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Sam Champion’s candid admission: ‘I overachieved because I was fat, I was gay, and I was bullied as a kid’

Sam Champion showed just how driven he is when he announced late last year that he was leaving his plum job as weather anchor of the top-rated Good Morning America on ABC.

Champion, who came out publicly as gay in 2o12, headed over to Weather Channel to be anchor and head boss of his own three-hour weekday show America’s Morning Headquarters With Sam Champion.

‘I left GMA with one solid purpose, and that was an opportunity to build something new from the ground up in a place that is solely focused on weather,’ Sam tells TV Guide Magazine. ‘I need a project. I don’t have a hobby.’

‘A lot of the time, morning shows tell you stuff you already know,’ he adds. ‘I want to give people fresh information they need before they hit the door.’

Sam, 52, began his latest venture with a huge fan base.

According to the latest Q scores – an industry measurement of the familiarity and appeal – he ranks second with his former GMA colleague Robin Roberts ranked first.

Amazing to have a now out-and-proud lesbian ranked first and a gay man second.

As Sam has been interviewing potential on-air talent for his show, he had an epiphany about what has made him succeed in the professional arena.

‘I discovered I overachieved because I was fat, I was gay, and I was bullied as a kid,’ he explained. ‘All my life I worked extra hard to have people see past what they saw on the outside.’

‘I ‘like people, and I was a person who really wanted to be liked.’

It looks like he has succeeded – and then some.

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  1. He’s wonderfully candid. you know, sometimes I wonder just how many of us are wandering around feeling insecure on the inside while projecting perfection on the outside. It’s nice when people speak about how they feel – I think it lets us see that we all have our soft spots as well as our triumphs.

  2. Good for you Sam.

  3. Sam Champion is one of the most likable people on-air and in person.

    He is also a great role model to kids and teens who have been bullied. He shows you can get past the awful pain and still go on and have a wonderful, happy, successful life!

    Ross Ellis
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    STOMP Out Bullying

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