Paula Faris leaves ‘The View,’ weekend ‘GMA” for new ABC News role

Paula Faris will leave her roles at ABC’s weekend “Good Morning America” and daytime staple “The View” to focus more intently on snaring bigger interviews and breaking stories, ABC News’ top executive said in a memo to staffers Wednesday.

“To have time to cover stories in-depth, Paula will leave the weekend editions of GMA and The View at the end of this season,” said James Goldston, ABC News’ president. ” In four years at weekend GMA and three seasons at the Hot Topics table, Paula has played an important role at both shows, offering an insightful and intelligent take on the big stories of the day.  She’s been instrumental to their success. ”

Faris, who has three children, recently signed a new contact, according to a person familiar with the matter, and was eager to get back some of the time required for those programs to spend on doing stories of greater consequence. The decision to cede her position on each show was her own, this person said.

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GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Florence and the Machine performs live from Central Park on 'Good Morning America,' as part of the GMA Summer Concert series on Friday, June 29, 2018 airing on the ABC Television Network. GMA18 (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) GINGER ZEE, PAULA FARIS, LARA SPENCER
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 5/18/18 ABC News special coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle features an extended edition of Good Morning America on Saturday, May 19, 2018 (5:00 10:00 a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. ((Hazel Thompson/ABC via Getty Images)) PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Tamar Braxton is the guest co-host and Congressman Joe Kennedy is the guest today, Friday, 2/23/18 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, PAULA FARIS, SUNNY HOSTIN, JOE KENNEDY, MEGHAN MCCAIN
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Coverage of 'Good Morning America,' Tuesday, February 6, 2018, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Catherine Zeta-Jones is the guest today, Friday, January 19, 2018 on ABC's 'the View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) YVETTE NICOLE BROWN, PAULA FARIS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Singer Camila Cabello is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Friday, January 12, 2018 airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, PAULA FARIS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS
THE VIEW - Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci hosts Guy-Day Friday Friday, 9/22/17 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, SARA HAINES, MARIO CANTONE, ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI, SUNNY HOSTIN, PAULA FARIS
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: Paula Faris and Billy Costa attend the Ellie Fund's 5 for Ellie Spring Fashion Show at the Fairmont Copley Plaza on June 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Proceeds from the 5 for Ellie benefit the Ellie Funds mission to provide essential support services for breast cancer patients and families across Massachusetts and was attended by more than 350 guests. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Ellie Fund & Slater Foundation)
THE VIEW - Today's guest include actor Jussie Smollett and Conservative Commentator Tomi Lahren on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Caitlyn Jenner guest co-hosts and Mischa Barton is the guest today, Friday, July 14, 2017 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) PAULA FARIS, CAITLYN JENNER
THE VIEW - Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Beals are guests Friday, March 3, 2017 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, JENNIFER LOPEZ, SARA HAINES, PAULA FARIS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Ryan Seacrest previews 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest' on 'Good Morning America,' 12/30/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) PAULA FARIS, DAN HARRIS, RYAN SEACREST, SARA HAINES
THE VIEW - 'The View's' Eighth Annual Mutt Show airs Friday, July 1 2016 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) SARA HAINES, PAULA FARIS
THE VIEW - Christopher Darden visits 'THE VIEW,' 6/23/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) SUNNY HOSTIN, JOY BEHAR, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, SARA HAINES, CHRISTOPHER DARDEN, PAULA FARIS
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She is expected to continue contributing to “GMA” and appear on various ABC News programs. She will also prepare for the launch of a podcast on faith that ABC News said will “explore what unites people of all backgrounds even in these divisive times. ”

Faris came to ABC News after spending more than 10 years working for TV affiliates in Chicago, Cincinnati and Dayton. She began her career behind the scenes, shooting, editing and producing.

ABC News has not yet announced who might replace Faris on either program.

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