Home | National | Sam Champion 'betrayed' by ABC friends

Sam Champion 'betrayed' by ABC friends

By
Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • Champion, who was at GMA since 2006,  left last week for the Weather Channel
  • But weather star is upset by 'ridiculous stories' that he's power-crazed
  • He's kept in touch with a few of his GMA pals - but they are negotiating new deals and 'he wants to step away while there is this negative gossip'
  • Former Today Show rival Al Roker 'the first' to congratulate Sam on new job

PUBLISHED: 14:44 EST, 10 December 2013 | UPDATED: 14:54 EST, 10 December 2013

0

View
comments

He is ‘excited and charged’ by his new multi-million dollar job with the Weather Channel.

But Sam Champion feels betrayed by people inside ABC whom he considered ‘friends’ after a string of ‘mean-spirited digs’ following his exit from Good Morning America, MailOnline can reveal today.

A source close to the star said:  ‘Sam was with ABC for 25 years, when he did the goodbye show at GMA he felt good about walking out the door.

‘But then came these digs by people that throughout his career he would have called friends and he doesn’t understand why – or what’s in it for anybody.

Scroll down for video

Josh Elliott cried as he said goodbye to his fellow presenter Sam Champion on GMA on December 4 as Robin Roberts looked on

Josh Elliott cried as he said goodbye to his fellow presenter Sam Champion on GMA on December 4 as Robin Roberts looked on

 
Champion and Elliott hugged it out at the end of the show as they said a tearful goodbye on December 4

Champion and Elliott hugged it out at the end of the show as they said a tearful goodbye on December 4

The former weatherman on the hit ABC breakfast show made his last on-air appearance just six days ago and hugged co-star Robin Roberts while Josh Elliot wept during his emotional exit.

However, since his departure, Sam, 52, has been subjected to reports he is power crazed – and that he left ABC purely as a money-making venture.

And a source close to Sam revealed the attacks are upsetting during a particularly ‘joyous’ time in his career – adding he is particularly upset that his husband Rubem Robierb has been dragged into it.

Sam’s new job makes him the on-air face of the Weather Channel, based in Atlanta, appearing as host and serving as Managing Editor.

‘He had his first day at the Weather Channel yesterday and he’s excited and charged and had the best day ever and these ridiculous stories don’t make any sense at all,' said the source.

While Robin Roberts, 53, has recently signed a massive new deal with ABC, TV chiefs are currently negotiating new contracts with GMA stars Josh Elliot, Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos – all of whom have deals up within the year, leaving the network in somewhat of a perilous situation at the top-rated morning show in the U.S.

Sam has kept in touch with ‘one or two’ of his GMA pals since leaving, but the friend said: ‘There’s a lot going on with them and they are in negotiations, he wants to step away while there is this negative gossip.

‘His tactic is that he needs to focus on his new job. And he wants them to make the best decisions for their lives and careers. ‘

Sam Champion has been with the ABC network since 1988 as weather host

Sam Champion has been with the ABC network since 1988 as weather host

For Sam, according to his friend, what is upsetting are reports that ABC were lining up his replacement Ginger Zee months ago as they believed he was unhappy at the network.

However, the source said: ‘Here’s the thing, Sam’s contract with ABC was up at the very end of November. He went to ABC in late summer and said ‘let’s start talking’ as he wanted to know he had a future at the network

‘They didn’t start talking until the first few weeks of November, which is when the Weather Channel deal came up.

‘It wasn’t a long-range plan, it wasn’t anything that had been going on for a year, that’s just not true.

‘He never saw the opportunity coming, but this is what he loves, he tried for years to convince the network that weather is news and it’s important.

‘The Weather Channel already knows this and they want to more. Sam thought ABC understood this.
‘He told them he would try to make everyone happy and make everyone look good.’

The source added: ‘It was joyous for Sam, he didn’t see why anyone should feel bad – he went and told everyone he loved them and walked out the door and the next morning comes this mean-spirited attack, like being punched.’

Attacking claims that he merely wanted to leave in an exercise to be able to licence his image on products like coffee mugs, the source insisted: ‘Sam’s deal with ABC wasn’t exclusive.

