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how exciting would that be? kumasi: good morning, americ our viewers in the west. tensions high this wednesday morning as the country awaits a verdict in the rittenhouse trial. protests in kenosha overnight with jury deliberations about to enter a second day, kyle rittenhouse himself randomly picked which jurors would serve as alternates. who will decide the teenager's fate as he faces five charges carrying the possibility of life behind bars? also this morning, when the fda is considering expanding booster shots to all adults as pfizer now seeks authorization for its antiviral pill as many fear a winter surge with hospitalizations up in at least a dozen states. deadly wildfires. a pilot killed while battling the flames in colorado. this morning the mandatory evacuations in the west.
sentencing day for the qanon shaman. one of the key figures in the january 6th insurrection. prosecutors seeking the longest sentence yet for any of the rioters. bracing for takeoff. more than 50 million americans taking to the roads and skies, this morning the head of the tsa joins us with that vaccine mandate about to kick in. are they prepared for the holiday rush? tennis star missing? the former number one doubles player in the world hasn't been seen or heard from since accusing a former chinese official of sexual assault. this morning, what naomi osaka, novak djokovic and more top players are saying. we're taking you inside the shipping crunch on the front lines of u.p.s.' largest shipping hub in the world. the epic operation under way right now, and we'll tell you the big date to remember to avoid fast shipping fees. ♪ i'm stronger than yesterday ♪ overnight britney spears breaking her silence after a judge ended her 13-year conservatorship. >> i honestly think you guys saved my life.
>> the pop star's message for the free britney movement, and embracing her new life. what's next for her father and what she said about her mother. ♪ that makes you larger than life ♪ and just when you thought we couldn't go any bigger, from the gentle giants to a mighty 100,000 penguins, plus the largest moving objects on earth and that's just the tip of the iceberg as amy and our intrepid expedition team make their megajourney back home from antarctica. ♪ how your love affects my reality ♪ i'm surprised we made it this far in the journey before tip of the iceberg came out. >> they're on their way home so i thought why not, george. >> good morning, america.
we are talking about amy robach finally making her way home. not as simple as jumping on a pane. there she is waving but we will check in with her one more time live and she makes her way back on that journey. >> big shoutout to her and our entire team there. thank them for that. we begin with the kyle rittenhouse trial. jurors about to start a second day of deliberations after spending more than eight hours yesterday debating whether the 18-year-old is guilty of homicide in those police protest shootings that left two men dead last summer. terry moran is in kenosha tracking all of this for us. good morning, terry. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the jurors in this case who are not is he requested resuming deliberations this morning after as you mentioned deliberating for about 8 1/2 hours yesterday. their only request they wanted a copy for each of the jurors of the 36 pages of jury instructions in this case and their first request they wanted the pages that dealt with the question of self-defense under the law. the question at the heart of this case. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: the city of kenosha on edge, a few small protests overnight. as this morning the countdown to a verdict is on in the trial of
kyle rittenhouse. the jury entering its second day o deliberations. before those deliberations could officially begin a striking and rare moment in the courtroom. the defendant himself randomly drawing numbers determining through a lottery which of the 18 jurors will serve as alternates and which will decide his fate. >> number 9, number 52. >> reporter: the judge here wisconsin's longest serving trial judge known for doing things his way. >> that's been the practice in this court for i'm going to say 20 years at least. >> reporter: the jurors chosen to deliberate, seven women and five men including one person of color. they will decide this case as kyle rittenhouse faces five charges, the most serious count carrying a possible sentence of life behind bars. it's a complex case, the jurors who aren't sequestered must look at each of the three shootings rittenhouse committed in august 2020 armed with an ar-15 leaving joseph rosenbaum and anthony huber dead and gaige
grosskreutz badly injured. but the key question for them, did rittenhouse act in self-defense as his defense team has argued? these shootings taking place as riots engulfed kenosha last over the shooting of jacob blake, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. >> the rioters, the demonstrators who turned into rioters, those are the individuals who bring us forth. >> reporter: that's an argument the prosecution vehemently disputes. >> everything the community went through, the only person who shot and killed anyone was the defendant. >> reporter: the city of kenosha, the people here, they were traumatized by those protests. you can feel it when you talk to them. they aren't expecting the same kind of trouble. businesses aren't boarded up and frankly there are more reporters than protesters on the street at this point. guys? >> okay, terry, appreciate it. we bring in our abc news chief
