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i want oat milk. reggie: you have made it easy for the reg. good morning, america. for our viewers in the west as we start a new week with you, the investigation into that concert tragedy. deadly disaster. at least eight people killed and hundreds injured during travis scott's performance at astroworld. the crowd surging toward the stage, crushing people into barricades, some collapsing to the ground. chaos.performing throughout the- [ crowd chanting "stop the show" ] as fans plead to stop the show. what scott is saying now as lawsuits are filed against him, live nation and superstar drake. and this morning, were houston officials concerned about the crowd before the event? clear for takeoff. as the u.s. opens its borders for the first time since the
start of the pandemic for fully vaccinated foreign travelers. but why airlines are warning of turbulence for the early arrivals. trillion dollar victory.ig his massive bipartisan infrastructure bill after weeks of democratic wrangling. now will the president be able to get the rest of his economic agenda across the finish line? hailed a hero. the sudden altercation on the altar, a pastor tackling a gunman in the middle of a church service. parishioners jumping into action to help hold him down until police arrived. first on “gma," breaking new details about president trump's final hours in office, telling republican officials of his plan to leave the party and start his own. inside the tense standoff, how the party got him to back down. jon karl is live in times square with new reporting from his book “betrayal.” tiktok to the rescue. how a missing 16-year-old girl was saved by using a hand gesture known to symbolize domestic violence that she learned on the popular social
media app. aaron rodgers on the defense. rodgers sidelined after a positive covid test and then slammed for misleading the league and fans about his vaccination status as the nfl reportedly investigates if he followed covid protocols. one-on-one with scottie pippen. >> the slide by pippen, a beautiful play. >> the nba legend "unguarded." >> you come out swingin' in this book. >> his relationship with michael jordan on and off the court. >> you call michael jordan selfish in the first chapter. why is that? >> and what he really thought of “the last dance,” first on “gm”" this morning. good morning, america. we all hope you had a good weekend. boy, that is some interview with scottie pippen. >> he does not hold back. >> you know what i'm talking about? let's talk about -- >> no, no, no. >> yes, we're going to get into that.
looking forward to it. we have been hearing so much about that book the past couple of weeks. we also have a big old grand reopening sign here in america. we'll have the latest on the international travel ban that was lifted this morning. want you to take a look. first flights taking off from heathrow heading for the u.s. this was just moments ago. gio was tracking the latest on what it could mean for the holidays. but we'll begin with the latest on that concert disaster. in houston eight people killed, hundreds more injured as the crowd surged as scott was on stage. we're learning more about the victims as scott himself speaks out. marcus moore live in houston with more on the investigation. good morning, marcus. >> reporter: robin, good morning. you can see that growing memorial justout side the concert venue behind me. the brother of one of the people who was trampled to death said, you go to a concert to have fun, not to die. this morning, grieving families are asking what went wrong here and who's accountable. this morning, multiple lawsuits against travis scott, live nation, and even rap superstar drake, filed after the
astroworld music festival in houston turned deadly. >> reports of people getting stepped a criminal investigation into the concert that left at least eight people dead and many others hurt. 50,000 fans gathering to see rapper travis scott, a houston native, and astroworld founder perform. ♪ as he took to the stage around 9:15 p.m., the crowd as seen in this apple music livestream pushing their way forward, forcing people into the barricades. >> our barricade even started to break and security had to come over to us and, like, start strapping the rails. >> reporter: people unable to move. some collapsing to the ground. 19-year-old quentin savage was trampled on while trying to pull his brother out of a human body pile. >> i was telling people, like, there are dead bodies over there, and nobody believed me. >> reporter: crowd chanting, stop the show. scott still performing throughout the chaos.
in this video seemingly unconscious man is carried out of the crowd. at one point, scott even seemingly acknowledging an ambulance on the scene. >> there's an ambulance. whoa, whoa. >> he noticed some people were like passed out. >> reporter: as he resumed, fans are hurt, pleading for help. this woman climbing the stage platform, pleading with the camera crew to stop the show and help. a security guard lost consciousness after being pricked in the neck by a substance requiring narcan to be revived. by 9:38 police declaring the scene a mass casualty incident. shortly after, scott pausing his song "skeletons," to help somebody in distress. >> we need some help. somebody passed out right here. >> reporter: but police and medics seen tending to fans even as the show carries on for nearly 40 more minutes. amidst the chaos, drake joins scott on stage. he posted these images from the night on his instagram. >> i'm honestly just devastated and i could never imagine anything like this just happening. >> reporter: the 30-year-old scott addressing the tragedy to his 43 million fans on instagram.
>> my fans really mean the world to me, and i always just really want to leave them with a positive experience. >> reporter: kylie jenner who he shares daughter stormy with, commenting, quote, i want to make it clear we weren't aware o any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing. >> we celebrate you. >> reporter: memorials honoring the victims with flowers and grieving notes. >> he was talking to everyone, how excited he was to be there, and to go, and he was saving up money to go with his best friend jacob who also passed away. >> reporter: among those who died, danish baig, 27, 16-year-old brianna rodriguez, axel acosta and franco patino, both 21 and 23-year-old rudy pena along with jacob jurinek.
