September 30, 2014

T.J. Holmes: Popular Anchor Joins ABC News

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TV journalist T.J. Holmes has joined the team at ABC News.

The former CNN anchor and BET host made his official debut with ABC on “Good Morning America” on Friday, Sept. 26 doing a voiceover news package about an actress hiding on her roof from a stalker.

“GMA” anchor Robin Roberts introduced him as “ABC’s T.J. Holmes” and while his image was not featured in the news piece, his voice narrated the story.

Holmes also hosted the Insomniac Theater segment with correspondent Reena Ninan on Sept. 26, where they reviewed two new movies opening at the box office.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, the 37-year-old news man was officially welcomed to ABC by the weekend “Good Morning America” team.

A rep for ABC News confirmed to Richard Prince‘s Journal-isms column that Holmes had temporarily joined the network.

“TJ is filling in on the overnight and will likely do reports for GMA when stories break overnight,” ABC News spokesman Jeffrey W. Schneider said via email.

In 2011, the West Memphis, Ark.-bred talent left CNN after five years of anchoring their weekend morning show.

Holmes had a short-lived stint at BET from 2012 until 2013, where he hosted the highly-anticipated but ratings-challenged “Don’t Sleep.”  The late night talker was canceled after two short months.

The twice-married father of three, who once dated TLC singer Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, anchored George Zimmerman’s trial coverage for CNN’s sister network HLN in 2013.

Earlier this year, Holmes anchored a half-dozen episodes of  “MSNBC Live” and “Weekends with Alex Witt” for MSNBC.  He also provided contributing work to the NBC’s “Weekend Today” and guest co-hosted ABC’s “The View” twice.

T.J. Holmes & Reena Ninan hosting ABC News’ Insomniac Theater

VIDEO: Watch the clip from ABC News’ Insomniac Theater below.



  1. Ronald Fernberg

    A welcomed addition to early ABC news, very charming, articulate young, black, intelligent man, how refreshing! I just hope he can leave the left wing baggage & reporting that is part and parcel of CNN AWAY from ABC.IMHO.

  2. Grey

    Welcome TJ! I love seeing & listening to him when I turn on my TV when I’m unable to sleep.

  3. Sunshine

    Refreshing to see TJ on GMA. He adds so much to the cast of amazing anchors. Love you TJ Holmes!

  4. beverly gaston

    What a pleasant surprise when I turned on my tv @ 3:00am this morning and saw this very attractive, very articulate young black male on the screen. Hope he soon on tv at a more “decent” hour, so others can see and hear him….

  5. Cathy Malsch

    I’ve been watching TJ on GMA since he started and he is so annoying and arrogant. His whole demeanor is a huge turn off. I just don’t think he fits in with the rest of the anchors.

  6. edrebber

    T. J. Holmes is a racist. He stated that the people of Samoa will be watching the coconuts drop tonight to celebrate the new year on the ABC Overnight show this morning. If a TV anchor associated an African America with watching a watermelon drop they would be branded a racist and would likely never appear on TV again.

  7. Ken

    I find TJ Holmes nervous energy extremely irritating. Why is he always flailing his arms? I usually switch stations when he’s gone.

  8. jim

    He sucks so bad….is this the best abc can get? Yu kidding me…other nite doing newsreport he says “the house blowed up”… he actually graduated from college?…really obnoxious

  9. Ronnie

    I love the chemistry between T.J. & Reena on the Tech Bytes snippets! Give them their own show!

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