legal analyst dan abrams. and, dan, your thought initials as we begin the second day of deliberations? >> if there have been a verdict yesterday and if we heard the word verdict yesterday, i think it would have been good news for kyle rittenhouse. it would have meant i think that they had gone through very quickly the charges and determined, you know, we don't even need to get into this too much it's clear there was self-defense. the fact they're going into day two at the very least means they're taking their time, they're evaluating and assessing the law and the facts. >> more copies of the jury instructions. what do you take from that? >> this isn't a case about exactly what happened. it's a question about why and it's a question about the law and those jury instructions are the whole case. i mean, this case is about the law, right? it's about how do you interpret the law based on the fact that -- we have videos of what happened. we saw it happen. so now the question is, how do i interpret everything that
happened and decide it and that's the jury instructions and that's why. >> basically if they think he started it he's guilty. >> not necessarily. they could believe he provoked this but still invoke self-defense. it makes it harder but he could still do it. i have to say the randomness we were talking about -- >> i was going to ask you this. what was behind the idea of him picking his own jurors? >> i've never seen this happen before. i mean it looks like a lottery or something, you know, where he's reaching his hand in. it is a bizarre spectacle. the judge apparently does it all the time. i've never seen it happen. other wisconsin lawyers haven't seen it happen either. >> dan harriabrams, thank you v much. two major developments in the fight against the coronavirus. the fda is poised to expand vaccine boosters to all adults and pfizer petitioned the fda for emergency approval of its new covid pill. whit johnson is tracking it all. good morning, whit. >> reporter: george, good
morning. federal regulators planning to address the issue of booster shots in just a matter of days but some states and cities across the country are already allowing them for all adults creating some confusion about who's eligible and who is not depending on where they live. this morning, fda officials are considering expanding booster shots to all adults by the end of next week. government sources telling abc news that regulators may issue guidance on pfizer and moderna boosters for anyone 18 and older ahead of a cdc advisory panel meeting on friday. >> when we look back on this, we will see that boosters are likely a very critical part of the immunization regimen. >> reporter: right now boosters for pfizer and moderna are only authorized for people 65 and older or those at high risk. but a growing number of states are already offer ago third dose to all adults getting ahead of cdc guidelines. many fearing another winter surge with daily covid cases in the u.s. up 27% in the last three weeks and at least a dozen states seeing an increase in hospital admissions.
but soon another potential weapon in the fight against covid. pfizer is now formally asking the fda to authorize its new anti-viral pill. early trial results showed it reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 89%. >> vaccine still is our best weapon, but that pill is a second line of defense and that will be important to millions of people. >> reporter: other treatments like monoclonal antibodies require patients to go to a clinic or hospital but the pfizer pill can be prescribed by a doctor and taken at home. "the washington post" reporting the biden administration is already planning to buy enough courses of the drug for 10 million people. another pill from drugmaker merck could be authorized first likely by the end of the year. and new york city is planning to welcome back the crowds for new year's celebrations right here in times square. proof of vaccination will be required for anyone 5 years and
older. for those who can't be vaccinated for a valid medical reason, they'll have to provide a negative test result within 72 hours. t.j.? >> whit, thank you so much. we want to turn to washington and judgment day for that so-called qanon shaman, you remember the capitol rioter in that fur hat and horns, he's due to be sentenced by a federal judge. prosecutors seeking a more than four-year prison term. our chief global affairs anchor martha raddatz is at the federal courthouse. martha, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, t.j. it's impossible to forget those images of jacob chansley parading through the capitol with that spear and fur hat. he was one of the first 30 rioters to penetrate the capitol then making his way into the senate chamber where prosecutors say he scrawled a menacing note for mike pence that read it's only a matter of time. justice is coming. chansley pleaded guilty to one felony count and has been jailed for the last ten months but prosecutors want a sentence of 51 months saying the government cannot overstate the seriousness
of the defendant's conduct citing his rhetoric, they say, about violently removing the traitors in our government. defense attorneys say chansley suffers from significant mental health vulnerabilities and are seeking a lesser sentence. if chansley is sentenced to 51 months it will be the longest of any of the capitol rioters thus far. george? >> martha, thanks. to capitol hill where a republican congressman is facing a vote of censure over a cartoon portraying him killing alexandria ocasio-cortez and wielding a sword against president biden. our congressional correspondent rachel scott has the latest. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: george, good morning. this is one of the most severe punishments a member of congress can face. in just a few hours the house is expected to move forward with plans to formally rebuke republican congressman paul gosar. this comes just days after he shared a video on social media depicting himself killing democratic congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez and attacking president biden.
