Rob Marciano said goodbye to “Entertainment Tonight” on Wednesday with a smile.
He is leaving his job as “ET” co-host to join ABC News’ “Weekend Good Morning America” as its new senior meteorologist. He will also join ABC News’ extreme weather team headed up by Ginger Zee. As part of the team, Marciano will appear across other ABC News properties.
“The Insider’s” Kevin Frazier will replace Marciano.
TheWrap was the first to report that Marciano would be leaving “ET.” During his farewell on Wednesday, Marciano confirmed TheWrap’s report that Marciano wanted to return to his meteorology and weather reporting roots.
After a lovely goodbye from co-host Nancy O’Dell, Marciano said, “This is where I came from, weather. I’m just kind of going back to that.”
He continued, “What I learned from Nancy O’Dell and all the incredible journalists at ‘ET,’ it’s been such a phenomenal ride. But, weather is my true passion and I have to get back to it.”
Marciano, 46, was hired at “ET” in January 2013 to replace Mark Steines.
Before joining “ET,” Marciano worked as a meteorologist and weather reporter at CNN for 10 years. His reports on the cable network about Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico earned him a Peabody Award.
Prior to CNN, he served as chief meteorologist for KATU-TV in Portland, Ore., and also worked as a weather reporter at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, La., and WVIT in West Hartford, Conn.
Watch ET’s farewell to Marciano above.