TJ Holmes puts protective arm around Amy Robach at Atlanta airport

Smiling and chatting co-hosts and lovers TJ Holmes and Amy Robach touched down at the airport in Atlanta on Monday morning, ready to spend an intimate New Year’s together.

Seen in these exclusive pictures obtained by DailyMail.com the couple, whose careers hang in the balance since their affair was outed last month, were affectionate and at ease as they disembarked a morning flight from New York.

DailyMail.com has been told that they are planning to spend New Year’s together in Georgia, and they seemed glad to have left New York City behind as they relaxed in each other’s company this morning.

Dressed casually, at one point Holmes, 45, put a protective arm around Robach, 49, as they navigated their way through the busy Atlanta terminal.

Smiling and chatting co-hosts and lovers TJ Holmes and Amy Robach touched down at the airport in Atlanta on Monday morning, ready to spend an intimate New Year’s together

Dressed casually, at one point Holmes, 45, put a protective arm around Robach, 49, as they navigated their way through the busy Atlanta terminal

Dressed casually, at one point Holmes, 45, put a protective arm around Robach, 49, as they navigated their way through the busy Atlanta terminal

Holmes kept his hand on Robach's shoulder as they strolled through the terminal

Holmes kept his hand on Robach’s shoulder as they strolled through the terminal

DailyMail.com has been told that they are planning to spend New Year's together in Georgia

DailyMail.com has been told that they are planning to spend New Year’s together in Georgia

The GMA co-hosts seemed glad to have left New York City behind as they relaxed in each other's company on Monday morning

The GMA co-hosts seemed glad to have left New York City behind as they relaxed in each other’s company on Monday morning

ABC has yet to make a final decision on whether either or both will return to their lunchtime show since they were suspended ‘indefinitely’ following the revelation that their well-publicized friendship and on-screen chemistry had ‘crossed the line.’

And as the pair prepare to step into 2023 together, they may breathe a sigh of relief to leave behind a year in which their affair has left both of their 12-year marriages in tatters and heading for divorce.

Holmes has a house in Atlanta where the couple had planned to spend Christmas. It is not known whether those plans were derailed by the bomb cyclone that grounded thousands of flights or the whirlwind of scandal in which they are embroiled.

Robach and Holmes planned to spend Christmas in Atlanta where he owns a home, but it's not clear if those plans were derailed by the bomb cyclone that grounded thousands of flights

Robach and Holmes planned to spend Christmas in Atlanta where he owns a home, but it’s not clear if those plans were derailed by the bomb cyclone that grounded thousands of flights

Robach is seen smiling in the terminal as she and Holmes touched down

Robach is seen smiling in the terminal as she and Holmes touched down

Certainly, the couple initially kept their distance in the immediate aftermath of the story breaking with sources questioning whether the relationship could survive the onslaught of attention.

But, just days before Christmas, they seemed unable to keep away from each other as they enjoyed a low key lunch at the Capitale Grill near Holmes’s apartment in the Financial District.

Robach had a salad and a glass of white wine while Holmes enjoyed a steak and a glass of red before, seemingly buoyed by the wine and conversation, the loved up pair made the short walk back to his apartment.

The giddiness of their earlier liaisons, whether flirting in midtown bars or holding hands in the back of taxis, was lacking as they walked side-by-side but not touching.

But it was a different story as they emerged from the restaurant smiling and tucked into each other.

Just days before Christmas, Holmes and Robach seemed unable to keep away from each other as they enjoyed a low key lunch at the Capitale Grill near Holmes's apartment in the Financial District

Just days before Christmas, Holmes and Robach seemed unable to keep away from each other as they enjoyed a low key lunch at the Capitale Grill near Holmes’s apartment in the Financial District

The pair grabbed lunch at The Capital Grille, where they did not seem too concerned about being seen as they opted to sit at the restaurant bar among other diners

The pair grabbed lunch at The Capital Grille, where they did not seem too concerned about being seen as they opted to sit at the restaurant bar among other diners

Both Holmes and Robach have been married to their respective spouses, Marilee Fiebig and Andrew Shue, since 2010. Both couples are said to have split up in August this year after learning of the co-hosts’ romance.

At first Robach and Holmes seemed determined to brazen it out – with TJ sparking disbelief when he appeared alongside Robach and made light of the scandal after their relationship became public.

Then, speaking on Friday December 2 he joked that it had been ‘a great week’ and that he wished it would ‘just keep going.’

Their next move was to claim that they were, ‘openly dating’ and talk about ‘growing their relationship.’

When Holmes was first approached for comment by DailyMail.com, his knee-jerk reaction was a career saving attempt to ‘adamantly deny’ the relationship existed at all.

Sources told DailyMail.com that while the two have accepted the fate of their marriages, they don’t want to ‘jeopardize their futures with the network any more than they already have.’

ABC News President Kim Godwin started earlier this month by issuing a memo to all staff in an apparent attempt to tamp down office speculation and gossip over what she referred to euphemistically as the ‘on-going matter involving GMA 3 anchors TJ Holmes and Amy Robach. ‘

Andrew Shue and Robach

Marilee Fiebig and Holmes

Both Holmes and Robach have been married to their respective spouses, Marilee Fiebig and Andrew Shue, since 2010. Both couples are said to have split up in August this year after learning of the co-hosts’ romance

The pair spent a weekend shacked up in a cozy cottage in the Shawangunk Mountain region, checking out of their rental on Sunday November 13. Holmes was seen giving his lover a playful squeeze from behind as she packed up the car

The pair spent a weekend shacked up in a cozy cottage in the Shawangunk Mountain region, checking out of their rental on Sunday November 13. Holmes was seen giving his lover a playful squeeze from behind as she packed up the car

The couple were caught by DailyMail.com in a rare PDA moment as they held hands in the back of an Uber while heading to Robach's apartment

The couple were caught by DailyMail.com in a rare PDA moment as they held hands in the back of an Uber while heading to Robach’s apartment

She wrote: ‘I understand that the continuing coverage can be distracting from the incredibly important work our team does here at ABC News.’

She informed staff, ‘Amy and TJ will remain off-air pending the completion of an internal review, and there will be a rotation of anchors at GMA3 for the time being.’

And while Godwin seems at pains to project an image of ‘business as usual,’ insiders say that Holmes and Robach are both keenly invested in salvaging their own careers.

Both were viewed as rising stars within the ABC firmament.

Holmes joined the network in September 2014 and became a permanent anchor on World News Now within three months as well as a correspondent for GMA.

Robach joined the network two years earlier, joining GMA as a correspondent before becoming the show’s news anchor in 2014.

In the days since they were pulled off the air, Amy Robach and TJ Holmes had been keeping their distance

In the days since they were pulled off the air, Amy Robach and TJ Holmes had been keeping their distance

Holmes is pictured before Christmas dressed casually in black sweats and a jean jacket while carrying a Christmas tree stand

Holmes is pictured before Christmas dressed casually in black sweats and a jean jacket while carrying a Christmas tree stand

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