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George Stephanopoulos asks GMA co-star personal request during their time away from studios

The Good Morning America star is a doting dad-of-two

George Stephanopoulos in the GMA studios © Jeff Neira
Hanna Fillingham
US Managing Editor
November 8, 2023
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George Stephanopoulos loves his family and this year, he and wife Ali Wentworth became empty nesters - something they are struggling with. 

The Good Morning America star's youngest daughter Harper, 18, went off to study in Nashville at Vanderbilt University, and is far away from home.

This made it all the more bittersweet for the doting dad on Wednesday November 8, when his co-star Lara Spencer dropped in via video call to the GMA studios, from Nashville ahead of her reporting on the CMAs. 

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Lara's own daughter, Katharine, is also enrolled at the same college, and George was quick to ask his co-star to check in on his daughter. 

"Say hi to Harper for me," he said during the segment. 

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George Stephanopoulos asked co-star Lara Spencer to "say hi" to his daughter Harper during her time in Nashville

Earlier in the week, George's wife shared a new photo of the pair looking somber while at home in New York City, and wrote in the caption that they were getting used to their new life without either daughter at home. 

"Trying to put on a brave front. #emptynesters," she wrote in the caption. In another recent post, Ali shared a picture of herself posing with her good friend Mariska Hargitay and Ayo Edebiri. 

George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth attend the 2023 Good+Foundation “A Very Good+ Night of Comedy” Benefit at Carnegie Hall on October 18, 2023 in New York City.© Getty Images
George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth became empty nesters this year

"I’m posting this to flip my daughters out! @therealmariskahargitay and I are sandwiching @ayoedebiri My daughters are obsessed. This will force them to FaceTime me!!!!! " she wrote in the caption. 

When Harper moved to Nashville in the fall, George opened up about the transition during a back to school segment on Good Morning America. 

George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth hold hands
George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth leaving daughter Harper at her new home in Nashville

"It's a huge adventure for Harper. She's never lived in Nashville before and the campus was amazing," he said, before adding: "Ali and I met and got married within nine months, and had a baby nine months later, so we've never known a house without kids really." 

The parents' advice for their youngest was to "go with the flow. Be engaged. Be curious." Ali, meanwhile, posted a number of photos of herself and George walking away from Harper's dorm on the college campus, hand in hand. 

George Stephanopoulos poses with his daughter Harper
George Stephanopoulos and his daughter Harper

"We dropped our baby off at college. Everyone is saying 'she's ready to launch'! But… I don't think I'm ready!" she penned. "I don't want to stop making pasta with vodka sauce, picking up wet towels, cuddling up to her familiar scent. As Joni Mitchell once wrote – 'the bed's too big, the frying pan too wide'." 

She continued: "I know our daughter will thrive. But man, it's brutal on the parents. If you feel inclined – please send me baked goods. I'll be under my covers." 

As well as Harper, George and Ali are also parents to 21-year-old daughter Elliott. She is in second year at Brown's University, somewhat closer to home.

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