NEW YORK (AP) _ Kevin Newman, the co-host of ``Good Morning America,'' said his wife's diagnosis of multiple sclerosis put his worries about slipping ratings and replacement rumors in perspective.

``I don't mean to belittle what I do, but it's just TV,'' Newman said in the Dec. 5 issue of TV Guide. ``It's not my real life. What matters to me are the people I love. If I can continue sharing myself with the audience, great. If not, I'm still a whole person.''

Newman's wife, Cathy, was diagnosed with the chronic degenerative disorder in August. ``Right now, she is comfortable,'' he said.

Newman said he feels the strain of rumors he may not have his job for long as the ratings slide. He said he's been told he will stay through Christmas.

Asked about Newman's future, ABC News president David Westin said: ``We look forward to his continued contribution to `Good Morning America' and all ABC News programs.''