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Sam Champion

Clash Over Tornado Coverage

5/11/2010 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Good Morning America" weatherman Sam Champion made a cameo appearance on a local Oklahoma newscast this morning -- when he was caught bitching at a news crew on live TV.

Sam Champion
It all went down near the crumbled remains of a local gas station that was knocked over when a tornado hit Oklahoma City yesterday. The crew from KOKH was doing a live shot at the scene, when Champion -- who was setting up to do a shot at the same gas station -- came into frame.

Champion -- clearly pissed that he was being shot by another crew -- started to bark orders to the KOKH crew to get "back" and then shoved his notebook in front of the camera to block the shot.

While the KOKH camera continued to broadcast live from the scene, Champion -- who was once again in the shot -- told the crew, "You know the deal." The KOKH cameraman can be heard saying, "What deal?"

Champion responds, "You know where you're supposed to be ... so be there. It's alright ... it's all good ... so just be there."

Generally, news crews don't shoot outside talent as a professional courtesy -- but it was a live shot at the scene of a disaster.

So the question is ...


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1590 days ago


what a ****

1590 days ago


No..and here's why. The local crew walked into his shot, not the other way around. It's the local crew who was in the wrong for not respecting his space. That local crew should have walked the other way

1590 days ago

yeah, I'm way out of line.    

He's a champion a-- hole if you ask me.

1590 days ago


who got there first? that should settle it

1590 days ago


FYI the local crew is from a rural small town that was just devastated by a TORNADO.

Professional courtesy my @$$, Champion should have known better. People died and he's worried about his profile- what a clown.

1590 days ago


KOKH was definitely crossed the line. They could have shot from a different sangle. No need to shoot from that angle. In fact they wld hv had a better angle from the left. I'm a woman and found the female announcer was irritating.

1590 days ago

chaz bono    

sam almost took out his purse to hit folk what a queen

1590 days ago


Champion is an ass. He is in our state where we lost 7 people and still have dozens missing and injured and the only thing he cares about is himself. As far as I am concerned he can go back to where he came from and never come back to oklahoma again. There is no room for selfish behavior in OKC when a disaster strikes he needs to move over and let Oklahomans handle this disaster as we have done with so many in the past!

1590 days ago


The guy with the hand held camera asked sam before hand if he could use sams lights and come into the area where sam was and do a live take for the local news, sam said his network did not want their equptment to be used by other stations without authorization first, the hand held camera man said okay then came back five minutes later and did this. If you look at sams face you can see he is surprised. If the local news wanted better lighting maybe they should get their own lights?? Why barge into Sam's area and film Sam if you are claiming to shoot a disaster scene, why give Sam so much face time.. I guess you're trying to make him look bad?

1590 days ago


News people have the biggest egos

1590 days ago


New York a-hole. He had a chance to show some sympathy for the locals, but instead shows he is concerned about his image.
Sam - being the weather guy for GMA ranks pretty low on the importance list.
Ask yourself - what would Al Roker do?

1590 days ago


I actually live where this tornado happened. Needless to say our town was not happy about BIG CITY ATTITUDE!! KOKH was shooting what every other news station was filming yet the big wig was the one who was worried bout his area...grow up! our town was just devestated and we lost lives,and you are worried!!!

1590 days ago


If you notice the ENTIRE scene by this "local film crew" is of Sam Champion's shocked face. TMZ taking the side of the local news when they are in the wrong, really? Half surprised they didn't ask Sam on camera "How do you feel to be the main part of the local news tonight, Sam?". The camera passes by all the destruction in the area and focuses right on this guy trying to do his job.

1590 days ago

Ozzie X    

That was proper.. you know your place now get there.. ahaha!!!

1590 days ago
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