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ABC promotes anchor to ‘Good Morning’ co-host

– ABC says it has promoted Lara Spencer to co-host on “Good Morning America.”

Spencer, the lifestyle anchor since returning to the show in 2011, now has billing parity with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos.

She was the show’s national correspondent from 1999 to 2004. Then, for seven years, she was a host of “The Insider.”

Her promotion comes as “GMA” continues to beat NBC’s “Today” show in the ratings but after it recently lost two members of its team: Sam Champion and Josh Elliott.

The other current members of the “GMA” family are Amy Robach and Ginger Zee. This week, “GMA” welcomed Michael Strahan, a co-host of the daily “Live with Kelly and Michael,” as a contributor.

Animal activists protest at actor’s home

Animal rights activists protesting outside Liam Neeson’s home say they don’t agree with him that New York’s carriage horses should keep working.

Neeson didn’t appear Saturday as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his Manhattan apartment building. They held signs with such slogans as: “Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!”

The 61-year-old actor is a vocal supporter of the city’s carriage-horse industry.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to ban the horse-drawn carriages and replace them with electric vintage-style cars, commissioned by a group called NYCLASS. Its members joined protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Saturday. They say it’s inhumane for the horses to be subjected to traffic and pollution.

– Associated Press

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