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Lara Spencer's 'GMA' Big Board Hilariously Freezes on Pic of Tweeting Pope (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 29th 2011 12:20PM
Lara Spencer on 'Good Morning America'Pope Benedict got a lot of press for sending his first Tweet on Tuesday. He is not, however, a crying child model or Prince Harry. Those are the stories Lara Spencer was trying to cover Wednesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) during her Pop News segment, but the electronic board behind her would not move off a graphic heralding the Twittering Pontiff.

"Why is the pope up?" said Spencer, standing in front of the touch screen and trying to bring up a new graphic. "Let's go back to my big board. Let's go. People? Hello? Well, all right, I'm going to give you the news and the board will find itself." Spencer plodded ahead with the story about a little boy on a fashion runway who cried while modeling, asking viewers to try to imagine the scene.

When Spencer finished that story and tried to move on to an item about Prince Harry, the board had still not yet righted itself. "He is insanely popular with the single ladies," she began, Pope Benedict's mug still looming hilariously behind her. "Smart Screen was not so smart this morning," quipped George Stephanopoulos.

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George Stephanopoulos and Michele Bachmann Spar Over the Founding Fathers and Slavery (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 5:00PM
George Stephanopoulos and Michele Bachmann on 'Good Morning America' Michele Bachmann has only been an officially-declared presidential candidate for 36 hours, but she's already on the defensive over her propensity for making controversial, factually dubious statements. Monday, the news cycle feasted after she gaffed by mistaking the home town of serial killer John Wayne Gacy for that of film legend John Wayne. Tuesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), George Stephanopoulos pressed her on a statement she made months ago that the founding fathers had "worked tirelessly to end slavery."

"You have the worst record of making false statements of any of the leading contenders," Stephanopoulos said. Challenging Bachmann on the statement concerning slavery, Stephanopoulos pointed out that many of the founding fathers, including Washington and Jefferson, were slaveholders.

Bachmann first responded evasively. "What our Constitution has done for our nation is to give us the basis of freedom unparalleled in the rest of the world," Bachmann replied. "That's what people want to get back to because they realize that our government is taking away our freedom."

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Stephanopoulos Says He's 'Shocked' by Anthony Weiner's Behavior on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 16th 2011 5:25PM
George Stephanopoulos discusses Anthony Weiner on 'The View'Anthony Weiner resigned his position as U.S. Representative Thursday in the wake of a scandal that involved his sending lewd photos of himself to women via Twitter. His behavior shocked many, including 'Good Morning America' co-host George Stephanopoulos, who spoke on the subject Thursday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC).

"I was, you know, as shocked as anybody else just by the compulsion that he demonstrated," said Stephanopoulos. "You heard the first story, said 'Well, this might be true.' But then he came out and talked to every single reporter in the country and said it's not true, I'm the victim here. That's what surprised me."

Just hours after Weiner's resignation, Sherri Sherpherd wondered if he could recover from the scandal. Stephanopoulos noted that Weiner has spent his whole working life in politics and he is a smart guy. But he made the point that before he did anything else, Weiner would have to get himself straightened out and settle things with his family.

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Today's Trump Birther Brouhaha: 'Obama and His Minions' Have 'Co-Opted You' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 19th 2011 3:10PM
Donald Trump on 'Good Morning America'Donald Trump insisted Tuesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) that President Obama's birth certificate is "not a big focus of my campaign." Yet when George Stephanopoulos pressed him on the issue, things got contentious and bizarre.

"There's a real question about the birth certificate," Trump said. Stephanopoulos pushed back, citing the president's certificate of live birth and 40-year-old birth announcements in Hawaii newspapers as evidence of his U.S. citizenship. Then things got weird. Trump said, "George, they have co-opted you." Pressed to define who "they" are, Trump said he was referring to "Obama and his minions."

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Jenn Sterger Tells 'GMA' She Has Never Met Brett Favre (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 12th 2011 1:00PM
Jenn Sterger on 'Good Morning America'Jenn Sterger and Brett Favre are linked in a sordid scandal that tarnished the former quarterback's image and reputation. Today on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Sterger sought to clear up the details of the story from her point of view, claiming that Favre harassed her, sending her text messages and nude photographs.

In her interview with George Stephanopoulos, Sterger said she sought advice during the alleged harassment, and she was repeatedly told that if she valued her job as a New York Jets employee, she wouldn keep quiet. She also said that she has never met Favre personally. "I don't know him," Sterger said. "We've never met. There's never been an introduction."

The closest Sterger and Favre have ever been, she said, was passing each other in the tunnels at Giants Stadium. When Stephanopoulos asked if she had sent Favre a response asking him to confirm the texts were from him by smiling at her, she claimed she could not remember.

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Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos Ignore Juju Chang on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 24th 2011 12:30PM
Juju Chang reads a story about technology meant to prevent drivers from getting distracted by cell phones, then tosses to Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC). But, in an ironic turn of events, the anchors get distracted by a private conversation and fail miserably at a segue.

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Jamie Foxx Teaches George Stephanopoulos to Rap on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 20th 2010 12:15PM
Jamie Foxx tries to teach George Stephanopoulos a portion of his song 'Yep That's Me' on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), but the anchor's ability to rap proves a bit lacking.

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Colin Quinn, Carrie Fisher Point Out Julian Assange's Resemblance to Neil Patrick Harris (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 10th 2010 2:15PM
Neil Patrick Harris: Actor, singer and ... evil incarnate? Colin Quinn and Carrie Fisher joke on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) that WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange is an unappealing character, particularly because of his resemblance to Harris.

