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Will Robin Roberts’ “Coming Out” Affect GMA’s No. 1 Status?

by Sergio
December 29, 2013 6:07 PM
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Not that it matters, nor should it have any effect; though this is the first time she has addressed it publicly. There was in fact even a rumor this past summer that Roberts was getting married to her longtime partner, though that turned out not to be true.

But the question is, how will this affect the ratings for the show, if at all? Will people start tuning out, or will GMA continue to be the No. 1 morning show? I can’t really imagine people tuning out because of this, but you know how a lot of people are. There are still many fiercely anti-gay folks amongst us, who probably have been viewers of the show, and who, ignorantly, may rethink their allegiance because of today's news.

Just a week and half ago, I reported on Good Morning America’s co-host Robin Roberts, and her new deal with ABC, for the show (HERE), which will garner her $14 million a year.

The big new deal is a result of GMA’s status for over a year and half now, as the No.1 morning network show, and that Roberts, who’s been with ABC for over 20 years, was a major reason why the show has achieved that status.

But now, in a new development, Roberts today publicly come out as a gay woman on a post on her Facebook page, reflecting on her life and her ongoing recovery from a risky bone marrow transplant last year.

According to Variety, in her Facebook post, she stated that: “…. I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health. I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together…

A spokesman for the network stated that the Amber referred to is Amber Laign, a private practice massage therapist, who’s been in a relationship with Roberts for the past ten years.

And in a new update, ABC News has just released another statement in support: “We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time. We were so touched by Robin’s Facebook message today and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life.”

Don't say you didn't know. It really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. It’s long been whispered about Roberts' sexual orientation; not that it matters, though this is the first time she has addressed it publicly.

Whether she will or not address it on GMA, or leave just as a Facebook posting and move on, is up to her. 

But the question is, how will this affect the ratings for the show? Will it have any effect at all? Will people start tuning out, or will GMA continue to be the No. 1 morning show? Like I said, I can’t really imagine viewers suddenly tuning out because of this, but you know how some people are. There are still many fiercely anti-gay folks amongst us.

And considering the recent brouhaha over that Duck Dynasty redneck reality show, following anti-gay and pro-Jim Crow comments that a member of the show made, what will be the public reaction over Robert’s revelation? Not much I think, but as usual I could be wrong.

No doubt, at least ABC feels comfortable enough with Roberts coming out that it won’t have any impact on the show's ratings.

What do you say?

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  • Julie Somo | April 13, 2014 7:19 AMReply

    I won't be watching it. She can thank God all she wants but homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord and that is why he destroyed Sodom And Gamorrah. He also blinded all the homos that were trying to have sex with the angels. Wake up America.

  • QB | April 13, 2014 11:52 AM

    LMAO.. There is no "God". I'm glad that there are a lot less religious nuts like yourself nowadays thanks to science and secularism. Equal rights for all of humanity.

  • Blackorean | April 13, 2014 9:46 AM

    you do know that the bible is a collection of stories created by a man (or men) and that the Lord is a figment of some writer's ideal man (probably himself), right? so when you say "homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord and that is why he destroyed Sodom And Gamorrah", you're actually saying "i don't like gay people because the idea of them makes me uncomfortable about myself and i don't understand them, so i hate them", yeah?

  • Autumn | April 2, 2014 7:10 PMReply

    Sam Champion was gay and Gma was #1 with him on the show. Honestly I don't know why someone's sexual orientation is anyone else's business. It's their life and they are accountable for their life and after life. I'm a Christian and it really bugs me to hear other Christians judging others. When clearly every sin is equal in the eyes of God. Non Christians hate us and we all have a bad reputation because of this. Everyone should just concentrate on their own lives and let happy people be happy and in love. I have watched gma for 15 years and I hope to watch it another 15 with Robin Roberts. She's a strong sweet woman who deserves everything she has worked very hard for.

  • jeanene krogh | January 15, 2014 6:22 PMReply

    Robin Roberts insults me as a woman. She makes me feel very uncomfortable. Therefore,
    will I watch GMA? I don't think so! Come on America....we were found on principles of the Bible which states a marriage is between a man and a woman. She will have to answer to God
    when she dies. I say, Good!

  • Aryiana | January 26, 2014 3:43 PM

    she should of stayed in the closet.. She waited for her mother to pass away before she came out.. her poor mother, a good godly women, is probably rolling over in her grave.. sure wish she would read this message..
    Romans 1-18-32...

  • Sergio | January 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    Wow. You kiss your mother with that mouth?

  • Sandi | January 11, 2014 2:56 PMReply

    We are every where. It is a boost when people in high profile positions come out. Robin is one lucky women! We will watch GMA even more.

  • willie | January 6, 2014 6:08 PMReply

    I Guess God did'nt know what he was doing so we need politicians and phony polls to justify
    sodomy and homosexuality.

  • QBN | January 6, 2014 8:10 PM

    Your imaginary God has nothing to do with this.. it's a part of nature. Gays before anything are human beings..their sexual orientation does not lessen their humanity.

  • Carl | January 6, 2014 7:52 PM

    **** Bible Thumper Alert ***

  • Zorida | December 31, 2013 12:27 AMReply

    Maybe she's dying that's why she felt the need to say it to the world. Somehow affirm her being, make her little mark. Who knows? Regarding the comment, "Don't say you didn't know." I certainly didn't know. In my opinion, there's no reason anyone ever needed to know. Keep it in the closet! When did sexual deviation ever become ok?