a nurse saved this man's life. >> reporter: we were there as the once stranger reunited for the first time since the tragedy. how many people did you help? >> i helped three others. it's kind of like a you ve this is it these are the people who survived. >> reporter: the houston mayor is vowing a thorough investigation into what happened at this event. a concertgoer who suffered broken ribs and multiple broken bones filed a $1 million lawsuit sunday against travis scott, live nation, and show organizers, referencing chaos at other travis scott concerts. >> it's happened before. history has repeated itself, and we hope that by filing this lawsuit and the many other lawsuits that are guaranteed to follow, that travis scott and other artists like him understand concertgoers want to be safe. >> reporter: we heard from so many people who were at this concert event and they were talking about the crush of people and how they literally were fighting for their lives to
get out of the crowd and said this simply should not have happened. >> marcus, thank you. we'll bring in our chief legal analyst dan abrams. big picture, what stands out to you the most in this case? >> how many warning signs there were. you have had travis scott arrested twice before for disorderly conduct, for encouraging fans at concerts to cross the barriers, come up on stage, move forward, et cetera. you have 2015 in chicago, 2017 in arkansas. weeks later in new york, a fan is injured, partially paralyzed at a concert. 2019 at this very event, you had three people injured, and then at this event in this year, there are videos out there of people breaking down the security barriers earlier in the day. now in order to cross the line though into criminal conduct, level of recklessness on his part at the concert i think itself or in the planning of it
or in something that he says. >> what does he have to see? what does he have to be told? >> so he being travis scott? >> travis scott, to establish recklessness. >> right. so i think there's comments that he makes at the concert about rage on. i want to see some rages. it depends on when that was being said and in what context. just saying let's rage isn't a crime. you're allowed to encourage the fans to get excited, but there are a number of instances where you see it on some of the videos there's an ambulance, for example. the question is going to be, is he encouraging people to allow those ambulances to go forward? that's going to be something that's going to have to be evaluated, and here's the reality, that there's going to be social media videos of every moment of that show. every single second will have been documented. so we'll know exactly what he said and when he said it. >> we see civil lawsuits already. how big is this going to get? >> hundreds of millions of dollars, for sure, and a lot of that will be covered by insurance, but you're talking about a lot of possible depths,
live nation, travis scott, drake, others. >> later, we'll talk more about the victims and what happened. >> absolutely. >> thank you, dan. >> all right, dan. thank you. we want to turn to the united states lifting its ban on international travelers after nearly 20 months and opening the borders to vaccinated travelers. take a look. have an image of cars overnight at the u.s./mexico border. gio benitez is live now at the international arrivals terminal at newark airport. gio, you holding up that grand reopening sign? >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, t.j. good morning. yeah, those first flights are going to be landing in america later this morning here at newark. they'll land just before noon potentially leading to a major economic boost. this morning, people lined up at the border and taking off from airports around the world as america officially opens for business to most international visitors. opening borders to vaccinated foreign nationals for the first time since march 2020, and the flights will be packed. many of today's inbound international flights are sold out.
united alone expecting 30,000 inbound international passengers today. delta seeing a 450% increase in bookings by international travelers since the new rules were announced in mid-october, and hopper seeing searches for flights to the u.s. more than quadruple. the travelers must be fully vaccinated and have a negative covid test result taken no more than three days before travel. children 2 to 18 only need a covid test. delta ceo ed bastian recently warning, it may not be smooth sailing. >> it's going to be a bit sloppy at first, i can assure you. there will be lines, unfortunately. most people because it's going to be hit with an onslaught of travel all at once, but we'll get it sorted out. >> reporter: the impact to the american economy potentially huge. international visitors spend more than $43 billion at u.s. stores in 2019. >> international travelers when they come to the u.s. on
average, they stay longer, they spend more often. oftentimes they spend on average $4,000 per visit. >> reporter: and that november 22nd deadline for federal employees to get vaccinated still looming. they would have to get that final shot by today. just three weeks ago, the tsa said 40% of employees were still unvaccinated, but this morning, it won't say if that number has changed. and american airlines also telling us that flight attendants working the holidays will get a 150% bonus, 300% if they take no time off between now and the new year, t.j. >> all right. well, that's something. before we let you go here, can you give us an update on this federal appeals court suspended the biden administration's mandate -- vaccine mandate for private businesses? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, t.j. the court cited what it calls grave, statutory and constitutional issues. it mandates vaccines or weekly
testing for companies with at least 100 employees. no doubt about it, this will be battled out in court. >> all right, gio, we thank you, as always. george. >> t.j., we go to washington now where the biden administration is celebrating the passage of the infrastructure bill on his build back better plan. rachel scott is at the white house. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: after months of missed deadlines and that election loss in virginia, the infrastructure bill will soon head to president biden's desk. this is a rare bipartisan breakthrough in a bitterly divided congress. the $1 trillion package is estimated to create 500,000 jobs over the next few years, and it promises significant investments in every pocket of the country from how americans commute with $110 billion for highways, roads and bridges to protecting power outages with $65 billion to upgrade the nation's power grid. $39 billion in public transit, improving accessibility for people with disabilities, $65 billion to expand internet,
targeting rural areas and low income communities and a $55 billion investment in clean water with money funneled to replace lead pipes and address water contamination. now, this is just one part of the president's agenda. democrats will now move forward on that second part, the much larger social spending bill with funding for universal pre-k and for child care, but with no republican support, the president will have to keep his party united. that's going to be a big challenge, george. >> yep, they're trying to get it done by thanksgiving. thank you very much. robin? to the high stakes trial of three men facing charges in the killing of ahmaud arbery who was unarmed, shot to death while jogging. steve osunsami is tracking the latest for us. good morning, steve. >> reporter: good morning to you, robin. prosecutors argue that the three white men accused of murdering ahmaud arbery cannot claim self-defense and cannot be shielded by an old citizen's arrest law that was the law at the time here in georgia when arbery was killed. the special prosecutor describes the 25-year-old victim as being under attack, but defense lawyers describe the victim as a
plunderer or an intruder when the truth is that this young black man is never seen stealing anything on camera and was merely wandering around an unsecured home construction site where there were also other people wandering around that same site who were not seen as suspicious. travis mcmichael, his father gregory mcmichael and their neighbor william "roddie" bryan have pleaded not guilty, and 9 prosecutor told jurors the three men assumptions about arbery because of race. on friday the first witness was one of the first police officers to arrive on the scene, and during his testimony, the court showed a graphic police camera video of that incident that day, the result of it, and you got to see the body of this victim and blood in the street. it was all too much for arbery's mother and for one of the jurors who hid her face with a notebook. robin? >> steve, what can we expect as testimony resumes this week? >> reporter: we're expecting to
hear from more police officers. also very importantly, a 911 operator who responded to some of these calls. you got to hear what these defendants actually told the operator, and also we're expecting to hear from a state crime lab expert. robin? >> all right, steve. as we continue to think of his family. we appreciate it. george? okay, robin. we get to the story of a missing teenager who was rescued thanks to a distress signal she learned on tiktok. it's a hand gesture to passing cars that signifies domestic violence. janai norman has the latest. >> reporter: tiktok to the rescue. this morning a missing 16-year-old girl from north carolina is home safe after investigators say a trick she learned on the popular social media app may have led to her dramatic rescue. the laurel county, kentucky sheriff's office says they responded to a 911 call from a driver claiming to see a passenger making hand gestures that are known to symbolize domestic violence on tiktok.
