Josh Elliott Opens Up About Leaving Good Morning America

(Extra) "Extra" special correspondent Charissa Thompson spoke one-on-one with Josh Elliott at this weekend's Kentucky Derby. Josh opening up about leaving "Good Morning America" and his new role at NBC Sports.

Josh saying he was excited to be in Kentucky covering the derby and excited for his career at NBC Sports, "The great thing about this and really the reason I came to NBC Sports in the end, the sports are treated like events and the stories, they dive into them with a zeal." Josh also really looking forward to covering the Olympics, "I would be lying if I didn't say that I had my eye on a certain city in Brazil in a couple years."

Josh setting the record straight about his departure from "GMA," "I had wonderful offer from ABC on the table and I had a wonderful offer from NBC Sports on the table…There was not gonna be a bad choice, it was just gonna be which great choice was best for me…This was a great thing for me in the end to do."

When asked if he is happy with his decision Josh said, "Very, like over the moon happy." Josh continued, "I realize what happened in the immediate aftermath of my departure…It was interesting for me to see this very deeply personal choice of mine become almost this bit player in this grander melodrama 99% of which was just whole cloth fiction, it became good reading for me."

Charissa asked, "Which headline was false?" Josh "I don't know that we have enough time to work through them all…I left dear dear friends at ABC News, people I talk to still several times a week, but I needed to come to this because I didn't want to look back and say to myself wow you could have done that."

Josh saying his relationship with ABC is good, "Look, they made a great offer and I understand that finding the right team on any ensemble show is paramount…I understand that as hard as it was for me to leave it might have been hard for folks there to see me go, I root for them every day."

As far as speculation that Josh may end up on the "Today Show," possibly taking over for Matt Lauer, Josh made it clear he is an NBC Sports employee saying, "None of that is going to happen…Unless the "Today Show" becomes under the aegis of NBC Sports, I came here to be a part of a great team." more on this story

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