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Sam Champion and Bert the Conquerer Interrupt 'GMA' From a Scissor Lift (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 13th 2011 12:30PM
Bert Kreischer and Sam Champion take a ride on a scissor lift on 'Good Morning America'Back in May, Bert Kreischer (of 'Bert the Conqueror') terrified himself and Sam Champion by riding an old wooden roller coaster and a wild amusement park cliff swing. Wednesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Champion got his little revenge by putting Kreischer on a scissor lift that popped up outside the studio window during a segment.

Champion estimated the lift took them three and a half or four stories up. To Kreischer, it felt more like five. "I thought it was just the glare of the light," said Champion, "but Bert is actually bright red." Kreischer pointed out that birds were circling them as Champion said Kreischer genuinely doesn't like heights. "Or being on a fifty-foot roller skate," added Kreischer.

Regardless of Kreischer's overwhelming fear, he did say that Times Square looked "gorgeous" from their vantage point. Gorgeous enough that he wanted to look at it up close, from ground level.

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'Toddlers and Tiaras' Star Eden Wood Retires From Pageants, But Not Child Stardom (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 13th 2011 11:35AM
Eden and Mickie Wood of 'Toddlers & Tiaras' on 'Good Morning America'Imagine retiring at six years old. According to 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), 'Toddlers & Tiaras' star Eden Wood is doing just that, leaving behind the reality show and pageant scene. The piece said Wood (and, of course, her mother Mickie) is planning "her next big move." That will include a memoir, actions figures, and a canopy bed collection.

The 'GMA' correspondent asked Mickie if she thought she was teaching Eden that being famous is what's important. "No," said Mickie, "because so much of her life has nothing to do with that. As long as she enjoys what we're doing and what she's doing, mama's gonna keep doing it. If, you know, if it leads to the Miley Cyrus status or the Selena Gomez or whoever, so be it. If it doesn't, that's fine, too."

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Kody Brown and Wives To Challenge Utah Polygamy Law, Reports 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 12th 2011 11:45AM
Kody Brown and his wives, of TLC's 'Sister Wives,' on 'Good Morning America'When 'Sister Wives' debuted on TLC in 2010, it meant that Kody Brown and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn, were opening themselves up to scrutiny under Utah's anti-polygamy laws. Tuesday, 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) reported that the Brown family are indeed under investigation by the state of Utah, and that they plan to mount a legal challenge to the state's laws that criminalize polygamy.

'GMA' reports that the Brown family will file their suit Wednesday. Jonathan Turley, a constitutional lawyer representing the family, was quoted in the piece saying, "We believe that this case represents the strongest factual and legal basis for a challenge to the criminalization of polygamy ever filed in the public courts."

Polygamy is considered a felony punishable by jail time in Utah. Season two of 'Sister Wives' debuted in March to improved ratings over the first season. Count on TLC to keep the cameras rolling during the impending legal battle.

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Rachel Zoe Compliments Kate Middleton's Effortless and Elegant Style on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 11th 2011 12:45PM
Robin Roberts and Rachel Zoe  critique KAte Middleton on 'Good Morning America'Kate Middleton (and that guy she's married to) visited America last week, and the royal couple were welcomed by impressed celebrities and onlookers wherever they went. Count fashion stylist and reality TV star Rachel Zoe among them. Monday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Zoe critiqued Middleton's style with host Robin Roberts. Middleton came out favorably on all accounts.

"I think she's very comfortable and confident in who she is and in her style," said Zoe. "And I think she's just really hitting ... an incredible, like, I mean, the bright colors, the knee-length. She's, like, conservative but chic and elegant and timeless and effortless. And I love that she's doing it on her own."

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Miranda Lambert Announces New Solo Album on 'Good Morning America' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 8th 2011 2:15PM
Miranda Lambert performs with Pisol Annies on 'Good Morning America'It's been almost three years since Miranda Lambert released her last album, 'Revolution.' The musical drought is about to end for Lambert's fans. Friday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), she announced that her new album, 'Four The Record,' will hit shelves on November first, and performed with her new group, Pistol Annies, which also has a new album coming out August 23.

In the tradition of The Ramones and the Traveling Wilburys, each member of the Pistol Annies is an "Annie" - Ashley Monroe is "Hippie Annie," Angaleena Presley is "Holler Annie," and Lambert is "Lone Star Annie." "We all write songs together," said Lambert, "and we all have separate styles artistically on our own, but together we just make up this, this chick group that sings about what most girls want to say but don't, you know."

The Annies performed a twangy, sultry version of their debut single, 'Hell On Heels,' the title track from the forthcoming album.

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Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams Discuss the Casey Anthony Verdict (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 6th 2011 12:45PM
Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams discuss the Casey Anthony verdict on 'Good Morning America'Nancy Grace has spent the last several weeks railing against Casey Anthony, and the last twenty-four hours against the "not guilty" verdict in her trial. Appearing Wednesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Grace was more in control, discussing with Dan Abrams how testimony from Anthony's family influenced that case and what Casey's life might be like now that she is an infamous celebrity.

Abrams and Grace agreed that Anthony's family had been persuasive to the jury, especially Casey Anthony's mother Cindy's emotional testimony. "I think that they [the family] believed a conviction was coming down, but not a death penalty, if they could stop it," said Grace.

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Daniel Radcliffe Has Quit Drinking After Partying 'Unsuccessfully' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 5th 2011 3:30PM
Lara Spencer talks about Daniel Radcliffe on 'Good Morning America'Daniel Radcliffe has already filmed the last installment of the 'Harry Potter' franchise, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,' which hits theaters July 15. Lara Spencer reported Tuesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) that Radcliffe has also quit drinking, according to an interview in GQ magazine.