gosar later took down that video. sources tell us behind closed doors he tried to explain his actions to republicans, but he has not publicly apologized and no action has been taken against him by republican leadership. so democrats say they now have no choice. they say that he must be held accountable. today he will likely be censured and stripped from his two committee assignments, one that he shares with congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez. so far, george, only two republicans say they will support that resolution. george? >> rachel scott, thanks very much. robin? now to parts of the pacific northwest underwater this morning. massive floods, mudslides forcing evacuations in a state of emergency declaration in washington state. will carr is live in burlington, washington, with the latest for us. good morning, will. >> reporter: good morning, robin. so much rain pounded this area that a lot of residents didn't have time to get out. you can see it has left major roadways like this still underwater. so many people across this region were forced to evacuate and at its peak one town had 75%
of its homes underwater. we're talking about millions of dollars of damage. over the past 24 hours we have seen rescues by helicopter, by boat, by heavy machinery, pretty much anything that had to be done to get people to safety in these floodwaters washed one man away, this morning authorities are still looking for him. to the north and canada, mudslides killed one woman when the rocks came barreling down into her car. we're seeing more rescues there as well. the good news this morning these waters are finally starting to recede. the bad news is we're expecting more rain in the forecast tomorrow and into next week. t.j.? >> all right, will, thank you so much. want to turn to mandatory wildfire evacuations in colorado. ginger zee keeping an eye on it. we have word of a pilot crashing trying to battle the flames out there. >> at least one death and mandatory and voluntary evacuations for more than 1,600 people or families, watching this fire blow up so quickly yesterday. it started because the 50 to 70-mile-per-hour winds we were
warning about took down a power line. that spark started the fire so now it's 133 acres. they've got it 15% contained. unfortunately, still very dry. the relative humidity in a lot of places down to 15% or some places lower. wind alerts are up. red flag warnings to texas too. this is not the day to play with fire for sure. robin? now, ginger, the countdown to the thanksgiving travel weekend. airlines gearing up for passenger numbers we have not seen since the pandemic began. trevor ault is live at laguardia airport here in new york with more. good morning, trevor. >> reporter: good morning, robin. yeah, the tsa says we're headed into prepandemic levels of travel this thanksgiving. we're talking about 53.4 million people traveling, that's up 13% from last year and 4.2 million people flying. now, more than half of that total is expected to fly this sunday after thanksgiving. that would make it the busiest travel day of the year and the busiest day at airports since
the pandemic started. the airports are probably going to be busy start to finish. more than 2 million flying tuesday, wednesday, saturday, even the monday after thanksgiving too. and tsa says it is confident it has staffing to handle everybody in a timely fashion but we're less than a week away from the vaccine mandate putting federal workers on unpaid leave and tsa still will not reveal how many of their employees are unvaccinated. a month ago they told us it was at 40%. if that number is not decreased substantially airports across america could be in real trouble. george? >> thanks, trevor. we're joined by tsa administer david pekoske. thanks for joining us this morning. so all signs point to record holiday travel this year. what do you expect? are you prepared for it? >> we are prepared and generally the thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel period of the year for tsa. we expect travel volumes to be close to the 2019 volumes or the prepandemic volumes. >> the vaccine mandate for tsa agents goes into effect monday. how many agents are fully
vaccinated right now and do you think implementation of the mandates will have any effect on staffing? >> i don't think implementation will have any effect on thanksgiving travel. in fact, it will make it safer and healthier for everyone so we've seen quite a significant increase in the number of our officers that are vaccinated and i'm very confident that there will be no impact for thanks. > that's good news. what's not so good news, this rash of attacks on flight crew members including just this past weekend a southwest employee had to go to the hospital. what are you doing to keep tsa agents safe? >> we're working together with all of our partners and work with the faa and with the carriers, with the airports and we investigate each one of these situations and between the faa and tsa, we take action against the most serious violations and we also always assess the civil penalty. for example, for passengers that
refuse to wear a mask, tsa will always pursue a civil penalty in that action and the faa will pursue civil penalty action for the in-flight disturbances you cited. >> it is important to remind everybody you still must wear a mask on airplanes and in airports. >> in fact across the entire transportation system, on a bus, a metro system, airports, on board the aircraft you have to wear a mask. >> one issue we've seen this year is airlines canceling thousands of flights. seems to happen every weekend right now. are your agents prepared for any kind of travel chaos if this happens over the thanksgiving holiday? >> no, we are prepared and what we do is coordinate closely with the carriers, with the airports and amongst ourselves and we know in advance when the cancellations are going to happen and we prepare for that and we bring more people in for the following day when they'll be higher levels of travel. >> mr. pekoske, thanks for your time this morning. >> okay, thank you, george. my pleasure.