>> silver toyota corolla on the interstate in distress. >> reporter: james herbert brick of north carolina was arrested during the ensuing traffic stop. >> our guys were waiting at the top of the ramp. we had one cruiser get in behind the vehicle. we had another cruiser get in front of the vehicle, and we boxed it in. >> reporter: the hand gesture that saved the day, this sos from tiktok that gained popularity during the pandemic shutdown as a signal for people to indicate they were unsafe. >> her hand is up like this, and you tuck your thumb in, and all four fingers over that thumb, and back and forth. >> reporter: there you have it. police are not identifying the victim, but say she is under 18, and her family had reported her missing from asheville, north carolina, just two days earlier. brick facing many charges including unlawful imprisonment. incredible way this young girl thought so quickly to get herself help. guys. >> you're right about that, janai. thank you. two notes from the new york
city marathon was back in action yesterday. two notes of impressive american women making headlines. this one, shalane flanagan. she finished her sixth marathon in six weeks. >> goodness. >> this one was her fastest time of all. the other one, molly seidel broke a record. fastest ever time run by an american and she did it with two broken ribs. she broke her ribs about a month ago, and this from larry tractenberg. he ran the first ever new york city marathon back in 1970. here he is 50 years later. he ran the race again. >> pretty great. thank you, t.j. a lot more coming up, including the latest on aaron rodgers. he's facing growing criticism as the nfl is investigating if he violated covid protocols. and scottie pippen is sitting down with michael speaking about michael jordan in "the last dance." but first, good morning, ginger. good morning, robin. now the select cities sponsored by dell technologies.
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to foreign nationals for the first time since 2020, and travelers must have a negative covid test taken three days before travel. tsa workers have to get that final shot by today. also president obama arrived in glasgow overnight to address u.n. climate change summit. obama tweeted that he will speak today about what's ahead in the battle against climate, especially the role young people can play. we want you to take a look at something here. a pastor being hailed a hero. can you make this out here? after this sudden altercation at the altar in nashville, a middle of a church service.the - parishioners jumped in to hold him down until police arrive. that is a scary and incredible scene. a gun in a church. we've seen this unfortunately too often. also, we got a whole lot more ahead here including what a lot of people have been waiting to hear from this guy. the one on the left, scottie pippen, hall of famer, he is speaking out about the guy on the right, michael jordan, and that "last dance"
documentary, he's speaking about it first on "gma." also former trying to destroy the republican party. jon karl talks about that. more on the fallout over aaron rodgers. the nfl star slammed for misleading the league and fans about his vaccination status. the team lost without their quarterback who tested positive for covid-19, and now the league is looking into accusations that the unvaccinated star ignored covid guidelines. will reeve fresh off of running the new york city marathon is here. he has more on the story. >> reporter: reporting for duty, robin. good morning. nfl fans like myself had sunday's chiefs/packers game for months. it was rodgers against patrick mahomes, but breaking news that rodgers tested positive sent shock waves through the sports world, and rodgers faced a growing storm of criticism for his actions and his words. >> pass caught. first down, kansas city. >> reporter: overnight, the
green bay packers mustering just one touchdown in their loss to the kansas city chiefs sunday with superstar quarterback aaron rodgers forced to miss the game after a positive covid test and a lot of controversy. >> but they don't have aaron rodgers. they have jordan love making his first nfl start. >> reporter: the reigning nfl mvp confirmed friday he is unvaccinated on "the pat mcafee show." the backlash to rodgers' absence and his defense of it, swift. >> i have an allergy to an ingredient that's in the mrna vaccines. >> reporter: the nfl does not have a mandatory vaccine mandate for its players and coaches but those unvaccinated must wear masks inside, be tested daily and follow social distancing sidelines. rodgers taking issues with those protocols. >> i have major travel restrictions. so i can't leave the hotel. i can't have dinner with teammates even though i tested negative that morning to even get on the flight. >> reporter: many people believe rodgers was vaccinated after this exchange at an august press
conference. >> are you vaccinated? >> yeah, i'm immunizeed. >> i didn't lie in the initial press conference. during that time, it was a very, you know, witch-hunt that was going on across the league. everyone on the squad knew i wasn't vaccinated and everyone in the organization knew i wasn't vaccinated. >> reporter: that interview becoming fodder for "snl." >> did you ever lie about being vaccinated? >> i never lied. i took all my teammates into a huddling, got all their faces three inches away from my wet mouth and told them, trust me. i'm more or less immunized. go team. >> reporter: rodgers receiving criticism on fox's nfl pregame show. >> i'm disappointed in his play on words for his explanation. >> reporter: espn reporting that multiple coaches and executives now complaining their teams were held to different covid-19 standards than those followed by the packers. >> the nfl is reviewing videos from inside the green bay packers training facility to see if protocols were followed, and they're also looking at videos that were posted from a halloween party that various
members of the team attended together, which perhaps was in violation of nfl rules and protocols. >> reporter: and now prevea, a local health care organization, ending their partnership with the star quarterback saying the separation was mutual. according to nfl.com, the league is investigating the packers' compliance with the covid present coles and rodgers could face a fine, but not a suspension if he's found in violation. the team could also be fired. rodgers fired back at those critics on friday saying he's in the crosshairs of the woke mob. the earliest he's eligible to return is saturday, one day before the packers face the seahawks. >> a lot of people are still talking about this. >> and they will be for awhile. >> yeah. you know, we talked about the new york city marathon in the first half hour, and this tweet was sent to the three of us. hi, but how did will reeve do in the marathon? so -- >> i did all right. i did well enough to show up for work on monday. >> oh, look at you there. >> oh, god. see? there we go. that's a happier photo.
that first one was pain. >> that was a nice day for a run. >> it was beautiful, and the spirit of new york was so alive and well, it made me so happy, and my heart was full and i appreciate you guys. >> you raised a lot of money. >> yes, $400,000 for the reef foundation, 65,000 of that from me personally and just thrilled to be apart of it. >> great. >> thank you so much. coming up, nba legend scottie pippen's new memoir. why he calls michael jordan selfish and why he says "the last dance" didn't tell the whole story of the bulls dynasty. that's first on "gma." dynasty. that's first on "gma." ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ the magic is calling you to the walt disney world fiftieth anniversary celebration.