"He has just told GQ magazine that he is no longer drinking alcohol after partying quote 'unsuccessfully,'" she said. "He said he began drinking in 2009 while shooting 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' and realized he was relying on alcohol too much."

Spencer also marveled that the paparazzi never managed to catch Radcliffe with a drink in his hand. It helps if you have a cloak of invisibility to hide your hooch.

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Beyonce Reflects On Time Away From Stage, Performs 'Best Thing I Never Had' on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 1st 2011 12:10PM
Beyonce stopped by Central Park for the 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 8AM on ABC) Summer Concert series on Friday, where she talked to host Robin Roberts about the importance of family before performing her new song 'The Best Thing I Never Had.' Wearing a bright yellow, Tina Turner-inspired outfit and hair-do, Beyonce reflected on her time away from performing and personal evolution.

"I learned how to appreciate everything I worked hard for, which is hard to see when you're moving around so fast, and I really learned how to appreciate my family and my fans, and realized how fortunate I am to have touched so many people."

She then performed 'Best Thing I Never Had,' the second single off her album '4,' letting fans close to the stage sing the chorus into her mic. The Queen B is back.

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Former 'Marriage Ref' Contestant Blames Show, Jerry Seinfeld for His Divorce (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 29th 2011 3:00PM
Howie Kohlenberg claims 'The Marriage Ref' ruined his marriage on 'Good Morning America''The Marriage Ref' is supposed to settle disputes between married couples, but according to former contestant Howie Kohlenberg, it broke his marriage apart. Kohlenberg appeared Wednesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) and blamed the show and its creator, Jerry Seinfeld, for his divorce. After getting a taste of fame from appearing on the show's debut episode, Kohlenberg said that his then-wife's Christine's behavior began to change for the worse.

"They were saying how Christine looked so great and her lips were beautiful and all of a sudden she's getting a really big head, she's doing some Botox, she wants to do Playboy," said Kohlenberg. After the show, she left Kohlenberg and their four-and-a-half-year old son to go to Hollywood, he said.

Seinfeld's reaction to the story, which was quoted in the Daily News, was a less-than-apologetic "Love it!" The couple initially went on 'The Marriage Ref' to get publicity for their spa business, which, like their marriage, is now defunct.

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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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Alicia Keys Celebrates New York on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 1:30PM
Alicia Keys on 'Good Morning America'Alicia Keys sounded an optimistic note Tuesday morning on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC). Keys has every reason to be feeling good: she just released a reissue of her debut album, 'Songs In A Minor,' to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Keys is happily married, the mother of an 8-month-old son, and she's spreading her wings as a producer on Broadway with a play called 'Stick Fly.'

'GMA' host Robin Roberts asked Keys if all of that makes it into the music somehow. "That's what also the tenth anniversary is about, you know, the future," she said. "It's about celebrating where I've come from so we can really continue to go on into the future. Because it's going to be an incredible future."

Keys also performed her love letter to her home town, 'Empire State of Mind (Part II),' as the cabs and people passed behind her in Times Square. It made a perfect setting for a song about the city.

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Bristol Palin Talks Virginity, Chin Surgery, Mom's Presidential Ambitions (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 27th 2011 1:40PM
Bristol Palin on 'Good Morning America'Sarah Palin hasn't announced that she's running for the presidency, but her daughter Bristol Palin said Monday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) that if it does happen, it would be a good thing for America. Bristol, promoting her new book, 'Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far,' also talked about more controversial topics with Robin Roberts, including her memoir's claims that Levi Johnston "stole" her virginity and her recent corrective jaw surgery.

Pressed by Roberts about her allegations against Johnston, Bristol clarified that she wasn't accusing him of date-rape, but called losing her virginity a "foolish decision." She also addressed her recent jaw surgery, which caused a mini-media firestorm several weeks ago. Bristol put the procedure in the same category as getting braces or contact lenses.

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Florence and the Machine Explain Name, Perform 'Dog Days Are Over' on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 24th 2011 12:05PM
Florence and the Machine on 'Good Morning America'You've probably heard the music of Florence and the Machine, but Friday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Florence Welch explained the origin of the band's name, and introduced the machine herself, before they performed their hit song 'Dog Days Are Over' on GMA's Summer Concert Series.

"It's funny because it kind of started as a private joke between me and Isabella, over here," said Welch, motioning toward her keyboard player, Isabella Summers. "This is Isa Machine, the original Isa Machine. And I was Florence Robot. So the first name for the band was actually Florence Robot/Isa Machine, but that's really long."

The band then kicked into their most recognized single, 'Dog Days Are Over,' which some may recognize from its use on the TV shows 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Community,' and 'Covert Affairs.'

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Raven-Symone Talks New Show 'State of Georgia' on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 23rd 2011 3:30PM
Raven-Symone on 'Good Morning America'On her new show, 'State of Georgia,' Raven-Symone plays a woman from Georgia who moves to New York City to become a star. Of course, Raven-Symone has been a star since she was four-years-old, when she played Olivia on 'The Cosby Show.' Thursday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Raven-Symone talked about the new show and some show-business advice she got from Bill Cosby.

Raven-Symone was thankful to have had Cosby, a legendary comedian and television icon, as a mentor from an early age. "He told me that this is a business, and you have to stay professional," she said. "No matter how much glitz and glamour or money that you can collect, it's all about, can people respect your business ethic."

She'll also be joined by a couple of TV veterans on 'State of Georgia': Loretta Devine ('Boston Public,' 'Grey's Anatomy') and Majandra Delfino ('Roswell'). A TV staple for most of her life, it's hard to believe that Raven-Symone is still only 25-years-old.

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