ABC is adding a third hour of “Good Morning America” to its daytime lineup and canceling “The Chew” to make room for it.

The third hour of “GMA,” which will actually air in the afternoon in most of the country, will debut in the 2018-19 season. “The Chew” will air through September but will shut down production at the end of this season after seven years.

“Over the past six years ‘Good Morning America’ has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show,” Disney Media Networks co-chairman and Disney|ABC Television president Ben Sherwood says in a statement. “We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.

“While this is the right decision for our business, it is also bittersweet. For seven years ‘The Chew’ has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere. We applaud and thank [executive producers] Gordon Elliott, Aimee Householder, [hosts] Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”

The third hour of “GMA” will take over the spot where “The Chew” aired on most ABC affiliates, 1 p.m. ET and noon CT/PT. That will leave room for “The View” to stay in its late-morning spot and for affiliates’ midday news and syndicated programming to stay in place.

A premiere date, official title for the third hour and anchors will be announced later.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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