What Time Do the Hosts of ‘Good Morning America’ Wake Up in the Morning?
Next time you’re having trouble getting out of bed at the crack of dawn, just imagine being the host of a morning show, as all of these TV stars wake up at ungodly hours in order to be on the air as you start brewing your cup of coffee.
On Good Morning America, for instance, Robin Roberts says she wakes up at 3:45 a.m. every morning to be prepared for the 7:00 a.m. start time. On Sundays, she told The Times that she tries to get into bed at 9:00 p.m., although it’s difficult for her, as “the sports person in me is nocturnal.” She also does work from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. preparing for the following morning and has a conference call from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Even on weekends, Roberts wakes up at 6:00 a.m., saying it’s not possible for her to sleep later than that. For most of us, that’s an early start, but if you’re the host of Good Morning America, it’s considered a luxury.
Roberts’ co-host, George Stephanopoulos, has her beat, though. He told The New York Times that he wakes up at 2:15 a.m. every day. He gets up that early so that he can meditate before work, he says.
Michael Strahan used to leave his house for Good Morning America at about 6:30 a.m., although he now needs to be in earlier ever since he joined the show full time. He said in 2016 that getting up so early was going to be the one thing he had the most trouble getting used to.
Lara Spencer, meanwhile, told Shape that she wakes up at 4:00 a.m. to get to work on the show, leaving her house at 4:45 and ending up in hair and makeup by 6:30. She also said that she’s in bed by 8:00 every night so that she can be up so early the next morning. Spencer recently cut back her time on the show to three days a week, though, so that’s two extra days when she can sleep in a bit more.
Although Amy Robach recently left Good Morning America, she, too, was waking up at 4:00 a.m. every morning when she was working there, according to Shape.
These wakeup times are about in line with all of the other morning news anchors. Savannah Guthrie, who hosts Today every morning at 7:00 a.m., told The New York Times that she wakes up at 3:00. Hoda Kotb said in 2015 that she wakes up at 4:00, although this was before she took over for Matt Lauer on the 7:00 hour, so this has likely changed.
Stephanopoulos’s 2:15 wakeup time may have sounded extreme, but there’s one person who beats him: Kathie Lee Gifford, who wakes up at 2:00 a.m., which is pretty surprising since her show doesn’t even come on until 10:00. Believe it or not, she says she doesn’t even use an alarm clock; she says her body just naturally wakes her up at 2:00, at which point she lays in bed for another two hours and properly gets up at 4:00.