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Good Morning America’s Sam Champion Comes Out At Thomas Roberts’ Wedding

by David Badash on October 5, 2012

in Media,News

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Sam Champion, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” announced at MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts’ wedding that he and his fiancé, Rubem Robierb, are getting married New Years Eve. Champion, who is 51 and a Kentucky native, has worked for ABC, first at a local New York City station, since 1988.

“Mr. Champion is the first co-host of a network morning television show to publicly identify as gay. He is expected to talk about his upcoming wedding on Monday’s ‘GMA’,” the New York Times reported:

Mr. Champion’s sexual orientation was no secret to the staff of “GMA,” nor to his colleagues and competitors in the media industry. He exuberantly showed off his engagement ring to colleagues the day after becoming engaged and brought Mr. Robierb to parties with fellow co-hosts. But he didn’t speak publicly about it.

That changed last weekend when Mr. Champion and Mr. Robierb attended the wedding of Thomas Roberts, an MSNBC anchor who is also gay. Jacob Bernstein wrote the following in a Sunday Styles section story about the wedding, published online on Friday afternoon:

Among the 170 or so guests at the reception was Sam Champion, the weather anchor at ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He took a turn on the dance floor with his partner, the photographer Rubem Robierb.

“We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” Mr. Champion said in the spirit of the moment.

Mr. Robierb corrected him: “We’ll do it here officially, and then have a party in Miami.”

Offering him congratulations and “Good luck with the wedding planning,” Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan notes that Champion “comes out in the new low-key, AC360 way in a vows column for another gay couple’s wedding in NYC.”



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OpiumEd October 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

The only thing surprising here is the announcement that he is only now "coming out". I thought he 'came out' decades ago. In fact, in college over 30 years ago it was already established…. I was in a large class with him and some pushy redneck homophobe threatened me not to talk to him (Sam) because he's gay.

JerryFurry November 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I wanted my fiance to have the best engagement rings. I've been asking a lot jewelry store about these diamonds and carats. Thanks to this. now I understand the importance of its weight and color and clarity.

FabienAupry March 5, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I wear my engagement ring as my wedding ring. It did not come with a wedding band and we would have had to have one specially made which would have been an outrageous cost, so we decided against it. I still love my ring today as much as I did when I received it a little over 2 years ago.

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