'Good Morning America' says goodbye to Elliott

FILE - This Aug. 30, 2012 file image released by ABC shows former "Good Morning America" co-host Josh Elliott on the popular morning show in New York. Elliott says his decision to leave ABC’s “Good Morning America” for NBC is a “deeply personal” move to get back to sports. NBC Sports on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, officially introduced him as a new hire to work on future Olympics, NFL football and other events. He turned down an offer to remain at ABC’s top-rated morning show, where he was a key player in its rise past the “Today” show. Elliott said he’s discussed no role at NBC News, including at “Today.” He said the fallout from his defection from ABC has been painful. (AP Photo/ABC, Fred Lee, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's "Good Morning America" is saying goodbye to Josh Elliott — minus Josh Elliott.

The top-rated morning show paid a brief tribute to its departed news anchor on Thursday's show. Elliott left last weekend for a job at NBC Sports, turning down an offer to stay at ABC.

With Elliott now in the employ of another network, he didn't appear on ABC's set Thursday. The show ran a series of clips from his time on the show, including when he met Pope Francis and had an animal poop on his shoulder. Said Robin Roberts: "We love you!"

The show maintained the appearance of a happy broadcast "family" after a personnel move that caused some off-screen bitterness.