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ABC correspondent and anchor Amy Robach - who underwent a double mastectomy for advanced breast cancer three weeks ago - returned to "Good Morning America" yesterday, saying "I feel remarkably well. Mentally, it's another challenge because that was phase one." Robach also told viewers and colleagues that she would continue to work while undergoing chemotherapy.
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NBCUniversal Monday handed the keys to one of its shiniest new cars -- the Weather Channel -- over to Sam Champion, who becomes voice, face and hair of that network starting early next year. He leaves "Good Morning America" -- and ABC, his home of the past 25 years Wednesday, which seems awfully fast for someone who's been a "beloved" member of this particular family since 2006.
So who might be next?
Lara Spencer? Josh Elliott? Or . . . Robin. Ah, yes, even Robin Roberts: She's beloved by "Good Morning America" viewers, although they'd better get ready to do their loving on some other network if ABC doesn't offer enough of that green stuff that binds TV families, especially morning ones, together.
ABC nonetheless said Champion's departure was amicable. In other words, not at all like the Ann Curry "Today" debacle. But that pesky "now who?" question was still unavoidable. TV Newser, the closely read TV journalism website, said Roberts was "close" to a new "GMA" deal, but offered no such assurances about Elliott or Spencer -- the chatty irrepressible youngsters of this "GMA" family. Could NBC be in their future as well?
Champion -- a superlative TV happy talker who can make even an impending nor'easter seem like a cheerful turn of events -- will be replaced by "GMA" weekend meteorologist Ginger Zee. A profile in the Chicago Tribune once noted that "she's Ginger because her father, who moved here from the Netherlands and didn't speak English, loved 'Gilligan's Island.' Though she's more of a Mary Ann."
Her three-hour tour is about to begin. The weather forecast calls for rough seas.
ABC News anchor and correspondent Amy Robach, who underwent an on-air mammogram last month to launch "Good Morning America's" coverage of Breast Cancer Awareness month, announced Monday that doctors established from that examination that she has breast cancer.
During Monday's program, Robach, 40, said doctors had not yet determined what stage the cancer had progressed to, or whether it had spread. But she told "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts that she had decided upon "very aggressive" treatment, and would undergo a double mastectomy Thursday.
"I'm young, and hopefully have a lot of time in front of me, Robach said, a mother of two daughters, and stepmother to three sons. She is married to actor Andrew Shue.
During yesterday's program, Robach said she had never had a mammogram, and in a blog posted after her on-air announcement wrote that she was reluctant to do one even as part of "GMA's" coverage.
"That day, when I was asked to do something I really didn't want to do, something I had put off for more than a year, I had no way of knowing that I was in a life-or-death situation," she wrote.
She also noted that only after the surgery -- which will be followed by reconstructive surgery -- will she learn about additional treatment options "but I am mentally and physically as prepared as anyone can be in this situation."
Robach joined ABC in May 2012, from NBC News where she had been a national correspondent and weekend anchor on "Today."
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In an unusual bid to get people to notice new network Fusion -- which let's all admit is still not getting a whole heck of lot of attention at the moment -- "Good Morning America" will be simulcast in English and Spanish next Monday to tout the network's launch.
Fusion, in fact ,will be an English-language network aimed at English-speaking Latino Americans but...no matter. This is still unusual and a long ball to get some much needed media writer love. Univision’s "Despierta America" ("Wake Up America") will be carried by Cablevision; Fusion is a Univision/Disney joint venture. "Despierta" will "fuse" with "Good Morning America" ("Buenos días, América") by swapping anchors -- or at least Lara Spencer and Sam Champion -- with "Despierta's" morning team.
Fusion, described by ABC as "the news, pop culture and satire network from ABC and Univision," launches next Monday, at 6:57 ET. The network will be based in Miami.