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.

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