Sam Champion, weather anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” has been announced as host of the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on the HLN Network on June 16. According to a press release on June 5, Champion will be hosting the awards show along with HLN’s A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade.
Champion, who recently reported from Moore, Oklahoma following the devastating tornado, will be the second openly gay host following Anderson Cooper who hosted last year. The ‘GMA’ weatherman made headlines when he announced his engagement to current husband Rubem Robierb. The two married in 2012 in New York City in front of family and close friends. Since publicly coming out, Champion has been influential in the LGBT community.
The live awards show will air on June 16 rom the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA and will represent four decades of achievement within the Daytime Community. The 40th anniversary of the show will include some of the biggest names in television as presenters. Included on that list are Steve Harvey, Betty White, Wayne Brady, Alex Trabek, Bethany Frankel and others from the world of soaps and talk shows.