>> real travel crush coming up. a lot more coming up on "gma" including britney spears, she broke her silence and tells us what she's grateful for once she has her freedom and what's next for her. the growing concern for the chinese tennis star who hasn't been seen or heard from after posting that she was sexually assaulted by a former top chinese official. but first let's go back to ginger. ginger? >> i've got to tell you people this time of year love taking the roller coaster ride of temperatures. they like talking about it. what we'll do is look at franklin, new york, yes, that chill settled in and dusting of snow, relatively fresh pictures coming out of there and, yes, it's a chilly start today. we'll go with the subfreezing windchills. tomorrow close to 70 in new york. your local weather in 30 seconds. the warm cities sponsred by invesco qqq.
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to date. so this change is going to take effect on christmas day with the lakers playing at the crypto.com arena. well, you still call the sears tower the sears tower in chicago? maybe one of those things. >> could be. we have got a lot more ahead here on "gma". we're taking you inside the shipping crunch at u.p.s.' largest shipping hub in the world and gio will tell us the date you need to remember to avoid those fast shipping fees. also, expedition "gma" on the way home. amy robach is going to show us the world's largest moving object. all that coming up. george? right now britney spears speaking in a new post on instagram celebrating her new found freedom, looking forward to her future. kaylee hartung has more on that. good morning, kaylee. >> reporter: hey, good morning, george. when i asked britney's attorney practically what can she do now that she couldn't do while under the conservatorship? he said for the first time in 13 years that's up to one person, britney. >> what am i going to do now that the conservatorship is over with? very good question. >> reporter: overnight britney spears breaking her silence
for the first time since being freed from the conservatorship she called abusive. >> i've been in a conservatorship for 13 years. that's a long time to be in a situation you don't want to be in. i'm grateful for each day and being able to have the keys to my car, being able to be independent and feel like a woman and owning an atm card, seeing cash for the first time, being able to buy candles. it's the little things for us women, but it makes a huge difference. ♪ but now i'm stronger than yesterday ♪ >> reporter: after the judge ruled the conservatorship was no longer required on november 12th, the pop superstar with over 140 million in revenue from her vegas residency. >> what's up, las vegas? you guys rock. >> reporter: is regaining control of what's now an estimated $60 million fortune. now britney's attorney mathew rosengart saying subpoenas have been issued to britney's father jamie and former management firm tri-star. among the concerns investigated
how britney's money was spent while she was under the conservatorship. jamie spears long defended his action arguing his goal was to protect his daughter and her business and eventually agreed it was time to end the legal guardianship but now according to rosengart he's refusing to cooperate with the investigation and britney is not done fighting what she calls the corrupt system. >> i'm not here to be a victim. i live with my victims my whole life as a child. i'm here to be an advocate for people with real disabilities and illnesses. i'm a very strong woman. so i can only imagine what the system has done to those people. >> reporter: with a smile on her face, britney thanking her army of dedicated fans who rallied to support her through the free britney movement. >> you guys rock. honestly, my voice was muted and threatened for so long and i wasn't able to speak up or say anything and because of you i honestly think you saved my life in a way 100%, god bless you all.