  • Sergio | December 31, 2013 8:33 AM

    "Keep it in the closet! When did sexual deviation ever become ok?"

    Which excatly presents my argumant why this matters. It fight closed off, intolerent, bigoted attitudes such as that

  • Albert | December 30, 2013 9:12 PMReply

    All is better left unsaid!!,

  • Bforreal | December 30, 2013 8:42 PMReply

    Sure, it was not a revelation, AL. I always figured she was at least bisexual. But it's so wonderful (I'm speaking as a bisexual black woman) that she came out. I am always happy when black celebrities come out, as it helps emphasize the diversity of lgbt culture, a culture which the media and Hollywood likes to paint with a very white brush.

  • beemooree | December 31, 2013 5:09 PM

    @bforreal.. do you consider wentworth miller black and were u happy for his coming out??

  • al | December 30, 2013 1:16 PMReply

    Okay..was this a revelation to anyone????? I thought everyone knew. Didn't know it was a big dark secret. It's great that her partner could be acknowledged as she undoubtedly helped Ms.Roberts through a difficult time.

  • citizen bob | December 30, 2013 9:49 AMReply

    I think this statement will boost GMA ratings. Roberts is a brave, admirable woman~ 360. Those carpet critters were always there-- Duck Dynasty simply lifted the rug to let the sunshine down on that hate mess.

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  • Bforreal | December 30, 2013 8:43 PM

    Thank you, Sergio! I couldn't have said it better. I, too, am tired of such asinine, generic responses.

  • Sergio | December 30, 2013 8:39 AM

    It cracks me when somebody says that. You want people to think that “Oooh you’re so liberal, so modern and so 21st century". The fact of the matter is that it does much matter in Roberts’ case. First for her, for ABC which has its fingers crossed that people won’t start tuning out since AMC’s success is largely dependent on her and it matters especially because she’s black.

    And we know very well that there are many black celebrities who are gay but refuse to come out for fear of the backlash they’ll get from their black fans many of whom are very religious and socially conservative unlike you and your “free sex for everyone” attitude. And it’s ever rarer for a major A-list celebrity to publicly come out and in the world on television Roberts is definitely A list.

    And also the whole Duck Dynasty controversy shows that there are still millions of people who have a real hatred and disgust for gays still unlike modern 21st century you. In fact I suspect that that’s what forced Roberts to publicly come out to make a stand

  • Anonymous | December 30, 2013 12:38 AMReply

    She'll be fine, as will the ratings. Robin is incredibly likeable and genuine. What's more interesting, to me, anyway, is the timing. A renewed contract worth $14 million dollars helps to bring about an even greater amount of confidence, and security, to make this announcement. If she hadn't received such a large payday, providing so much financial security for her future I wonder if she would have still made this announcement. ... Me thinks not.

  • SO? | December 30, 2013 12:45 AM

    So? She's not a dummy and cares about her livelihood. I applaud her. Make that money AND still show the world your true self. Life is about being strategic.

    What's "interesting" about the timing to you?

  • CherrylSeybold | December 29, 2013 11:19 PMReply

    what affect by the Robin Roberts to the GMA number one status?

  • AC | December 29, 2013 11:10 PMReply

    Good for her and Amber. I thought she may be gay but I didn't care enough to investigate. It's a non-issue for me. I hope the flood gates open with gay folks popping out of everywhere. No really, the more "public" numbers the more people will feel they don't have to hide their lives from anyone. No closet necessary. That will shut up a lot of bigots and homophobes in the process. I'm an optimist, so that's my prayer.

    And speaking of closets.... I don't feel this is a "closet case." I feel the same way about Foster, Queen, and others. Everyone in her personal life knew, so basically now the public knows. And she don't owe us anything! So there's no closet here. Any if a straight person did the same thing... thanking their partner whom the public didn't know about... I don't think they would be labeled as "coming out" with anything.

    We need more people like Robin.

  • katie | December 29, 2013 8:45 PMReply

    "Don't say you didn't know"

    I honestly had no idea.

  • Anitra | December 29, 2013 8:07 PMReply

    I wouldn't think this would be a big deal BEFORE Duck Dynasty hot mess when some of the bigots came out. Now I'm worried for her and her job. Such a wonderful brave woman. God bless her.

  • Miles Ellison | December 29, 2013 10:59 PM

    I'm sure ABC is praying that the audience for GMA is a lot more tolerant and less ignorant than the audience for Duck Dynasty.

  • sthn | December 29, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    Queen...your next...

  • divvadoll | December 29, 2013 7:00 PMReply

    People have become less concerned about sexual preference vs. how well liked, followed, or admired media personalities or entertainers are. Why should it matter? It shouldn't and won't.

  • CherokeeRose | December 29, 2013 6:38 PMReply

    Why would it affect GMA ratings? Ellen is as gay as a picnic basket and still ever so popular. GMA will be fine. On another note I thought Robin was already out the closet. Guess not.

  • Sergio | December 30, 2013 8:42 AM

    You can’t really compare Roberts to Ellen DeGeneres since she’s white which gives her more “freedom” as it were to publicly come out (another one of those "like who didn’t know? "cases). And you’re probably too young to remember that when she did come out back in the late 90’s she had a hugely popular sit-com on ABC at the time. After she did the ratings for the show sank like a rock and the network cancelled the show the following season. It took five or six years before the public “forgave” her and got used to the idea of her being gay before she started her successful talk show,

    Times have changed so much since the Ellen case that most likely people won't care, but we'll see. I'm sure they're hoping over at the Today Show people will switch channels

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