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It wouldn't be a Friday without Good Morning America weatherman Sam Champion gushing over the name of a hottie. You almost missed this week's quota, Sam. Next week, could you keep us from getting so anxious at the week's end that you might miss you "oooh!" numbers by using all of your Monday and Tuesday segments to tell us about Jesse Metcalfe and Pierre Casiraghi? Thanks doll. See you tonight at Barracuda!
Last Friday, ABC threw a little party for Good Morning America staffers, including new additions Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion. Everything was all well and good (we presume) except for one little blip: Diane Sawyer was MIA.
ABC tells Rush & Molloy that Sawyer was sick. She landed back in NYC Friday after her Mel Gibson interview in L.A. (the first he's given since his DUI arrest) and was "sick in bed." GMA staffers, however, tell a different story.
One source says, "The staff took Diane's absence as a clear message she is leaving the show, and is slowly starting to separate herself from it."
That's so sweet. Those staffers sure are wishin' and hopin' and dreamin' and prayin' that Sawyer will get up and go already. The part where ABC says they were the ones who urged her not to come to the party doesn't really help the case either.
Side Dish [Rush & Molloy, Daily News]
We are so grateful New York magazine was able to capture this special moment between Sam Champion and Chris Cuomo, two of the new faces joining ABC's Good Morning America.
We know the caption says that Sam and Chris are saying "Good Morning, America."
Yet it seems that the phrase Cumo is uttering here went more along the lines of, "Omigiod, like America? Totally Fab Morning!"
Breakfast With Champion [Jada Yuan, New York Magazine]
We were so enthralled over Chris Cuomo joining the Diane Sawyer Robin Roberts team, that we completely skipped over a few other TV Newser gossip bit.
Our favorite Manhunter, Sam Champion, is also joining Good Morning America as their trusty weatherman. First came the rumor (FTV Live says Sam Champion is going to GMA), Then the back-up (a tipster tells TV Newser Sam Champion is going to GMA) and then the confirmation:
"Sam came back from vacation this afternoon, and the deal was finalized," this TVNewsTalk.net poster says. "ABC made Sam an offer to join Good Morning America and he couldn't pass it up. This is Sam's dream -- national exposure."
So, Sam Champion is going to GMA. He likely won't have as much of a hosting role as Al Roker does on Today, but we're happy to have a guy who paid his dues on shitty New York local news get his moment in the spotlight. Especially because when we get reports and gossip concerning his latest Chelsea romps, people might actually care.
GMA's New Weatherman: Sam Champion? [Brian Stetler, TV Newser]
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Presented without interruption, this note from a reader you've probably wiped up after:
I was listening to the Wendy Williams Experience on WBLS 107.5, my favorite radio source of gossip, yesterday when a caller ended his comments with a celebrity sighting. He told Wendy that he was at a Peep show on the West Side highway (the famous Christopher Street Peep Show on the highway) when he saw Sam Champion enjoying the new releases. Wendy then responded with her trademark "How you doing?" which is her way of acknowledging the gay connection.
As for us, generally we check out the new releases on Queer Click.
Related: All Sam Champion coverage
We've been dipping our aching feet into the weatherman scene lately. And today, while the sun may be shining bright outside, things are getting gloomy within the confines of, well, this post.
Last we relayed, WABC 7 weatherman Sam Champion could allegedly be seen hand-in-hand (at church, no less) with Sean Bell, who may or may not be an online escort available on Manhunt.net. (Sam and Sean's attorney, meanwhile, argues to us that Bell is not for sale on Manhunt.) We'll get to the latest details on that sordid relationship in a moment, but first let's use Sam Champion as a jumping off point to get to some media news you might actually be interested in.
With Al Roker standing firm at NBC's Today, we've only got the weather crew at ABC's Good Morning America and CBS's The Early Show to toy with. So, why don't we?
We're hearing that The Early Show's professional map pointer (since July '03) Dave Price, who holds down the local and national gig, is making an exit from Les Moonves' house and heading over to GMA. Les, try as he might to hang on to Price, is said to be fighting a losing battle; Price has nearly signed with GMA.
So where does the blonde-locked Sam Champion fall into this? We're told he was his own biggest lobbiest for the Good Morning America job, even taking to Larry King's airwaves to make his cause. But Mr. Champion's, ahem, "'lifestyle' is too apparent on television and won't carry well on national TV to homes across America," says our tattler.
Meanwhile, over in the blissful gayborhood that Sam and Sean Bell live in, we hear from another well-placed source that New York's most loved weather fella is getting Kevin Federlined. Those details, after the jump.CONTINUED »
Who's that up there on the left, and whose ass is that on the right, you might be asking. We didn't recognize the fella's face (or ass) that landed in our inbox either, until we actually read the copy.
On Monday, we told you about WABC 7 weatherman-slash-golden boy Sam Champion's new beau, a one Sean Bell. Between showing him off to friends and attending church in Harlem, there probably wasn't any time for Sam to explain what Sean does.
Luckily, our avid (and pay-for-sex-play) readers do have the time. What you're looking at are (allegedly!, require the lawyers) Sean Bell's photos from his Manhunt.net profile, where he (allegedly!) advertises his "services." He describes himself as versatile (though, in action, we hear he's a strict top) and, we hear (allegedly!), "He did enjoy fisting though!"
How lovely for Mr. Champion. We heard the twosome met over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, which must've included one very long one-handed conversation.
After the jump, the full versions of those not-so-titillating pics.
Earlier: Sam Champion's new ray of sunshineCONTINUED »
Who knew media could get so gay in one day? C'mon, of course you did. First, we break news that the gay man's straight rag Out finally picked up a new EIC. Now we hear word that everyone's favorite blonde-locked weatherman, WABC's Sam Champion, has himself a new partner — and it's not one of those pointy-clicky things Al Roker-types are so fond of.
Sam Champion has been seen at the esteemed African American Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem with his new boyfriend. The boyfriend, a Mississippi native, is well known among New York????????s Chelsea gay community for his services and nude pictures that have been offered on several internet gay porn sex sites. Sam has been proudly introducing his new partner to friends in New York and Connecticut and the new couple, with hopes of living together, has been seen viewing potential properties for sale in Wilton, Ct. The loving couple can be seen attending weekly Sunday services at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
Living together in Connecticut? Well known in the Chelsea gay community? Champion sure knows how to distinguish himself from all the other mo couples this side of 42nd Street — and keep us tuned in to channel 7. Either way, we hear the duo met over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and the fella who will keep clouds away is a one Sean Bell, who, we're assuming, is not the C-list actor. (And, of course, those claims about gay porn sex sites? They're alleged, to be sure.)
Bonus Round: It wasn't so long ago that rumors swirled (and songs were written) about Champion shacking up with baseball slugger Mike Piazza. Maybe this Mr. Bell will turn out to be Rangers hottie Petr Prucha. One can hope.