McRee holds ‘GMA’ inside track

The “Good Morning America” talent-watch continued Wednesday with word that KABC anchor Lisa McRee is expected to succeed Joan Lunden in ABC’s ayem anchor chair come fall. “GMA” newsreader and would-be Lunden dethroner Elizabeth Vargas already has been told she won’t get the job, insiders say, leaving “PrimeTime Live” correspondent Deborah Roberts as the only other candidate, with McRee still the clear odds-on favorite.

ABC sources insist no deal has been struck, although final terms are expected in a matter of days. McRee, who won national exposure hosting ABC’s overnight “World News Now” in 1992 and Lifetime’s ABC-produced “Lifetime Magazine” in 1994, also anchored an entertainment-news pilot, “Hip Pop,” pitched for the Alphabet web’s fall primetime schedule (Daily Variety, May 12). “GMA” also is seeking a new exec producer and a male co-anchor to replace Charles Gibson.

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