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back now with nba legend back now with nba legend scottie pippen opening up in his new memoir "unguarded," on his relationship with michael jordan and its take on the bull dynasty. michael sat down with pippen who did not hold back. ♪ >> reporter: he's as legendary as they come. >> now to pippen and the slide by pippen, a beautiful play. >> six nba championships. six-time nba all-star. two-time olympic gold medalist. hall of famer. scottie, you did everything that you could do in the game. now in his new memoir, "unguarded," scottie pippen is sharing details about his road to super stardom. >> good evening once again and welcome to basketball. >> reporter: including what he really thought about the docuseries "the last dance" which followed the chicago bulls dynasty in the '90s.
pippen said when he agreed to be film, he didn't realize it would focus so heavily on michael jordan. you come out swinging and you have a lot of criticism about "the last dance." >> i thought it was a great documentary. i feel like the documentary only told a story that sort of glorified him as a player and not glorified us as a team. >> you called michael jordan selfish in the first chapter. why is that? >> i mean, he was a great scorer, but a lot of things that he did was based on him as an individual, and i think basketball is a team game. >> reporter: watching you and michael on the court, it looked like two best friends out there just crushing everybody. what was your relationship like off the court? >> it wasn't what you saw on the court. we always will have that respect for each other, but our friendship is not what people see it on tv think it is.
>> do you think that michael jordan would be as successful without you? >> no, but i don't think i would be as successful without him. i think we both complemented each other in a lot of different ways, and we kind of competed and pushed each other to be great. >> reporter: pippen says "the last dance" was a chance for jordan to tell his story, but his new book is a chance for pippen to tell his. pippen's story began with learning the game on a dirt court in hamburg, arkansas, a rim attached to an old light pole. you say some of the best games ever played were on the dirt court. why is that? >> i was learning. i was growing. that was the fun part of it because there was never any expectations or pressure. >> reporter: the youngest of 12 children, as a kid, his brother ronnie was partially paralyzed by a school bully. later his father would suffer a stroke leaving him disabled. >> it gave me a lot of responsibilities at a young age, you know, to help take care of them and to be there for my mom
and i grew up fast. >> was that a motivating factor for you to play sports? >> yeah, it was motivating. i was trying to find my way out. >> reporter: after being kicked off the basketball team in high school and without a scholarship, he'd go to play for the university of central arkansas. >> scott pippen. >> reporter: at 21 years old, pippen was drafted fifth overall pick, landing him with the chicago bulls. >> all the work that i put in really became fruitful for me that day, and i was able to finally take a deep breath. >> reporter: the book also detailing the dark moment in his relationship with then bulls head coach phil jackson. in 1994 there was an issue during the game where phil jackson wanted you to inbound the ball instead of taking the last shot, and he deferred that shot to tony kukoc. for years you said phil jackson is a racist.
>> i felt like i had earned my right to take that last shot. i felt like he disrespected me at that moment. >> looking back on it after all these years, you don't feel that way about it? >> when you are a player and you are in the heat of the moment, those things go through your mind, but now that it's over, i have had a lot more great times with phil than i did bad times, and that's why i say that. >> reporter: pippen's career in the nba would last 17 seasons, and he would be named 1 of the 50 greatest players in nba history. he retired in 2004. a year later the bulls retired his jersey. >> that was a special moment for me, just shows, you know, the hard work that i put in, and, you know, the belief that i had in myself. >> reporter: it's amazing how fast it goes, isn't it? >> yeah, it is. it is. >> reporter: like that. >> yeah, because you're always trying to prepare for the next challenge. >> reporter: before we ended, i had one final question. how do you want to be remembered?
>> as the greatest of all time. >> that's a great answer. >> now that was something. >> wow. >> greatest of all time. >> but he didn't know the documentary was going to focus so much on michael jordan? but, you know, pippen was great. he was a fantastic player. i mean, as you heard at the end of the piece there, all his accolades, but it's a shame, and for him to say that -- we knew they weren't that good of friends off the court. >> right. >> it wasn't really a surprise that they were not the same off the court that they were on the court. >> he's laying it all out there. >> and you can see more, right? >> that's right. you can see a lot more of michael's interview with scottie pippen tonight on "nightline," and "unguarded" is out tomorrow. t.j.? all right. we have an amy robach-inspired "play of the day" coming up. ay".
♪ ♪ back here on "gma" with our "play of the day." the start of an amazing adventure in antarctica with amy. that's what we're calling it. wher >> where are you headed? >> hey, good morning to you guys. t.j., nice to see you. our incredible journey started yesterday where we came here to miami. but this is just the beginning. we have quite a busy day today. it starts with a 12-hour flight. we are flying all the way to the southern most city in argentina, and then from there, we will be
boarding a ship. on the fifth day of travel, we will finally take our first steps onto antarctica, and that's the "national geographic endurance." it's a polar expedition ship with cutting edge technology for some of the roughest seas in the world. it's called the drake passage, and i already have some of my seasickness patches ready to go on right here as soon as we board that ship. we don't know what to expect, but we're being told we could have 18-foot swells. sounds like an adventure i'm excited to take. the whole point is to talk about our changing climate, and so we're going to bring you what's happening there at the south pole. we're going to hopefully see some incredible wildlife, and we're going to talk about the massive changes that are taking place because of the change in climate in our world, guys. >> yeah, and you are always up for a challenge. bless you, amy. travel safe. okay. that's a actually epic journey. you got to say that. we can't wait to see so much, and we will coming up in our
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collapsing to the ground. >> people are getting stepped on.9-ye-ont e was stepllther out of a body pile. >> i was telling them, there are dead bodies over there, and nobody believed me. >> reporter: scott still performing throughout the chaos. at one point, scott even seemingly acknowledging an ambulance on the scene. >> there's an ambulance. whoa. >> reporter: but as he resumed, fans are heard pleading for help, but police and medics seen tending to fans even as the show carries on for nearly 40 more minutes. amidst the chaos, drake joins scott on stage, and he posted these images from the night on his instagram. >> i'm honestly just devastated and i could never imagine this happening. >> reporter: among those who died, danish baig, briana rodriguez, and franco patino, as well as rudy pena.
