Before News Of Alleged Affair, GMA’s Amy Robach And TJ Holmes Went On Double Dates, Her Kids Babysat His

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes on GMA3.
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There’s never been a question from Good Morning America viewers about whether or not co-anchors Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes truly enjoyed working together. Their chemistry on the air has always shone through the TV screen, and it was no secret that they were friends outside of the work environment. Now, however, the two are facing accusations of affairs, after they separated from their respective spouses in August, before being photographed together on a romantic getaway in November. What complicates matters even further is the fact that it wasn’t just Robach and Holmes who were close, but their whole families.

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes are both longtime employees of ABC News. Robach joined in 2012, with Holmes coming on two years later in 2014. People reports that the breast cancer survivor previously spoke about her instant connection with Holmes, putting into context just how close their families were. Robach said: 

The moment he started at ABC, I think we just clicked. We've gone on tons of double dates with our spouses and my daughters babysit his daughters.

Not only were the ABC colleagues close friends, but their spouses knew each other very well too, with Robach’s children even babysitting when the couples double-dated. Robach married Melrose Place actor Andrew Shue in 2010, and T.J. Holmes was married the same year to Marilee Fiebig. Robach has two daughters, Ava and Analise (born in 2002 and 2006, respectively), from a previous marriage, and Shue has three sons from a previous marriage. Holmes and Fiebig, meanwhile, share daughter Sabine, who was born in 2013, and Holmes has daughter Brianna and son Jaiden from a previous marriage.

There are still questions surrounding the timeline of when the Good Morning America anchors’ relationship became more than professional. Some reports say an affair began either in March, when Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes trained together for the New York City Half Marathon, or in June, when they traveled to London for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. However, another source said that nothing romantic happened between the couple until after each of them had separated from their spouses in August.

Either way, given how close the families previously were, there’s likely a lot of emotion surrounding this situation. Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes became co-hosts in 2020, when GMA3 was revamped to provide information about the pandemic. Robach talked to People at the time about how they’d been hoping to work together, saying: 

[They] said, 'Hey, we want to bring on a co-anchor. What do you think of T.J. Holmes?' And I almost fell out of my chair. My God. You couldn't have picked a better person to ask me what I thought of, because we've been trying to figure out a way to work together for literally the last five years.

GMA3 airs on weekdays in the third hour of ABC’s Good Morning America block, and you can see what else is headed your way this month with our 2022 TV schedule. Also be sure to take a peek at what premieres are coming in 2023

Heidi Venable
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Heidi Venable is a Content Producer for CinemaBlend, a mom of two and a hard-core '90s kid. She started freelancing for CinemaBlend in 2020 and officially came on board in 2021. Her job entails writing news stories and TV reactions from some of her favorite prime-time shows like Grey's Anatomy and The Bachelor. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Journalism and worked in the newspaper industry for almost two decades in multiple roles including Sports Editor, Page Designer and Online Editor. Unprovoked, will quote Friends in any situation. Thrives on New Orleans Saints football, The West Wing and taco trucks.