Diane Sawyer exits from `Good Morning America'

NEW YORK (AP) - December 11, 2009

Sawyer isn't going far; she will replace the retiring Charles Gibson at "World News." George Stephanopoulos will replace her starting Monday.

In promising a show of salutes, co-anchor Robin Roberts urged viewers to "put on some waterproof mascara." Then her eyes welled up; the two women have worked together on the anchor desk since 2005.

Said Sawyer: "My heart is smiling and the privilege of sharing my mornings with all of you has been more than I can say."

It was also newsreader Chris Cuomo's last day, which wasn't mentioned during the show's first half hour.

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