going to have a good year, a good christmas and rock on. >> reporter: spears specifically mentioning her family only in the caption of the post writing, it still blows my mind every day i wake up how my family and the conservatorship were able to do what they did to me. that caption went on to reaffirm just how fractured things are in the spears family. britney saying they should all be in jail for how they treated her. she's used to keeping the peace but not this time. guys? >> okay, kaylee, thanks very much. t.j.? we turn to this growing concern about a tennis star who has not been seen or heard from after accusing a former chinese leader of sexual assault. top players are now speaking out. our will reeve here with this story. this is just bizarre and scary. a lot of concern. >> bizarre, scary and alarming, t.j., for sure. peng shuai posted on social media the details of a forced affair with and sexual assault
by the former vice premier of china and now she's missing. the loudest voices in the tennis world are calling for answers. this morning top tennis stars looking for answers to the whereabouts of peng shuai. >> oh, what a point. >> reporter: who recently alleged she was sexually assaulted three years ago. >> honestly it's shocking. someone that i've seen on the tour and in the previous years quite a few times. >> reporter: the former number one ranked doubles player has not been heard from or seen since posting this message on chinese social media app weibo on november 2nd. saying she was forced into a sexual relationship with former vice premier zhang gaoli. he returned in 2018 and has not responded to the allegations. the head of the women's tennis association telling abc news it has confirmed she is safe and not under physical threat but hasn't been able to talk to her directly. on grand stages she has slugged
it out with some of the biggest hitters and top players like serena and venus williams. >> i can't think of anything like this ever happening before. everything about this story just screams out trouble. it screams out something is wrong. >> reporter: naomi osaka joining the chorus of worried athletes now putting pressure on the chinese government. tweeting, censorship is never okay at any cost. i hope peng shuai and her family are safe and okay. i'm in shock of the current situation and i'm sending love and light her way. chris everett weighing in saying, yes, these accusations are very disturbing. i've known peng since she was 14. we should all be concerned. this is serious. where is she? is she safe? any information would be appreciated. her post on november 2nd was removed from weibo within an hour and searches for details about her allegations come up empty on state-controlled
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welcome back to "gma." with the economy picking up as we hea with the economy picking up as we head into the holiday season, the commerce department just reported that retail sales jumped 1.7% in october with online sales up 4%. gio is live in louisville at the largest u.p.s. shipping hub in the world. good morning there, gio. >> reporter: hey, robin. good morning to you and welcome to u.p.s. world port. if you're shipping something this holiday season chances are it's probably going to come through here. let's take you inside a 747 right now. this is actually the largest plane on their fleet. 30,000 packages can fit right in here and u.p.s. says volume is going up and that means that already they are seeing holiday shipments coming in and going out.
this morning, things are looking up for retailers, restaurants and online stores, sales rising nearly 2% in just a month. even in the midst of that supply chain ordeal. the commerce department saying there's a strong demand for electronics, appliances and cars. and retail giant walmart reporting strong earnings up more than 11% because the company says it prepared for supply chain constraints. and now just weeks before the holidays "gma" getting a firsthand look at u.p.s.' massive shipping operation. world port. the company's largest shipping hub in the world. here in louisville, kentucky, brandon fortson runs it. >> we're follow 250,000 an hourly currently. >> this is the hourly number. >> yes. >> basically 250,000 packages flying every hour.
>> yes. >> that's a lot of packages. >> it is. >> reporter: right now they're flying in 2 million packages a day but next week after thanksgiving, the numbers will start doubling as people start shipping their holiday gifts to 4 million. >> so you haven't experienced a lot of these delays we're seeing around the world? >> it's not affected us at world port or u.p.s. >> why is that? >> just because the things we've done and put in place, and extra capacity we added our network is running on time and we are good to go. >> reporter: u.p.s. relies on airplanes not the cargo ships we've seen waiting at sea and more workers are coming in too. you can see all these workers at what they call the unload. u.p.s. is hiring more than 100,000 workers for this holiday season. luke hager was one of those seasonal workers, now still working here three years later and prepping for this unprecedented holiday rush. >> honestly, it gets a lot busier and get a lot more volume coming in but we also bring in a lot more people. i was one of them. >> reporter: you could call this holiday season the battle of the big shippers.
fedex telling us it's also hiring about 90,000 seasonal workers. the u.s. postal service about 40,000 and amazon air is expanding its fleet of cargo planes to 85 by christmas. and, look, they are feeling very confident here at u.p.s. but no doubt about it. they're still saying to people go ahead and ship your packages early because, listen, if you wait all the way until december 21st you're going to have to pay those fast shipping fees and don't say i didn't warn you. so remember that date, tuesday, december 21st, guys. >> we have been warned because of you. as always, gio, thank you. well, coming up here later on "gma," our one stop shop. the scams to watch out for and how you can skip the ship if you want to get your gifts faster. coming up our "play of the day." it's a homefield advantage that only canada could pull off. ur " day." it's a homefield advantage that only canada could pull off.