we know that there had been concerns about crowd control issues going into the weekend. "the new york times" is reporting that the houston police chief actually met with scott to express those concerns before the show. still, obviously there are a lot of unanswered questions, and so much pain here in houston. robin? >> marcus, thank you. we're going to turn now to the united states lifting its ban on international travelers after nearly 20 months. opening the borders to vaccinated travelers. let's go back to our transportation correspondent gio benitez who's tracking the latest. good morning again, gio. >> reporter: hey, robin, good morning again. those first flights are set to land here in america later this morning, and we are already getting images from around the world. take a look because overnight, we saw people lined up at the border, and taking off from airports this morning as america officially opens for business to most international visitors. opening borders to vaccinated foreign nationals for the first time since march 2020, and the flights, they will be backed. many of today's inbound international flights are already sold out. the travelers must be fully
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♪ this monday morning."gma" on glad to have you with us, and t.j., today you're going to sit down with will smith. >> yeah. i'm leaving here and heading to philly. he has a lot going on. the new movie "king richard," and also the new book. forget what you think you know about will smith. i've been reading it this weekend. it is incredible. his journey, his story. >> he got back in shape, too.
>> he did. he gained all that weight and now he's back in shape. it's -- we learn a lot about will we never knew. >> looking forward to the conversation tomorrow. >> looking forward to it. we have our cover story now, and we turn to more on that tragedy. we have been talking about houston. a lot of the victims were young, including one at least 16-year-old among the dead. our erielle reshef is joining us now with what parents, erielle, need to know before maybe sending their young kids to a concert or festival like this. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, t.j. your heart breaks. what makes this all the more shocking is just how young many of those victims were. as you mentioned. this morning, experts say there are ways parents can help ensure their kids stay safe at future events. this morning, a closer look at the young victims of the astroworld music festival tragedy. eight losing their lives. 25 sent to the hospital. nearly 300 treated for injuries on the scene. ninth grader john hilgert and 16-year-old brianna rodriguez among those killed.
five hospitalized under the age of 18, including a 10-year-old in critical condition. travis scott posting this video on instagram stories. >> i'm honestly just devastated, and i could never imagine anything like this. >> reporter: scott and his girlfriend, kylie jenner have a combined 400 million followers on social media. jenner writing on instagram, travis and i are broken and devastated. adding, i want to make it clear, we weren't aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show, and in no world would have continued filming or performing. according to astroworld's website, there was not an age requirement to attend the show. we reached out to live nataron emorhis t, and have not heard back. it's not the first time fans have been injured at scott's concerts, and in the netflix documentary "look, mom, i can fly," fans are seen rushing the stage. scott heard urging security to step aside. some fans carried out.
scott arrested following that show, eventually pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. experts say parents should do their research before sending their underaged children to large-scale concerts and events. >> make sure they have assigned seats and they're not in that standing room only area where there is that risk of there being a rush to the stage or a stampede or even being smushed in the crowd. >> reporter: experts say, make sure you have a meeting point and exit strategy, and do research about previous performances by the artist if there have been serious safety issues in the past that could be a major red flag, george. >> erielle, thanks very much. we're joined now by jon karl who's here with an exclusive scoop from his new book, "betrayal: the final act of the trump show." jon, this is something. >> it really is, george, and this is one of the very last acts of donald trump as president of the united states. angry and vindictive, he told the chairwoman of the republican party he was leaving the gop. he was creating his own competing political
organization, and that he didn't care if the move destroyed the party that brought him to the white house. >> reporter: on the morning of joe biden's inauguration, donald trump left the white house early, becoming the first defeated president to refuse to greet his successor in more than a century and a half. >> i want to say good-bye. but hopefully it's not a long-term good-bye. we'll see each other again. >> reporter: before boarding air force one for the last time, and trump threw themselves a farewell ceremony complete with a military band and a big red carpet. his family was there, but only a handful of his aides and congressional supporters showed up. >> so have a good life. we will see you soon. thank you. thank you very much. >> reporter: just minutes after he boarded the plane and waved good-bye, trump took a call from republican party chairwoman ronna mcdaniel. in my upcoming book, "betrayal: the final act of the trump show," i report that trump told mcdaniel he was done with the republican party. this is according to multiple sources familiar with the conversation.
i'm done, trump told mcdaniel from his office on board air force one. i'm starting my own party. you cannot do that, mcdaniel told trump. if you do, we will lose forever. >> exactly. you lose forever without me, trump responded. i don't care. trump's attitude, according to a source who heard the conversation was that if he lost, everyone around him deserved to lose too. over the course of the next several days, republican party leadership told trump and his team in florida that if he left the party, they would take steps that would cost him millions of dollars. they would stop paying his legal fees and take the trump email list, an asset trump makes millions on renting out to candidates and give it to republican candidates for free. by the following week, trump backed down, and decided to stay with the republican party, but only after he saw that leaving could cost him dearly. and george, just a short while ago, the rnc, the chairwoman ronna mcdaniel issued a statement denying this report,
but i have to tell you is that denial is a lie. i spoke to multiple people about this including a direct witness to the initial conversation with donald trump and direct witnesses to the subsequent conversations. i want to read you a couple of quotes from those officials. one said that when ronna mcdaniel said that you will destroy the party, they described trump's reaction this way. he didn't care. it was a punishment. he said, exactly. then you guys would lose forever. then another official was involved in these subsequent conversations where trump was warned that if he did this would cost him millions of dollars. he said, we will make it impossible to make money, and you have asked us, and you will not get any of that. this was a heated, intense series of conversations that happened over four or five days. >> and you can prove they happened. the irony is even though trump showed no loyalty to the
republican party, his bond with republican voters is stronger than ever. >>t'lyn aming rcstance bausee was saying hered his attitude was that he had lost the presidency. it was because republicans didn't fight hard enough for him, and they needed to suffer. they needed to be punished, and, you know, i had any initial conversation with donald trump for this book back in march, just about a month and a half after he left the white house. it was uncertain what his role was going to be in the party. now fast forward to today, and he is the indisputable leader of a party that he threatened to destroy. >> jon karl, thanks very much. let's go to ginger. serious coastal flooding over the weekend. you can see this is virginia, and the streets are full of water because of a very slow-moving storm. that king tide with the new moon, and that thing is the still out there. there are still threats from asbury park and coastal flooding.
