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'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Starts Work in Joplin, Missouri

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 20th 2011 6:45AM
'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' busJoplin, Missouri hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons back in May when it was ravaged by a giant tornado that killed 162 people and destroyed an estimated 2,000 buildings.

As survivors reeled from the catastrophe they got some good news from the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' gang, who announced they would help rebuild homes for some of those dispossessed by the tragedy.

In what producers say is one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the reality show, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' started work Wednesday on the ambitious plan to build seven houses in seven days.

'Good Morning America' host Sam Champion was on hand to reveal the names of the deserving families -- some of whom lost children in the disaster -- who will benefit from the new homes. 'GMA' will be reporting on progress throughout the week leading up to Ty Pennington's "Move the bus!" on Oct. 26.

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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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Sam Champion Takes Terrifying Roller Coaster Rides With Bert the Conqueror (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 26th 2011 1:45PM
Sam Champion and Bert Kreischer of 'Bert the Conqueror' on 'Good Morning America'For the Reality Week Challenge on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Sam Champion drew 'Bert the Conqueror,' and wound up taking on, as he described them, "two of the most terrifying rides you could ever strap yourself into." One was a wooden roller coaster that gets as tall as 100 feet high, and plunges you to the bottom at 60 miles per hour.

"Between the two of us, we sounded like a women's Wimbledon match," said 'Conqueror' host Bert Kreischer, giving his quick impression of the staccato screams he and Champion let out on the ride.

That was nothing compared to a swing the positions you face down as it takes over a 1300-foot drop over a cliff. Champion may not have eased his death grip on Kreischer's arm yet.

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'GMA' Crew Plays Low Tech Version of Angry Birds (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 22nd 2011 11:15AM
The 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) crew played a low tech version of the popular mobile game Angry Birds, complete with a gigantic slingshot used to propel plush toy birds at towers of blocks.

"How exactly does this work?" asked Robin Roberts, as she slung a bird. Then, Roberts launched the toy and neatly toppled her target.

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Sam Champion Gets Beaten Up by Kelly Ripa on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 11th 2011 12:45PM
Sam Champion Beaten by Kelly RipaOn 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), Sam Champion receives a sound thrashing at the hands of a woman ... virtually. Champion and Kelly Ripa engage in a bout of boxing on the Xbox 360 using the Kinect motion sensor, and Ripa pummels the weather anchor in two brutal, short rounds.

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Anchors Have a Feeding Frenzy Over Super Bowl Snacks on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 4th 2011 11:15AM
Cristina Ferrare prepares a range of Super Bowl snacks on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), but the segment goes off the rails when Robin Roberts, Juju Chang and Sam Champion have a feeding frenzy and start snacking on Ferrare's food early.

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Sam Champion Wears Rainbow Wig, Immediately Regrets it on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 7th 2011 12:15PM
During a promotion for the 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) Warm Coats & Warm Hearts coat drive, weatherman Sam Champion makes a highly questionable fashion choice by wearing a rainbow wig. But then, he seems to regret it and can't wait to get off camera.

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Sam Champion Takes Leave of Absence From 'Good Morning America' After Father's Death

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2010 11:45AM
Sam ChampionUPDATE: Sam Champion has tweeted that his father, Lt. Col. James H. Champion, passed away last night, Oct. 25.

Sam Champion, the 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) weather anchor, will take a leave of absence following his father's death.

"After a life of service to his country and his family, Lt. Col. James H. Champion, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), passed away last night in Houston, Texas," 'Good Morning America' senior executive producer Jim Murphy wrote in an e-mail to the show's staff. "He was better known to us as Sam Champion's dad. Sam, his sister Teresa and his mom, Sylvia, were all together with the Lt. Col. at the end."

Champion took to Twitter to thank fans for their support. "THANK YOU! I feel your thots and prayer LtCol JH Champion USMC Ret..passed last night..WORLDS BEST DAD..awesome guy." [sic]

Champion, who is not a meteorologist, has been the weather anchor on 'GMA' since 2006. He will not be on 'GMA' for the rest of the week.

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Sam Champion Has Surgery Live on 'Good Morning America' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 12th 2010 9:50AM
Sam Champion SurgerySam Champion, weatherman on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), underwent surgery live on camera.

Champion hasn't been secretive with his skin cancer battle, so it was no surprise he had his surgery broadcast across the nation. He even took to Twitter to help spread awareness about the dangers of sun damage and skin cancer.

" ... Go ahead and take that thing off, we might as well get rid of it," Champion said. "Oh, by the way, we are doing a little surgery, so you might not want to watch if you're a little bit squeamish ... I do not feel it at all ... one in five Americans will come down with skin cancer in their lifetime is the estimate right now."

That Sam, he's, well, he's quite a champion.

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Sam Champion Delivers Weather While Underwater (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 22nd 2010 1:00PM
On 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), weatherman Sam Champion delivers a weather report while submerged underwater at Epcot in honor of Earth Day.

Champion, who's wearing full scuba gear while rays and sea turtles swim around him, runs down the day's weather between breaths from his regulator. When anchor Juju Chang compares Champion's heavy breathing to that of Darth Vader's, he scolds her for almost making him spit out his breathing apparatus by laughing.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Joseph Fiennes Discusses His Love for New Baby Girl ... and Marmite (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 18th 2010 12:30PM
'FlashForward' star Joseph Fiennes discussed his new baby girl and his love for the vegetarian food spread Marmite on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC).

"A big, big privilege. The best thing that ever happened to me in my life," Fiennes said of his week-old child. "Sleep deprivation has never felt so good."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Juju Chang and Sam Champion's Wardrobe Malfunction on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 26th 2010 3:24PM
In a touching gesture that quickly threatens to result in a catastrophic wardrobe malfunction, anchor Juju Chang and weatherman Sam Champion embrace, but then the two become entangled as Chang's jewelry gets stuck on Champion's jacket during 'Good Morning America.'

Chang compliments Champion on his "movie star good looks," which prompts the weatherman to move in for hug, but then the 'GMA' personalities become snarled in each other's clothing and accessories.

Watch the video after the jump.

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GMA's Sam Champion tells you how to see The Jonas Brothers for free

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 18th 2009 11:25AM
sam championRecently, I got the chance to speak with Sam Champion, the affable Good Morning America weatherman. We chatted a bit about GMA's upcoming Summer Concert Series, which is kicking off on May 22. The free concerts have moved from Bryant Park to Central Park this year, which allows for much larger audiences. So you know what that means, right? More space for screaming throngs of Jonas Brothers fans to gather in a central location this summer.

Read the interview to figure out when you need to book your trip to New York, or get the hell out of the city -- depending on your perspective.

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Sam Champion falls down, goes boom

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2009 5:26PM
Sam Champion

Sam Champion almost died on Good Morning America this morning, doing a segment about the great outdoors. Damn Earth Day! He was trying to make his way down a cliff. I love the fact that after he whips around the rock, he goes right into happy "here's your weather!" mode. They train those morning show hosts well.

[via TV Newser]

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