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you see that? now, i call this a home field advantage. this was canada versus mexico. >> yes. >> the poor fellas from mexico had to go up and play in this. they won, 2-1, canada did but it's a big step. qualifying for the world cup. they haven't beat mexico in 21 years. >> they did it in the snow. >> yep. coming up, get ready to dance as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of peace, love and soul. yes, "soul train" and the "soul train" line. ooh. sookie, sookie, now. ♪ surely can be done ♪ ♪ young and old are doing it i'm told ♪ “you have cancer.” how their world stopped and when they found a way to face it. for some, this is where their keytruda story begins. keytruda - a breakthrough immunotherapy
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we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of "soul train." >> it's cold in times square this morning. they want to keep moving. keep dancing. we have dj reach on military island. dancers channeling -- there he is -- their '70s energy. we'll go out there and talk to ashanti about the upcoming "soul train" awards. >> we'll have a lot of fun this morning. we also have two big health headlines on the benefits of coffee and tea, also the news of an alzheimer's vaccine. kyle rittenhouse, the trial, jurors about to start a second day of deliberations debating whether the 18-year-old is guilty of homicide in those police protest shootings that left two men dead last summer. back to terry moran in kenosha for us. good morning, again, terry. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the jurors in this case who are not sequestered will resume deliberations around 9:00 a.m. this morning after deliberating about 8 1/2 hours yesterday and these jurors, seven men, seven men, five men including one person of color chosen in that highly unusual way by kyle
rittenhouse himself drawing random numbers from a tumbler there. that is the judge's regular practice he says. they only had one question of the judge yesterday. they wanted each juror to have a copy of the law in this case, the jury instructions focusing at first on the law of self-defense at the heart of the case. kenosha bracing for a verdict. there are small protests that we have seen. we're talking to business owners. they're not boarding up their businesses. they're expecting law enforcement can handle whatever comes in this case. you don't have curfews here, no street closures, no massive presence of law enforcement officials on the ground. people here are waiting, expecting the best, hoping for the best, hoping for that verdict. guys? >> terry, thanks. we turn to a major step in alzheimer's research. the first human trials set to begin at brigham and women's hospital in boston for a nasal vaccine designed to prevent and slow the progression of the disease. if proven safe in this study researchers will test if the
vaccine is effective in much larger trials. t.j.? tea and coffee drinkers, listen up. a new study suggests a link between them and reducing the risk of stroke and dementia. data from 300,000 older people in the uk and found those who drank daily coffee or tea had a 32% reduced risk of a stroke, 28% reduced risk of dementia compared to those who did not drink the beverages. researchers want to point out there is only a possible link here, not that coffee or tea offer protection from stroke or dementia. how much are we talking about? two or three cups. >> i remember you and george talking about this on "gma3." >> george was with me yesterday. who is with me today? robin's up. more time together, robin. coming up here, we have our one-stop shop to rock the block for the holidays starting with
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and done her thing. thank you, lara. >> looking good, robin. tomorrow we have "deals & steals" takeover. tory johnson is bringing the bargains to "gma," "the view" and "gma3." a megadeals event and all the gifts are $20 and under. >> that's something. time for "pop news". >> i got something too. here we go. elvis is back in the building. oscar nominated director baz luhrmann is working on a new biopic. this morning we have your first look. here's a quick peek of austin butler as the ♪ let's not let a good thing die ♪ >> the letters tcb stand for taking care of business. that's what elvis called his band when he went back to touring in 1969. the teaser there, just a little
taste while the finishing touches are being put on the film which also stars tom hanks as elvis' manager, it covers his life from dirt poor singer to global icon seen through the prism of his complex relationship with his manager. i'm looking forward to it. amazing we haven't had this film done on elvis and baz luhrmann so talented. also this morning, what if 007 changed his drink order to on the rocks or on the rock singular. that could be the case if dwayne johnson has any say in the matter. now that daniel craig is retired from his 15-year run as james bond the rock throwing his hat in the ring, officially. >> yes, my grandfather was a bond villain in "you only live twice" with sean connery. it was very cool and i would like to follow in his footsteps and be the next bond. i don't want to be a villain. you got to be bond. >> there you have it.