we're also watching a storm come to the west coast. this was 4 to 6 inches of snow, and you can see icy roads too. a new one tuesday that's moving across the country. what it's going to mean is storms possible for parts of texas, tuesday to wednesday, and friday, look at this, could that be a first snow for many folks? from minneapolis to chicago, and now to saving tomorrow.
abc news' month-long report across the globe on our changing climate. this morning, amy begins our most ambitious journey yet. she's heading to antarctica, set to take off from miami international airport. amy, you better soak up that florida weather while you can. >> reporter: i know. i got to get some vitamin d while i can. did you know this, robin, it's summer where i'm heading in antarctica? actually from november to march is the only period of time where people can travel where the weather is tame enough for people to travel there. we're going to be there with expeditions, an outfit that takes people to some of the most challenging places on earth. we have a very long journey ahead of us. it starts today where we get on a 12-hour flight, and we'll be setting foot on three separate continents and traversing some potentially extremely rough seas along the way. this morning, our epic journey to antarctica is under way.
a 12-hour flight straight south to argentina, to the southern most city on the planet. from there, our 15-member broadcast team board "the national geographic endurance," a ship built for polar exploration, the record low at the south pole minus 78 degrees. lucky for us it's springtime there now, but the glaciers means exposure to the elements. i made it to miami beach. i got a lot of warm clothes. i got my jackets, gloves, my boots. we are headed south, way south, and we are ready for the cold. the first 24 hours, crossing the drake passage, widely considered the roughest, most punishing seas on the planet. a day after that, the tip of the southernmost continent will appear on the horizon. a land mass roughly the size of the continental united states
and mexico combined. and it's virtually uninhabited of course, except for the wildlife. orcas and humpback whales weighing up to 40 tons, and leopard seals can grow more than 10 feet long. then further south, we will finally set foot on antarctica, where we'll be greeted by its most famous residents, penguins. from emperors, colonies of over 100,000 birds. it's all going to be worth it though. we're going to be traversing as i said some of the world's roughest seas. the drake passage, it's fairly infamous. we just got the forecast and we're told we're looking at about 18-foot swells. i have no idea what that is going to look or feel like, but we're ready for it. we've got the medicine we need not to get too sick, but we're excited about what lies ahead, guys. >> you are truly taking one for the team. so amy, tell us -- just remind folks why you're going to such great lengths to get to antarctica.
>> reporter: right, the antarctic ice sheet and i didn't know this, makes up 90% of the world's ice volume. that's significant as you can ffatur in this world, yoree, ri e e rl we're hoping to bring that to you up close and personal. you can actually see the effects of these rising temperatures in our world, what it's doing to antarctica, and what that will be doing to the rest of the world, how we're all connected. >> such a meaningful trip you're taking, and when you board the ship, just tell people the pandemic safety measures that will be taken. >> reporter: yes, yes, yes. we're all fully vaccinated, all of us who are going onto this ship. i got my first pcr, actually two pcr tests over the weekend. i'm getting another one where we're going into a bubble with all of us on the ship, and once we get to that southernmost city in argentina, we're getting
another covid test before we eventually get onto the drake passage and head to antarctica. so we have a lot of protocols in place. everything you might imagine. this is going to be a very, very safe trip. >> and i hope it's a fun trip for you as well. thank you. t.j. really wanted to go with you, especially when he heard about the waves. >> i know. >> he really wanted to be there. >> he loves the cold. >> some friends say they'll follow you to the ends of the earth. this is not -- it ain't us. this is not us. robes, talk to you soon. you're going to have a good time, but be safe. looking forward to checking in with you. >> thank you. thank you. we want to turn now to the new book by award-winning podcast host zibby owens. it's an anthology of essays called "moms don't have time to have kids." we were scratching our heads about this title. >> reporter: it's because moms don't have time for anything let alone kids. zibby has interviewed over 900 authors for her widely popular
podcast, "moms don't have time to read books," and now she's joining us for a read. zibby owens knows moms just don't have time. >> moms are totally overscheduled, exhausted, stressed out and feeling, like, alone in their ability to handle all of it this. >> reporter: in her new anthology, "moms don't have time to have kids," owens showcases 53 original essays. >> this is my essay. i am the writer. >> reporter: by 49 notable authors. >> my essay is called "life lessons korean mother style." >> reporter: thoughtful vignettes. >> i put out the questions i have been afraid to ask for many years, mama, am i pretty? >> perhaps that's why in all those years, that little girl in that plaid jumper, i never lost my voice. >> reporter: and all the things moms struggle to do, like sleep, see friends and write. owens penning three deeply personal essays for the book. >> i'm thinking, if i'm feeling
one way, someone else out there is feeling and thinking that way. >> in one of the essays you wrote, you describe the relationship with time as almost being, like, a game of tag. sometimes you're chasing time. sometimes time is chasing you. >> sometimes on the weekends, the days are, like, endless. as much as i love my kids, i feel like, why is it still only 4:00? other days it's too fast and i'm fighting against time the whole time. i can't do something fast enough. >> reporter: as women struggle to stay on the hamster wheel of motherhood, owens hopes this book can offer them a quick escape to recharge. why do you think it's important for moms to find time to read? >> it's the easiest way to take care of yourself. i don't have time to take a bath. i don't have time to, like, go to a yoga studio, but i can literally, like, open up a book and in two minutes, i'm in someone else's head. i'm out of my own stuff and i reset. that's what i liked about compiling a bunch of essays for this book. you open it up and you get a snackable bit of someone else's life, just enough to let you keep going in your own life a little more.
