'Good Morning America': Why Dan Harris Is Leaving the ABC Show After 21 Years

Dan Harris has revealed that he is leaving Good Morning America after 21 years at the news channel.

At the end of Sunday's broadcast, Harris announced that he would be departing the program in two-months time to focus on his company Ten Percent Happier.

The journalist explained to viewers: "This was a difficult decision for me, as some of you may know I have been working on my extracurricular gig, my side-hustle, a meditation company called Ten Percent Happier.

"It's been a lot to juggle, and even though I'm a public proponent of having a good work/life balance if I'm honest I've been struggling to follow my own advice.

"So, I recently asked ABC's management to let me out of my contract early which will allow me to fully focus on Ten Percent Happier."

Reflecting on his time on the program, Harris claimed he had "become an adult" on the show and said he saw his colleagues as being "a family" to him.

He added: "This show, Weekend GMA, has been a highlight in my life, my colleagues have become like a family and I really do love these people, I'm going to miss them horribly."

Harris also stipulated that while he is going to be leaving, he is keen to "enjoy" the two months he has left.

Correspondent for ABC News, Dan Harris
Correspondent for ABC News, Dan Harris, attends AOL Build Presents: "Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World" at AOL Studios on July 7, 2015 in New York City. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

After his announcement, Whit Johnson praised Harris as an "inspiration and mentor for all of us" and added that they were "truly grateful" to him for his time on the program.

On Twitter, ABC News said: "We are going to miss you, but wish you and @10percent all the best!"

Harris created company Ten Percent Happier following the success of his book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works – a True Story in 2014.

He then launched a meditation app a year after the book's release, which helps teach meditation and mindfulness to its users.

As well as the app, Harris also works on podcasts for Ten Percent Happier where he speaks with other meditators.

In 2017, Harris also co-authored the book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book with Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler.

The journalist first joined ABC News in 2000 and has worked on a number of programs over his two-decade career with the company.

He anchored World News Sunday from 2006 to 2011, and has also anchored ABC World News Tonight, World News, and Nightline.

Harris became a co-anchor on Good Morning America's weekend edition in October 2010, and he currently works alongside Johnson, Eva Pilgrim, Janai Norman, and Rob Marciano on the show.