Sam Champion on Josh Elliott’s ABC Departure: ‘I Know That Fans of ‘GMA’ Are Not Loving It’ (Video)

Former colleague calls the jump to NBC Sports “a happy, happy time for Josh”

Former fellow “Good Morning America” host Sam Champion wished Josh Elliott well in his new NBC Sports venture during Monday’s “AMHQ” on The Weather Channel.

“He’s a great guy and a very good friend, and what folks need to understand is just like The Weather Channel was an incredible opportunity for my heart, NBC Sports is a great opportunity for Josh’s heart,” Champion said. “It puts him right in the middle of the sports world and that is what he loves. In every major sporting event all over the world from World Cup to the Olympics to everything and this is a happy, happy time for Josh.”

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“I know that fans of GMA are not loving it,” the weatherman added. “But it’s a happy day for Josh. And folks, we’ll follow him no matter where he goes.”

Also read: Josh Elliott Exiting ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ for NBC Sports

In his new role at NBC, Elliott will be covering the NFL, Summer and Winter Olympics, horse racing and “other high profile sports properties,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Sunday.

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Amy Robach was promoted to “GMA” News Anchor on the same day that Elliott officially parted ways with ABC. Champion announced in December that he was leaving ABC News for the Weather Channel.

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