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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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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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REPORT: Clayton Echard Cast as the Next ‘Bachelor’ for its Upcoming 26th Season

After all the turmoil of the previous ‘Bachelor’ seasons, it looks like the ABC reality-dating competition may have found their man.

Multiple sources are reporting that Clayton Echard, who no one has seen yet, and who appears as a suitor in Michelle Young’s season of The Bachelorette, has actually been given the nod to be the lead in the new upcoming 26th season of the series.

On Wednesday, leaked photos appeared online of Echard with a camera crew by E! News  questioning if he would be the new “Bachelor.”

Variety is saying that their sources are saying Echard is ABC’s choice for the lead, but that no official announcement will be forthcoming especially since Young’s season of The Bachelorette which bows October 19th had not even begun.

What we can glean on Echard from his Instagram page is that he is 28-years-old and from Missouri and played college football at U of Missouri and was signed as pro to play with tight end with the Seattle Seahawks, but he is now an orthopaedic saleman.

So, will you be watching the new season of The Bachelor when it comes around most likely in January 2022? Comment below.

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