‘If he had wanted to licence merchandise he would have - all he needed was ABC’s approval.

‘He didn’t bolt to make all kinds of crazy money.’

SSad goodbyes: Champion (far right) bid farewell to the rest of the GMA team on December 4 (L-R) Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer

Sad goodbyes: Champion (far right) bid farewell to the rest of the GMA team on December 4 (L-R) Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer

Upset: Sam Champion is said to be most upset his husband Rubem Robierb had been used in digs against him since leaving ABC. The couple are seen on their honeymoon

Upset: Sam Champion is said to be most upset his husband Rubem Robierb had been used in digs against him since leaving ABC. The couple are seen on their honeymoon

And discussing rumours that Sam’s husband Rubem, 36, had persuaded him to leave GMA as he refused to leave his hometown of Miami – so they could start a family , the source said: ‘It’s not fair to bring Rubem into it.

‘He would never have demanded that Sam leave ABC, if they were going to have babies Sam would be on the same schedule.

‘Rubem had never even been to Atlanta before yesterday.'

Ironically, in his new role, Sam now joins forces with his former rival, Today weather co-host Al Roker, whose one-hour Wake Up With Al airs on The Weather Channel weekdays at 6am (EST), then repeats at 10am.

Champion's new morning show will be tucked in between, airing from 7 to 10am. And Sam will also be in the partial employ (in a sense) of his old network rival: The Weather Channel is owned by a consortium made up in part of NBC Universal.

But interestingly, the first person to send Sam a text of support when he announced his departure from GMA was Mr Roker.

Champion was in fits of laughter as tapes from the ABC archives were brought back to haunt him on his last day on GMA

Champion was in fits of laughter as tapes from the ABC archives were brought back to haunt him on his last day on GMA

Sam Champion and Josh Elliott became very emotional as they said goodbye on their last breakfast show together

Sam Champion and Josh Elliott became very emotional as they said goodbye on their last breakfast show together

Ginger Zee, who was on the ground in Denver, Colorado, on December 4 to cover the severe winter storm, has taken over from Champion as weather presenter at GMA

Ginger Zee, who was on the ground in Denver, Colorado, on December 4 to cover the severe winter storm, has taken over from Champion as weather presenter at GMA

Al, 59,  who hosts Wake Up With Al on the Weather Channel and sent a text saying ‘Congratulations, you’re going to love this place!’

The pair already plan lunch when Sam’s back in New York City and the source said: ‘They’ve known each other for 25 years, Sam knows Al’s wife and family and they socialise together.

‘Sam is not going to Today, he’s doing a 2/3 hour breakfast show on the Weather Channel.

‘‘Sam doesn’t understand why ABC can’t be happy for him – they have a great show, great talent and they don’t need to dig at him. He just wishes them the best.’'

GMA weather presenter Sam Champion said goodbye to viewers on December 4 on his last show before he heads to the Weather Channel

GMA weather presenter Sam Champion said goodbye to viewers on December 4 on his last show before he heads to the Weather Channel

MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS

MOST READ NEWS

 

 
 

Colorado News

Get the latest Colorado news, sports, weather, entertainment, business & political news and more from Colorado Newsday.
 
  • Email to a friend Email to a friend
  • Print version Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Rate this article

0
 
 

Photo Galleries

PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity Awkward family photos 
 
UPDATED: Faces of Meth PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter

More galleries ››

 
 
 
  1. Spoiled’ teen takes parents to court (1.00)

  2. Terms of Service (0)

  3. Colorado Newsday Privacy Policy (0)

  4. Kim Kardashian denied access to Vanity Fair party (0)

  5. Russian troops threaten to shoot Ukrainian soldiers in tense stand-off (0)

  6. Drunk tractor driver decapitates three people in head-on crash (0)

  7. Boxer vows to fight on – after 51st defeat in row (0)

  8. Forbes rich list names world’s youngest billionaires (0)

  9. Pregnant woman drives kids into ocean in Florida (0)

  10. Oprah Winfrey tells Lindsay Lohan to ‘cut the bull****’ in trailer for new reality show Lindsay (0)

  11. Denver Man Michael McGinley threatened to kill wife in phone call at DA’s office (0)

  12. Couple stole little girl's iPod in Aurora (0)

  13. Former director of Breckenridge Film Festival Dawna Foxx given 5 years for embezzling $300K (0)

  14. Knee injury to sideline Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan 6-8 weeks (0)

  15. Model sues Apple after celeb photo leak saying she warned them TWICE about security months before (0)

  16. The £14billion financial black hole in Alex Salmond's finance plan: Prominent think-tank issues stark warning over the 'huge risks in oil, pensions and tax' for an independent Scotland  (0)

