 1 in morning news,” a friend told The ENQUIRER.
“She realizes that she won’t score the sweetheart deal Matt got, but she still should be paid at least double her current salary.”
After an Emmy-winning career at ESPN, Robin joined “GMA” as a newsreader in 2002. Three years later, she was promoted to co-anchor with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer.
Her current co-host – Lara Spencer, 44, and Josh Elliott, 42 – joined “GMA” in 2011, making Robin the longest-serving member of the show’s anchor team.
“Robin is loved and highly valued by her bosses, but a slew of contracts are coming up for renewal on ‘GMA,’” said another source.
“Besides Robin, the network is negotiating with Lara and Josh. And George Stephanopoulos’ contract will expire a year from now.
“Certainly, everyone will be offered raises given the show’s success. But if they give Robin $12 million or more, they can’t low-ball the others.”
Robin has been a fan favorite since she bounced back from a battle with breast cancer in 2007.
But she stunned fans in June 2012 when she revealed that she’d contracted myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disorder believed to have been caused by the chemotherapy and radiation exposure she received to treat her breast cancer.
Robin underwent a bone marrow transplant in September 2012 and returned to “GMA” part time the following February after a five-month leave of absence.
While a friend says Robin “is feeling close to 100 percent” and resumed working on “GMA” five days a week in September, her long-term health may play a key role in contract negotiations.
“Robin is modest, but she knows she deserves more money,” said the source. “Certainly, there’s no way Matt Lauer should be paid quadruple when she and ‘GMA’ have more viewers.”
This makes no sense how Robin is spanking the pants off Matt Lauer yet only has a chance of making less than half his salary. Too bad she probably has a non-compete otherwise she should just make the move to NBC and take his job!