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Sam Champion is leaving 'Good Morning America'

8:48 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
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Cloudy skies ahead for Good Morning America viewers.

Why? Because Sam Champion is leaving!

ABC News President Ben Sherwood announced Monday that Champion is moving on - to become the "on-air face" of The Weather Channel, appearing as a host and serving as managing editor.

Tweeted Champion: "Only an amazing opportunity like this at @weatherchannel cld take me away from my @ABC family of 25 yrs and @GMA #blessedlife."

For 25 years, Champion, 52, has been part of ABC News. He joined GMA in 2006. Notes Sherwood, "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."

He has "broadcast live from a raft floating between polar icebergs, danced the salsa on Despierta America and interviewed countless newsmakers, celebrities and chefs. On his show Sea Rescue, viewers have shared Sam's passion for marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and release."

But sunny skies are in the future. Sherwood says meteorologist Ginger Zee, who has filled in for and worked with Champion over the years, will take over his weather responsibilities at GMA and across ABC News.

Champion's last day on GMA will be Wednesday.

USA Today

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