Sam Champion's Big Announcement

"GMA's" beloved weatherman talks about his new opportunity at The Weather Channel.
3:00 | 12/03/13

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Very quickly, sammy, you know. It was -- it landed heavily yesterday. A shock for many. But we want you to know, we go through happy tears, as we send you off. You are leaving to be the managing editor of the weather channel. And that's a remarkable thing. And we're going to have, again, everybody, a tribute tomorrow. It will be a day of sam, as every day. Sam, I know in talking to you about this for a very long time, this is a dream come true and one that you couldn't pass up. When I walk these halls, i grew up here. I know every face in the hall. And in the building. And this will always be my home. I've had the extreme joy that i don't think very many people will ever know of working with your friends and your family. And what happens on this set is incredibly real and natural every morning. And as george pointed out, even my grumpy mornings. Puts a smiley face on. It's what happens here before the show that makes the show. The weather channel is like the holy grail of weather for people. And I have spent my entire life being in love, enamored and fascinated by weather. What they're doing right now is changing the way that we'll all get our weather. Whether it's online or on your little device that you carry around all day or on television. For me to be able to be a part of that, to join everybody i always see in the field, when I'm out there. Jim cantore's right there. We're all right there in the field together. To be able to join everybody, the very best in weather, and try to do something that is changing the way america gets their way, better, faster, stronger, all that, I had to try it. I know you said you're going to be captain of the team at the weather channel. They're an incredible team. I get to be co-captain. Everybody who is amazing has got their foot in the weather channel in this business, in weather. I'm proud to be able to do it. You're such a great team player. You have that, sam. And it is hard. It is hard to step out and make a change. And I'm so proud. Again, you're setting an example for so many of us that we want to sometimes try something different. It would have been easy to stay. We know you love us and we love you. But to do this, that lets us know that this is what you were meant to do. This is something that's in your heart to do. And every day, I'm going to have you guys -- my show will be on. And I'll have you guys down there. Watching you as I'm talking about the weather. And I'll be watching. And you know, I -- I love you guys, more than I can express. Love you back, sam. I don't know if you'll love us tomorrow when the party is here. It's going to be a celebration. Yeah. The most terrific laug the business. I want that in a laugh track. I have asked for that. I have a feeling we might find something for "play of the day" tomorrow. A little "pop news," as well. That tribute coming tomorrow.

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