boom. it's been almost 55 years since the rock's grandfather peter played a villain in "you only live twice." he tells "esquire" when he was at college his first thought was that he wanted to work for the cia as a real spy but he pivoted when he realized that might actually require law school and more studying. not so much. playing a super spy would be way more fun. you can check out the full article in "esquire." finally, thanksgiving dessert anyone? wait for it, people. oh, yes. oh, yes. feel how heavy this is. oh, i thought you dropped it, george. it's called reese's thanksgiving pie. george, would you do the honor and open that and show everybody. in reality what this is is not a pie at all. it's the largest reese's -- >> i can't do the honors. >> let me help you, sir. you're so aggressive.
very aggressive about it. where's the camera? >> that's a pie? >> where do you want me? there you go. look at that. that is 3 1/2 pounds of gorgeous chocolaty goodness. they made 3,000 of these and they sold out in one hour and 57 minutes. they sent us one so someone must have been squirrelling it away for themselves. we got our hands on it so we could show you and this thing is chocolaty peanut butter gold. people are selling them on ebay for $400. yeah. >> it's gold. >> that's gold. >> thanks, george. you ruined the box. now it's only worth 250. if they're making a christmas or hanukkah version we'll let you know. that's "pop news." okay, let's go over to ginger now. >> i saw that thing on our instagram and thought if i'm going down that's the way i want
to go. every last bite. that's the one. how about we start with a look at what's happening in colorado. this blew up quickly yesterday. this is a 133-acre fire. estes park, colorado, a lot of folks live around here. that's what this is such a big deal. it was started because of those winds, i was warning you about them yesterday. 50 to 70-mile-per-hour in some of the canyons took down a power line and sparks started the fire. that's all with the jet stream that will sink south. here's what it means to most of us. it is chilly as it settles into the northern plains and great lakes, but we get a little warm-up, and i mean little, 20 degrees for some people from what's happening early this week. 75 for raleigh tomorrow. nearly 70 in philadelphia and new york city. even boston, but then we rip the temperatures right out and by friday morning it's just so chilly.
in our "gma" cover story today we kick off one-stop shop. all you need to know to save, ship and not get scammed over the holidays. we begin with the better business bureau's 12 scams of christmas. rebecca jarvis here with three swindles to be ready for. let's start with the scam gift cards. >> so free gift cards. you might see an email suggesting that you're going to get a free gift card because you were a good customer during the pandemic. guess what, a lot of times these are phishing emails and can be sent around legitimate retailers, a company you know suggesting you could get a free gift card but the person behind the email is a scam artist and it's a phishing email. once you put the information out there, they suddenly have your information out there, your
credit card, your personal information. so you want to verify websites before you click on emails. also, if you are looking at physical gift cards this holiday season look at them. look them over carefully. make sure they haven't been tampered with and register them so you can change the p.i.n., so that information is yours. anyone who looked at the card before you won't be able to access it. >> that's good advice right there. there's a scam connected to seasonal work? >> yes, unfortunately, george, at this time of year a lot of retailers are hiring. we know it's a difficult market out there for people who are looking for work. well, the trouble is, there are companies and individuals who are taking advantage of this by scamming people who are on the hunt for that work. so things like asking people to pay for work, pay to get a job, do not pay to get a job. also, don't work for free. if a company is saying do this little project for us and then we'll ultimately pay you down the road, that can be a red flag as well and beware of big money for a small job. if a company is saying we're going to offer you an insane amount of money for a small amount of work that can be a red
flag. >> this burns me up. fake charities. >> it's disgusting and the fact that there are people taking advantage of our good nature is really sick but it happens a lot. there are companies and individuals that pretend to be charities, they sometimes even look like real charities but they're not. there's charity name confusion, they look very similar. you have to resist that pressure for the immediate donation. if you're being asked, pressured into making an immediate donation say i need to take a step back. i'll do my research and really check it out. go to the website of the charity that you are looking for, make sure it's a dot org. that is a good sign that it's a real charity. before you give that money out, make sure it's going to the people in need. >> rebecca, thank you so much. i know you'll stay on the beat. more on what to watch for coming up this week and robin has more holiday and shipping insight.
