WORD has begun to circulate in the TV world that Diane Sawyer may not be long for her "Good Morning America" host job.
Sawyer has an out in her contract that would allow her to leave the show - and perhaps the network - next year, according to reliable reports.
"She's retained entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman - not a move you make if you're a happy camper," Max Robbins, editor of the authoritative trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable, wrote in a column that appears today.
"Odds are that Sawyer is a short-timer and will be toiling elsewhere this time next year," he writes. "My educated guess: CNN."
It is only the latest insider report that Sawyer is unhappy that her successful partnership with Charlie Gibson has been broken up.
Gibson has been named ABC's new "World News Tonight" anchorman, starting this week.
"Primetime," ABC's longtime news magzine, no longer has a weekly time slot on the network schedule, which has led many to think Sawyer has nowhere to go within ABC and will start looking elsewhere.
ABC officials have insisted in the past that Sawyer has "a long-term contract" with the network and is not going anywhere.