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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.”

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
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Jake NJ

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

moshane58
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moshane58

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

mo
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mo

No, I won’t miss him.

lorenzo
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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
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Ann

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

Lew S
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Lew S

He will be missed.

Marc R. Jimenez
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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
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kaffe

I thought Sam was away with his significant other?

Well I enjoyed him on GMA!!!

Jonathan
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Jonathan

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

Daisy
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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
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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
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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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Irene Cara, Best-Known For Smash Hits ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’, Dead at 63

Oscar and Grammy winner, Irene Cara has passed away.  The singer/songwriter/actress, known for her memorable vocal performances to the theme of the hit movie, Fame, and singing the title track to another 80’s blockbuster, Flashdance, apparently died in her Florida home yesterday. The cause of death is not yet known.

According to her publicist, Judith Moore on Twitter, the rep shared: “This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.  It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home.  Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

A little known fact is that Irene’s first acting gig was on the daytime drama, Love of Life from 1970-1971 in the role of Daisy Allen.   She later appeared in TV roles on: What’s Happening, Kojak, Roots: The Next Generations, and in the film, Sparkle and many more.

Later, Cara first rose to prominence when she was cast in the 1980’s musical film Fame, where she sang the title track and starred in as Coco Hernandez.  Her vocal performance in Fame earned her two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female in 1981.

Two years later, Cara not only picked up two Grammy Awards for her performance, but also an Oscar for  co-writing, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from another 80’s pop culture smash, Flashdance.  At the Grammys in 1984, Irene won for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Album of an Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.  She took home the Oscar for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1983.

Cara’s rep added, that at the time of Irene’s death they were working on new projects: “Working on amazing projects that would have made her  and her fans incredibly happy. Her manager and I will finish them. She’d want that.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances on the passing of Irene Cara via the comment section below.

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Y&R’s Michael Damian Drops New Single ‘Must Be Christmas’

Michael Damian, who is reprising his role as Danny Romalotti on upcoming episodes of The Young and the Restless, has also been very busy producing films including Netflix’s new holiday hit, Falling For Christmas.

Falling for Christmas stars Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet, and was directed by Michael’s wife, Janeen Damian.  In the film, Lohan plays a newly engaged and spoiled heiress who finds herself living away from the luxury she’s used to after an accident at a destination proposal gone wrong leaves her suffering from amnesia.

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On Black Friday, Damian revealed that his new single from the soundtrack of the film is out and dropped on Spotify and all music streaming platforms.

The track is titled, Must Be Christmas, and for all of Michael’s fans from his singing days as rock star, Danny Romalotti, you will enjoy getting to hear him sing all these years later.

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So, will you be adding Michael’s ‘Must Be Christmas’ to your holiday playlist? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley Stars in Netflix Holiday Movie ‘The Noel Diary’ That Drops Thanksgiving Day

Look for former Y&R and This Is Us star, Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, ex-Kevin) in a holiday film bowing tomorrow, November 24th on Thanksgiving Day.

In Netflix’s The Noel Diary, Hartley takes on the role of Jacob Turner, a successful novelist who gets a shocking phone call from his estranged mother’s lawyer. He informs Jacob that his mother has died.

Now, returning home to settle his mother’s estate, ‘Jake’ meets a young woman named Rachel (Station 19’s, Barrett Doss).  We find out she is searching for information on her birth mother, who she believes worked as the Turner family’s nanny many years ago.  As Jake and Rachel set out together to confront their pasts, an old diary may hold the key to unlocking their connection, while opening up their hearts to an unexpected future.

The Noel Diary also stars: Essence Atkins, Bonnie Bedelia, James Remar, and Treat Williams.

Hartley posted some pics from the film on his Instagram adding, “Sending out a few images from my upcoming film, #TheNoelDiary! Coming to @Netflix on November 24th.”

You can check out the trailer below.

Then let us know if ‘The Noel Diary’ may be on your watch list for Turkey Day via the comment section.

 

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