Sam Champion leaving GMA

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Good Morning America weathercaster Sam Champion is leaving the ABC morning show. In a Facebook post, Champion writes, "I want to thank my ABC family for 25 incredible years - the last 7+ at GMA- helping to make it the top-rated morning show in the country! Only an amazing opportunity like my new position @weatherchannel could take me away! Looking forward to my new position and my new TV home!"

ABC News President Ben Sherwood released a statement about Champion's departure, saying, "Sam has broadcast more than 1,800 weather forecasts. He has traveled to almost every major weather event in the U.S. As many of you know, Sam's "Go" bag is always ready and his stellar reporting during Superstorm Sandy contributed to ABC's Peabody Award for coverage of that historic storm.

"Sam has broadcast live from a raft floating between polar icebergs, danced the salsa on "Despierta America" and interviewed countless newsmakers, celebrities and chefs. On his show "Sea Rescue," viewers have shared Sam's passion for marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and release.

"While there is no replacing Sam, we are in excellent hands with his storm chasing partner of the last few years, meteorologist Ginger Zee, who will take over his weather responsibilities at GMA and across ABC News. As you know, Ginger always rushes straight toward the eye of any storm and weaves cutting-edge science with human emotion to elevate our coverage."

Champion started as the lead weathercaster in 2006. The 52-year-old's last day on GMA is Wednesday.

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