Sam Champion to make 1-week return to 'Good Morning America'

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Sam Champion Is Coming Back to 'Good Morning America' — Temporarily

Meteorologist Sam Champion will return to ABC's Good Morning America the week of Jan. 11, filling in for his successor, Ginger Zee, who is currently on maternity leave.

Champion left the top-rated morning show in December 2013, for his own morning show at the Atlanta-based Weather Channel. But the network has since re-organized its programming schedule, a consequence of belt-tightening, and Champion's show was among those axed. He has since been anchoring breaking weather news and focusing on digital initiatives at the network, while also readying a primetime interview show.

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Champion handed the reigns to Zee when he left GMA. Zee gave birth to her first child in December. Champion came up at WABC, the ABC owned station in New York, where he filled in for weatherman Spencer Christian, before being tapped as the show's full-time meteorologist in 2006. He was part of the core anchor team at GMA that in 2012 finally snapped Today's 16-plus-year hold on the morning news ratings crown. Since then Today has regained some ground on GMA, besting the ABC program so far this season among the critical 25-54 demographic.

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Sam Champion to make 1-week return to 'Good Morning America'
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Ginger Zee is seen on 'Good Morning America' on December 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Television personality Ginger Zee hosts the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on October 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Television personality Ginger Zee leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on September 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: Good Morning America Host Ginger Zee shows off her Baby Bump when One Direction perform on ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on August 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Ginger Zee hosts ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: Ginger Zee is seen on the set of 'Good America' on July 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: 'Ginger Zee is seen on the set of Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on July 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Chief meteorologist from Good Morning America Ginger Zee arrives for the 'Miles from Tomorrowland: Space Missions' kick off event held at New York Hall Of Science on July 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
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GMA, Champion told THR late last year, "was my dream. I had just taken the job at WABC, had moved from Jacksonville, Florida, to New York. My interview in New York was the first time I was ever in New York. So I was immensely bowled over by the whole thing."

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