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Christine O'Donnell Hopes Hillary Clinton Runs For President in 2012 (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 30th 2010 1:15PM
Appearing on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7 AM ET on ABC), Christine O'Donnell told George Stephanopoulos that she was so impressed with the way Hillary Clinton responded to the Wikileaks scandal that she hopes the current Secretary of State runs for President in 2012.

"I hope she runs for president," O'Donnell said. "I would love to see her take out Obama in the primary. I would even be tempted to change my registration so that I could vote for her in the Democratic primary."

O'Donnell then added that while she would ultimately vote for the candidate the Republicans nominate for president in 2012, her primary vote for Hillary wouldn't be because she would be easier for the GOP to beat, but because O'Donnell believes Clinton would be a better president for the country than Barack Obama.

With this endorsement from the most prominent member of our nation's not-a-witch community in her pocket, we can only imagine that Hillary is now seriously considering a 2012 run.

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Donald Trump Tells 'GMA' He Will Decide About Presidential Run by June (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 18th 2010 12:53PM
Donald Trump on 'Good Morning America'Donald Trump is an expert at self-promotion. So when he appeared on 'Good Morning America' (Weekdays, 7AM on ABC) this morning to talk about his possible presidential aspirations, it was understandable that George Stephanopoulos asked if the move might be publicity related.

Trump said he is considering "things," that he would make a decision by June, and that if he ran, it would be as a Republican and that he would spare no expense. "I would spend a lot," he said. Stephanopoulos asked if there might be another reality show in it.

"No," said Trump. "I've done very well. I've had a show that for many nights was the number one show in television. I don't need that."

He was only referring to the actual presidential race, though. If he wins, get ready for season one of 'Celebrity Secretary of State.'

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Brandy and Maks Still Coming to Terms With Shocking 'Dancing With the Stars' Elimination (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 17th 2010 2:00PM
Still trying to make sense of their shocking elimination on last night's 'Dancing With the Stars,' Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy appeared on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 9 AM on ABC) this morning. The pair, looking confused and somewhat wounded by the results, were clearly grappling with the unfairness of the past 48 hours, which saw them land a perfect score on the tango from the judges but still get eliminated from the show on Tuesday night.

Host George Stephanopoulos asked if they were frustrated by the process. "It is what it is," Maks said. People vote, that's the beauty of our show, but it's also the downer a little bit ... I'm a trained ballroom dancer, trained with the idea of a racer, that if you cross the finish line first you win. In this case, you cross the finish line first, somebody barely finishes, and then you get a tie because they showed heart. It's difficult to deal with."

Maks does make a good point. What's the purpose of having a judges panel if their scores are proved meaningless by audience voting? Critics today are arguing that this vote shows 'Dancing With the Stars' may not be about the dancing at all, but is really just a popularity contest. Then again, the incredible audience engagement is a big part of the show's success, and Bristol Palin has a highly motivated, national fan-base that has carried her through the competition.

George closed the interview by asking the team who they thought would win. On this pivotal question, Maks deferred to Brandy. "I hope Kyle wins," she said. We'll let you guys draw your own conclusions on that one.

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Rick Sanchez Breaks His Silence on 'Good Morning America' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 8th 2010 1:11PM
In his first public appearance since CNN fired him for calling Jon Stewart a "bigot" and for implying Jewish people control the news media, Rick Sanchez sat down with George Stephanopoulos on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays 7 AM ET on ABC) to try to explain himself.

Sanchez reiterated the apology his PR people put out on Tuesday, and added that he was "tired," before appearing on the radio show on which he made the offensive comments. He then he took full responsibility for his firing, adding "I screwed up."

Sanchez also conceded that Stewart, who often made fun of Sanchez on the 'Daily Show,' really got to him.

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George Stephanopoulos Wiggles His Hips on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Sep 22nd 2010 12:45PM
While reporting on David Hasselhoff's ouster from 'Dancing With the Stars,' George Stephanopoulos attempts an awkward hip wiggle while seated behind the anchor desk on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC). Co-host Robin Roberts can't help but notice, and takes the opportunity to made a snide comment.

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Bill O'Reilly Sounds Off On His Mixed Feelings About The Tea Party Movement (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 14th 2010 3:05PM
Bill O'Reilly was on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) Tuesday to promote his book 'Pinheads and Patriots.' The Fox News personality discussed with George Stephanopoulos his opinion of the Tea Party movement.

"I say in 'Pinheads and Patriots' that the Tea Party are primarily patriots because they go out and tell people what they believe and they get involved -- that's patriotic," O'Reilly said. "I don't care really what your ideology is, if you are out there and you are sincere and you are telling people 'This the way I see my country and I want to improve it,' you're a patriot."

However, there was a "however." O'Reilly cautioned Tea-Partiers that buying into Obama birtherism and personal attacks against the President could hurt their core message.

"If the tea party people basically attack President Obama personally that diminishes their movement," O'Reilly argued. "If they say he's a Muslim if they say he was born in -- where -- Indonesia, this really hurts their overall message of 'Get off our back.'"

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Meghan McCain: Sarah Palin Brought Drama and Panic to 2008 Campaign (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 31st 2010 3:07PM
Meghan McCain was on 'Good Morning America' (Weekdays, 7 AM ET on ABC) Tuesday to promote her new book "Dirty Sexy Politics," and she had some interesting things to say about Sarah Palin.

McCain confirmed to George Stephanopoulos that she believed Palin -- who she had avoided talking about since the election -- ended up hurting her dad's presidential campaign, although added "we did not lose because of her."

"I'm speaking out now because I do have conflicting feelings about (Palin)," Meghan explained. "She brought so much momentum and enthusiasm to the campaign. You saw the crowds double and you saw a lot more women coming to the rallies."

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