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Sam Champion Exits Good Morning America For The Weather Channel!

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While we previously reported several of the anchors of ABC’s Good Morning America contracts were up for renewal, and several were in negotiations, one of them, weatherman Sam Champion has decided to bolt ABC and head to the Weather Channel!

Champion will relocate from New York City to Atlanta for the new gig which gives him the opportunity to be Managing Editor of the Weather Channel, plus launch his own new morning show and more!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Champion is leaving ABC News, where he has been for 25 years, for a robust new role at The Weather Channel, which is a division of the NBCUniversal News Group. He’ll anchor a new flagship morning program, set to launch early next year. And he’ll assume managing editor responsibilities a the channel, which has increasingly sought to become a destination during times other than periodical weather disasters.”

Ginger Zee will now replace Champion in the weather role on GMA!  40th Annual Daytime Emmy viewers will recall this past June, Sam was one of the co-hosts of the awards program on HLN, which honors the best in daytime programing!

ABC News President, Ben Sherwood in a company-wide email related:  “Sam is leaving to become the “on-air face” of the network, which Champion himself characterized as a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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Sherwood went on to say: “Over the years at GMA, Sam has broadcast more than 1,800 weather forecasts. He has traveled to almost every major weather event in the U.S. As many of you know, Sam’s ‘Go’ bag is always ready and his stellar reporting during Superstorm Sandy contributed to ABC’s Peabody Award for coverage of that historic storm!”

Weather Channel President David Clark stated on the acquisition of Champion: “Sam is already one of the top names in morning television, as well as one of the country’s most respected and trusted weather reporters. He will add a great deal to our network and be a great addition to our already proven and stellar team of talented weather professionals. With his commitment to understanding, predicting and explaining the power of weather in our lives, Sam perfectly embodies The Weather Channel’s brand philosophy, ‘It’s Amazing Out There.’”

So, what do you think of Sam Champion departing Good Morning America for Weather Channel?  Will you miss him on GMA?  Weigh-in!

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Jake NJ
Jake NJ

Sad…love Sam. I hope Josh does not leave too. These seem to be tight friends

moshane58
moshane58

Glad I’ll get to see him again since I no longer watch ABC except GH…

mo
mo

No, I won’t miss him.

lorenzo
lorenzo

my boyfriend looks like sam champion, but my boyfriend is 39 years old, and im 26. sam is one fine hot man. lol. when i go out for dinner with my man, people look at my boyfriend, and say you look like sam champion. i say yes he does, and he is my man. i tell them look at him, but dont touch him. lol.

Ann
Ann

I really love the good morning america family..Sam you will be deeply :(:(:missed. Good Luck!!

Lew S
Lew S

He will be missed.

Marc R. Jimenez
Marc R. Jimenez

Awww Love Sam he’ll be missed dearly but great news on his new Adventures we’ll always watch the Weather Channel when getting up ready to go to work …. He’ll fit find in there group so we will be watch n SAM huggggs from all of us here in Tampa Bay FL ………..God Bless u Always he made such great Friends over at GMA !!!!!!!

kaffe
kaffe

I thought Sam was away with his significant other?

Well I enjoyed him on GMA!!!

Jonathan
Jonathan

I’ll miss the many years of seeing him in the gym locker room after GMA!

Daisy
Daisy

I am sure they will just replace him with another laughing hyena that will talk when everybody else is talking. Sam has looked embarrased lately at some of the behavior on that show. I wish him well.

ethel
ethel

tomorrow 12/4/2013 will be a sad day because it’s sam’s last day on gma – he is such a big part of gma & he will definitely be missed!

this is such a well deserved opportunity for sam – i know he will exceed the weather channels expectations……….

Peggy Holland
Peggy Holland

I missed viewing the news for awhile and when I did the first person I missed was Sam.
Every morning I looked for Sam but no Sam. Today I decided to google him and found
Out he had left! I will definitely miss him as he was my favorite. I wish him must success
In his new career. Good-bye Sam and may God forever bless you.

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Drew Barrymore Daytime Talk Show Pilot In The Works

This fall, new talkers from Tamron Hall and Kelly Clarkson will be part of the daytime television landscape, and now comes word that Drew Barrymore may enter the space with a new talk show for her that is in development with the pilot being shot this coming week.

According to Variety, details of the proposed one-hour show are not all clear, but Drew is said to be one of the executive producers of the pilot episode and yet there is no showrunner attached to the project at this time.  Barrymore’s company, Flower Films is likely attached as well.

Back in 2016, Barrymore had a deal in place with Warner Brothers Telepictures for a talk show, but that never came to pass, in part to a lukewarm response from TV station groups at that time.

However now the new regime at CBS’ syndication arm is said to have ‘high hopes’ for the show and they feel that Drew will appeal and do well in the daytime arena.

Barrymore recently appeared in her third season of  Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet in its 30 episode season. Through her Flower Films she was been an executive producer on unscripted series including TLC’s Rattled and VH1’s Tough Love.

So, would you be interested. or intrigued to see what kind of show Drew Barrymore has to offer in daytime? Think she would be a good host? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Ratings Winner With Phoebe is Beth Reveal

Great news for The Bold and the Beautiful and their long-awaited payoff: that the little girl being raised by Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) as “Phoebe” is really Liam (Scott Clifton) and Hope’s (Annika Noelle) daughter, Beth, who they believed had died in the long and twisty baby switch storyline.

B&B was the highest rated daytime television show in the key 25-54 womens demo and the first time in the 32-year-old history of the CBS sudser that it has been atop of that demo. That is not only among the network soaps but all series genres in daytime for the week of August 5-9 –  quite the feat.

During the ratings week, Liam figured out that Phoebe was Beth, and eventually after Thomas’ (Matt Atkinson) manipulations told Hope the truth.

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All this goes to show that as frustrated as viewers get wanting the truth to come out in a story they follow; when it finally does, they are along for the ride. Something B&B executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell does exceptionally well with big umbrella storylines that hold major ramifications for many on the canvas.

Congrats to Brad and the B&B team!

So, what do you think of BOLD’s performance in the ratings for the big week in story? Comment below

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Kelly Monaco Addresses Billy Miller’s Departure From GH

In a post via her twitter account, General Hospital’s Kelly Monaco (Sam) shared her heartbreak on her longtime scene partner, Billy Miller’s (Drew) exit from the ABC daytime drama series.  This was the first time that Kelly addressed the situation in a public forum.

Miller came on to GH back in 2014 as Jason Morgan, following the departure of Steve Burton, who then wound up on Y&R.  When Burton returned to GH in 2017, Miller’s part was then turned-in-to, Jason’s twin, Drew Cain.

Through a great portion of Miller’s run on GH, he was paired romantically on -screen with Monaco and the duo were, and have remained, one of the most popular duo’s in daytime.

Monaco expressed the following in her message: “I feel like I have to address this situation. #BillyMiller ‘s untimely departure from #gh. Honestly, I can not come up with the words to describe how I feel about this decision… a decision that may not be what our audience thinks to be true. I’m heartbroken… more to come.”

Share your thoughts on Kelly’s message via the comment section below.

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