  17. Police release CCTV image of missing UVA student, 18, inside her apartment block hours before she disappeared as desperate search continues (0)

  18. 'I had to protect my family': Houston convenience store owner kills robber in gunfight (0)

  19. Running wild! Mother cheetah has SIX cubs keeping her busy by jumping, hiding and climbing all over her (0)

  20. Anthony Novellino sentenced to 50 years in prison for ex-wife's murder (0)

  21. Stalker Kevin Gibbons jailed for raping pregnant woman and made her breastfeed him (0)

  22. San Diego school district now has a military-grade ARMORED TRUCK (0)

  23. Nice day for a mass wedding! Pope marries 20 couples who have lived together outside of marriage  (0)

  24. American who  tore up tourist visa so he could be imprisoned 'to experience human rights abuses in North Korean prison' is sentenced to six-years hard labor in communist country (0)

  25. Seattle woman 'rapes sleeping man who wakes up to find her on top of him pinning him down' (0)

  26. Second British hostage ISIS are threatening to murder is aid worker from Manchester who went to Syria to help refugees (0)

  27. Scotland in meltdown: the fiasco of its first 100 days of independence  (0)

  28. Meteor or a missile launch? Dozens see strange bright red object streak across the San Francisco night sky (0)

  29. Four prisoners gunned down and 11 more wounded after firearms and knives smuggled into Bolivian prison (0)

  30. 'Goodell Must Go' banners fly over football games today and fans circulate picture of model with black eye as pressure mounts for NFL commissioner to lose his job over Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal (0)

  31. Randy Travis' name removed from hometown welcome signs (0)

  32. Teens who smoke weed everyday are 60% LESS likely to finish High School and SEVEN times more likely to commit suicide, a new study has found (0)

  33. Medic becomes fourth doctor to die of Ebola in Sierra Leone after failed bid to move her to Germany for treatment  (0)

  34. HRH and the big 3-0! Harry is handed a commemorative shirt on final day of Invictus Games on eve of his 30th birthday (0)

  35. Chinese police launch hunt for violent art teacher who beat pupils with textbook so badly he fractured one child's skull (0)

  36. Trapped giant manta ray swims free after approaching scuba divers in desperate plea to be cut from fishing lines (0)

  37. Carolina Panthers take star Greg Hardy off their roster ...two months AFTER he was convicted of strangling, beating and threatening to kill his girlfriend (0)

  38. Austistic boy, 3, is attacked in his sleep by rats and because of his condition, doesn't cry out for help (0)

  39. Giant Panda is given anaesthetic so that San Diego Zoo's veterinary team can repair her chipped tooth (0)

  40. Narcotics agent 'shot two drinking buddies' after a boozy evening that capered 'went on a week-long drinking rampage' and (0)

  41. How British father-of-two David Haines murdered by ISIS spent two decades as aid worker across world (0)

  42. 'The ultimate prize...72 pure untouched virgins': Is this the poem used by American jihadist to get more recruits into the fold? (0)

  43. New mystery emerges over MH370 after police chief claims he knows what happened to the missing jet  (0)

  44. Smoked salmon could be worse for you than a margherita pizza because of high fat content (0)

  45. U.S. scientists say Ebola epiodemic will rage for another 12 to 18 months (0)

  46. Brother of ISIS beheading victim David Haines reads from Koran as he pleads for society to 'repel evil with something better' (0)

  47. Tiny girl's reaction when her dad unexpectedly shaves his beard  (0)

  48. Baseball fan is caught pumping iron while watching (0)

  49. Is your bottled water making you ILL? From nausea to exhaustion and even osteoporosis, there may be a surprising cause...  (0)

  50. Meet the dog who loves to feel the wind in his...teeth (0)