NBC agreed to let Elliott out of his contract early amid the anchor’s frustration with his lack of assignments for NBC and NBC Sports Network. He appeared last year on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” telecasts and anchored horse racing’s Triple Crown this year but otherwise didn’t get much screen time.
“Josh and NBC Sports mutually decided to part ways, and we wish him the best of luck in the future,” NBC said in a statement.
There was instant speculation that the Elliott, who was the news reader for ABC’s “Good Morning America” before joining NBC in 2014, would move on to a post at Fox Sports but a source close to the situation said Elliott does not have a new job lined up at present. Elliott was also said to have pursued the possibility of returning to “GMA” earlier this year.
“I’m grateful for the chance to work with the remarkable team at NBC Sports, and appreciate their support as I look forward to what’s next,” Elliott said in a statement. A source close to Elliott underscored that the anchor was grateful for NBC agreeing to allow him to move on given the limited opportunities on the horizon.
Elliott moved to NBC in the spring of 2014 amid much drama on his way out the door at ABC. There was chatter that Elliott was in line to replace Matt Lauer in the “Today” co-anchor slot, but that ended when Lauer set a multi-year extension with NBC’s morning show a few weeks later.
News of Elliott’s departure from NBC Sports was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.