The first weekend edition of Good Morning America premiered on January 3, 1993, airing only on Sundays; it was hosted at various points by Willow Bay, Aaron Brown, John Hockenberry, Dana King, Lisa McRee, Antonio Mora, Kevin Newman and Bill Ritter. The program was cancelled on February 28, 1999.
In August 2010, Bill Weir left the weekend edition to become co-anchor of Nightline; Marysol Castro left the show the following month. While Dan Harris officially took over as Weir's replacement that October, meteorologists from various ABC affiliates across the country filled in to provide the national weather segments for over a year after Castro's departure; eventually in November 2011, Ginger Zee, who previously served as a meteorologist at NBC O&O WMAQ-TV in Chicago, was appointed as weather anchor for the weekend editions. After Zee was promoted to weather anchor of the weekday edition of Good Morning America in December 2013, the program returned to having ABC affiliate meteorologists to substitute on the Saturday and Sunday editions, until ABC announced the appointment of Rob Marciano (a former CNN meteorologist who had recently departed as co-host of Entertainment Tonight) as full-time weekend weather anchor in July 2014, effective that September.
In July 2014, Bianna Golodryga announced she would be leaving ABC to take a correspondent role at Yahoo News. Paula Faris (who previously substituted for Golodryga in the spring of 2012, while she was on maternity leave) was named as Golodryga's replacement as weekend co-anchor.
Most weeks, the GMA Weekend shows originate from the main ABC News set at the ABC Television Center in Manhattan's Lincoln Square neighborhood rather than Times Square Studios; the set's large rear-projection screen is used to project the Times Square background seen in the background of the weekday GMA to provide continuity. Previously the weekend edition of "GMA" was also aired from the Times Square Studio but was moved to the ABC News set to cut costs.
On September 10, 2016, Sara Haines left the program as lifestyle anchor to take a full-time position as co-host of ABC's The View and was later replaced by Adrienne Bankert.
In July 2018, Paula Faris left the program, as well as The View, to accept a new role within ABC News.
In September 2018, Ron Claiborne left the program after co-hosting since its 2004 inception (and ABC News after 32 years).
On October 5, 2019, the Saturday edition of GMA expanded to two hours (thus meeting the runtimes of Weekend Today and CBS This Morning Saturday), with around 100 affiliates carrying the full program in some form (either the entire duration or in two separate timeslots) by the end of the year. The expansion comes as the FCC's reforms of regulations of children's television programming will allow stations to carry Litton's Weekend Adventure in the 6 a.m. local timeslot, opening up the time period once the college football season ends.
On August 8, 2021, Harris announced that he would be leaving ABC News
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