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you can find us on our app and abc7news.com. ♪ that's a nice welcome from mariah carey right there, a present to her fans. a new song called "fall in love at christmas." >> you know who styled her for this video? de'ondre tristan. now that's what you call a side hustle. that's a good side hustle that he has, and he does a fantastic job. we have a monday miracle for you this morning. the story of how one mom persevered through her battle with covid after spending nearly three months in the hospital on a ventilator.
now cierra chubb is finally going home to her family and newborn. we're going to hear from cierra and her husband, jamal. there they are. it's a very special day, and we'll hear from them in a minute, but first, juju, juju chang has their story. >> reporter: a moment nearly 100 days in the making. cierra chubb walking out of the hospital to rehab. healthcare heroes cheering her on after nearly dying of covid. the south carolina mom's harrowing journey beginning in july. then eight months pregnant with her third child, cierra was unsure how the vaccine would affect her baby. she chose to wait. >> it's not, like, i'm not doing this. as soon as we give birth, it's a done deal. >> reporter: cierra was infected and within days, hospitalized for pneumonia. doctors rushed to deliver her son several weeks early. she was then placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. cierra's heart stopping twice.
doctors working on resuscitating her. >> they called me that night and said, hey, you might want to get up here and come see her. we don't know she's going to make it. >> reporter: suddenly jamal was parenting three kids on his own, documenting the heartbreak going viral on tiktok. >> as far as this goes, i don't want anybody to experience what we are experiencing. >> reporter: then after several weeks, the good news they'd all been waiting for. >> one night a nurse calls me and she says, hey, jamal, i'm giving you a call because cierra's awake, and she wants to talk to you. >> reporter: cierra is growing stronger by the day. today the big homecoming, reunited with her family at long last. >> at long last. cierra and jamal chubb join us now live from encompass health rehabilitation hospital in south carolina. thank you for allowing us to share your story, especially a big milestone today. cierra, what are you most looking forward to today? >> being at home with my kids.
it's been such a long time. they each came up to visit once, but it's not the same. >> i'm sure it's not, and i know they can't wait to see you back in the house. how about for you, jamal, about tday? >> oh, man. robin, i have been crying in the car all morning on my way up here. it was just surreal that this is the last time we'll have to make this drive, and that she's going to get to be home with our family. it's just -- it's truly a miracle. >> jamal, you've got your family at home and you've got hundreds of thousands of family members all around the world now, people who started to follow your story after you started to share it on social media. tell us about that experience. >> yeah, it's just one of those things where you're living life and all of a sudden, everything
feels like it's collapsing really, and at first i started sharing the story on tiktok just because i wanted to update people because i kept getting a lot of text messages, but then it grew from updating to informing people about the, you know, what i'm seeing with covid firsthand and encouraging people to get vaccinated, and so it just kind of took on a life of its own. >> i guess the ultimate update and milestone is coming when you finally go home, cierra, but let's go back to another, the video we have of you actually walking out of that hospital. >> yes. >> take us through those steps and the reaction you were getting at that hospital. >> that was incredible. i knew that there were going to be people that wanted to say good-bye. i had been there so long that i had gotten to know the nursing staff and the respiratory specialists very well, but i wasn't expecting there to be that many people that were so invested in, like, my wellness. so it was incredible. >> and you can just see how genuine it is, the reaction, and seeing you leaving the hospital like that, and now you're about to leave the rehabilitation
center because it is a long process. you just don't know from the hospital and going home and being in rehab as you have. jamal, when you were talking earlier about how social media, getting the word out and helping, what has gotten you through this difficult time for your wife? >> oh, man. so many prayers. i'm a person of faith. i believe in god. so many prayers from people. specifically there was a tiktok i posted where i asked for people to help me if their loved ones or themselves had ever gotten this sick because at the time doctors were saying we should go the hospice route, and then people reached out to me, particularly a lady named kristen kay who got covid-19 before there was a vaccine, and she kind of helped me with the steps that she walked through and just gave me a lot of hope for what we saw in cierra. >> and we followed your story of course, through social media,
and what you were posting, jamal, and you would probably answer this by saying, you know what, i did what i was supposed to do. this was my responsibility, my duty in the house, to take care of my wife and take care of the kids, but cierra, can you say something to him publicly that maybe you have been saying privately? you had to still appreciate it and had a respect for what he was going through, and how he kind of held it down while you were in the hospital. >> absolutely. before this happened, i was a stay-at-home mom, so i was at home with my kids 24/7 with them climbing all over me, needing every little thing, walking past their dad to ask me for things instead because that's just how it works, and so i -- he's been a rock star the entire time because it can be -- just raising kids by yourself is just taxing, and when you get married, you are never expecting
to have to do that part on your own because it's a partnership, and we've always shared things equally. he's a very involved dad. so i think this jump for him versus maybe your average guy wasn't that big, but with me being sick on top of it, it has to have been, like, exhausting to say the least. so -- but, he's great. > and you know what? cierra, you're great. jamal, can you reciprocate and show some love? i mean, that's wonderful what she said about you and you're a beautiful couple, but can you just let us know what's in your heart for that strong woman by your side? >> yeah. yeah, and thank you for asking that question, robin. babe, i'll tell you like this. it was -- to see you fight and you not be aware what was happening, but the last words you said before you got put on the vent was, i'm coming back to my family.
you posted that on your instagram. >> yeah. >> and that's just the hope i held onto as we -- as we progressed, right? i posted it, pinned it on my facebook page, right? because it gave me hope every day to read it because i knew what you wanted to do. you wanted to come back. >> yeah. >> and you did that, and god blessed us. >> blessed indeed. thank you, thank you, thank you. it is a monday motivation for us, a monday miracle, and enjoy being at home with your young ones. thank you both. thank you both, and there's so much more to your story. we appreciate you being here on "gma," but juju is going to have so much more on your story on "nightline." that's 12:35 a.m. eastern, and 11:35 central. it's worth staying up for.
"gma" is gearing up for the cma awards, and before the big night, we got to spend time with stars like luke bryan, jimmy allen, keith urban and a whole lot more behind the stage. >> okay. here we go. ♪ one week in the life of country music stars. you won't believe what our cameras catch. on the road, and behind the
scenes with country music. >> it's always different, but i love that. i love the adventure. >> in the life of jimmy allen. >> this is what jimmy looks like pre-rehearsal. >> it's a lot. you got to make time for yourself. one thing i've learned that i try to tell artists all the time is i say, listen, people will put everything in your schedule. the one thing they will never put in your schedule is a break. so you have to still chase your dream, but make time for you. >> what's up, people? >> it's over there. >> mental sanity is very important. i'm an outdoorsy kind of guy for sure. i love my fishing. i make time for that. i've canceled a lot of things to go fishing. >> boxing has been i think one of the most important parts of my self-care.
i have been doing it pretty consistently. you look so beautiful. how are you? >> when go out and play shows, we're missing drop off and pickup. the things i look most forward to are just dinnertime and just bedtime stories before bed. >> hey. >> i do play a lot of golf when i'm home. only took me 30 tries. chipping green in the back is one of the reasons we bought that place. i did not put that chipping green in there. >> he comes back after a long day of school. he's, like, me. he just likes to lay around and be lazy which i love. >> my kids, we do a lot of barbie dreamhouse, a lot of playing with the dolls and toys and cars. construction equipment. >> for more tune into tonight's abc special, backstage pass countdown to the cma awards airing at 10:00, 9:00 central. ginger?
we turn now to the cast of "passing," the upcoming drama that tells a story of racial identity through the eyes of two childhood friends and it's already getting oscar buzz. our chris connelly sat down with the stars. >> she has something that i think is amazing which is an absolute fearlessness to be herself, but lives in a society that cannot and will not accept her as her whole self. >> reporter: starring ruth negga and tessa thompson, providing a nuanced and deeply emotional look at two women navigating minefields of race and identity, yearning and defiance.
"passing" based on a 1929 novel, it's one of the critically acclaimed films, the directing debut of actress rebecca hall. "passing" is for one group to be mistaken for another. passing as a white woman, offered access to a world of privileges. >> it's not an objection of your blackness. it's a way to survive. it was a secret, and people had to leave their histories behind, leave their families behind, leave their bloodlines behind, but really that's not possible. it will follow you. >> i think so often in the history of american cinema, there is this idea of moralizing the person that decides to pass something that is bad. i think the book was so much more about just passing in terms of the racial construct. it was about the ways in which
we all pass. >> lots of people pass all the time. >> it's easy for a negro to pass for a white. i'm not sure if it's easy for a white person to pass for colored. >> reporter: her childhood friend irene is prominent in harlem society, a prosperous doctor, a chance reunion upends both of their lives. >> this woman has been in exile essentially, and this is her homecoming, longing for home, for familiarity, for one's people, something that was denied people who enacted the life severns that is passing. >> what leads to her demise is her yearning to be in the company of blackness again, but in that way, it's a complicated celebration of the beauty of blackness. >> it seems as though your irene is constantly worried she will lose something. >> she's a worrywart. >> she's beginning to think that no one is ever happy for her or
safe. >> what? >> have you ever thought of passing? >> no. why should i? i have everything i ever wanted. >> it looks like a film that might have been made in a bygone era, and when they were making films like that in hollywood, we weren't making them with two leads that look like us, and that's why for me it feels impactful. >> reporter: for "good morning america," chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> "passing" will be available on netflix ♪ ♪ ♪ easy tools on the chase mobile app. simplicity feels good. chase. make more of what's yours. -hi mommy! -hi honey! oh i missed you! you just want to video call the kids. ok. hush little baby... don't say a word...
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you might have even asked me this, if i would run for office on new year's day, i would have said no way, and because it's such a huge transition in the moment we're in, in obviously the nastiness that occurs, but, you know, it is an adjustment that i have to make as somebody that's been in politics on the other side for 35 years, but i think the moment calls for it. >> and do you see it as a continuation of the kind of things that you write about in this book? this is not a political book. it's an inspirational book, and it's got poetry, and every chapter ends with a poem from you. is it a continuation of the message you're sending in this book? >> i wrote this book not thinking i was running, and in the aftermath, it actually does inform me and how we want to deal with where we are as a country, and what do we do with ourselves? i mean, the hardest thing about a candidate in the midst of this is holding your center. this book talks a lot about that, finding your center, finding meaning.
but i actually think it is a call to go back to some basic human values that many of us, or many people in this political world have forgotten. it's informative. although i didn't write the book -- it's not a book you would normally write to run for office. >> how does healing ourselves and healing the nation go together? >> to me, ultimately, the way we get through such a troubled time and disruptive movement, and people are going through grief of their own in everything that's happened with covid and politics, and everything that's going on, and it's really the path to me of healing our nation is healing ourselves, through the things we need to open ourselves up to. the title, "revelations on the river" really comes from the idea, revelation as we think of as a faith thing, which it is, and the bible, and revelations come us to every day. how do we listen to our heart and the voices within us, and respond and find those truths within us to find meaning in our life? >> what do you hope people would gt out of the book? >> i hope people take the time to themselves to figure themselves through this, to find
a path to the truth, instead of listening to all the screaming and yelling and all of that, to take quiet moments that they can and find that sort of center in themselves, find the truth of themselves, and then in that, figure out what they want to do and the steps they want to take to improve the world, starting in their neighborhoods and starting in their communities. >> where does your fascination with lighthouses come from? >> well, i grew up and i was born in michigan and the great lakes are filled with them, but the first time i went to one, i was struck by the fact that this is both a warning for danger and also a welcoming from the storm, and the interesting thing about lighthouses is lighthouses can't work unless there's dark, and so understanding both the light and the dark not only within us, but within the world gives you a path, but the thing about a lighthouse is that no matter how rundown it is, it can provide a direction for people to go, and i hope people see themselves as a lighthouse. >> it's great to see you again, matt. thanks for coming in. "revelations on
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the north bay with a level 2 system. >> we will be back at 11:00 for midday live. a reporting continues on ourapp an >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" today, actress juliette lewis. and country star jordan davis singh's has hit a new song, "buy dirt." plus, joey thurman as we kick off "fall into wellness week." also, ali wentworth is here to join ryan at the co-host desk. all next on "live!" and now, here are ryan seacrest ryan seacrest and ali wentworth! >> ryan: hi, deja. good morning. come on in, ali. already on a monday.