>> i certainly do. as we hear more and more about trucking bottleneck, so many are concerned about getting must have gifts in time. becky worley is joining us from an amazon locker in berkeley, california, with some smart ideas. we'll skip the ship. hey, becky. >> reporter: good morning, robin. that's right. skip the ship. online shopping is expected to rise by 11% this year and the transportation headaches you just mentioned have us all worrying. so it's good to know your options for getting packages in hand faster. ♪ you click the buy button then a complicated series of events happen. you can't control the speed of the order software, how facet gets picked up in the warehouse but you can choose how it travels the last mile to you. >> shipping delays are the worst we've ever seen. you can avoid some delays if you're willing to do some of the work yourself. >> reporter: first there's buy online pick up in store. with modern inventory databases big retailers know if they have a product in stock at a store near you. they can pluck it off the shelves and have it ready in hours or if they do have to bring it in from a regional warehouse it'll take just a day
or two. >> if you're willing to do the work and pick up the items yourself, you can save days, sometimes even weeks off your shipping and so that means you can actually get your packages on time. >> reporter: many retailers continuing curbside pickup. >> 0784. >> reporter: walmart, target, kohl's and best buy to name a few. >> thank you, yes, one big present in the bag. now i just have to hide it but no more worrying. >> reporter: another option if you don't want to schlepp anywhere, instacart is not just for groceries. click on the site and enter your zip code. the options in my area include tech chains, big box warehouse store, makeup, sporting goods, even the container store. >> thank you. that's another present managed. yes! >> reporter: it's not just instacart. shipt delivers from costco and target and also in many locations walmart offers same day delivery on anything from their store and, remember -- >> shopping early is a good idea because we're seeing so many delays.
>> reporter: now i'm at this amazon locker facility on the campus of uc berkeley because this is another way to get your packages fast. you choose a locker instead of delivery to your home when you check out. when your item is ready they'll send you a bar code. you come to the locker facility you've chosen, scan it and then, boop, one of these lockers opens up and your package is right here bird in hand, guys, makes me not worry. >> you are on the clock and getting the job done with your shopping. way to go, becky. thanks so much. >> reporter: yes, ma'am. we turn to abc's expedition antarctica part of the saving tomorrow series and amy robach and our team are now on their way home after this epic journey. robes, are you trying to extend your stay? >> reporter: i would if i could, t.j. it's been incredible as we've been able to show you. this is the last stretch of land we are going to see until friday.
yes, we are heading back into the drake passage in just a few hours and antarctica as we know is a land of extremes and superlatives. it is the driest, coldest southernmost iciest and windiest place on the planet and, yes, we've experienced a lot of that extreme weather but more importantly we have experienced the extreme wonders this continent has to offer the world. across antarctica towering tabular icebergs broken off from ice sheets float on the southern ocean. the planet's largest moving objects. but below the surface, other gentle giants move gracefully through the water and right off our bow, they surface. blue whales, the largest animals to ever inhabit the earth, even bigger than the dinosaurs. averaging 90 feet long, they can weigh in at 270,000 pounds. these two, a mother and calf navigate the frigid waters. the massive mammals have been on
the endangered species list for more than 50 years and were once a prime target for hunters and explorers looking for new whaling grounds. the history of that exploration is buried in ice. on paulette island, the remnants of an early 20th century swedish expedition, the foundation of a crude shelter, a ship once carried explorers who became trapped here for 16 months. >> they managed to survive here 16 months before they were finally picked up. >> this hut is considered prime real estate for the adelie penguins keeping them above the snow and melt water. now we follow in their footsteps, encountering the largest gathering of penguins we've seen yet, 108,000 pairs of adelies. this region is home to several other bird species including the southern giant petrol and the
artic turn, one of the longest migrations from the antarctic to antarctica. home to the fur sale considered extinct for 15 to 20 years after hunters decimated the population. rediscovered in the beginning of the last century, their population has gone from just a few thousand to more than 3.5 million. earlier in our journey we captured footage of just one leopard seal, ferocious penguin hunting creature, its only natural predator is the killer whale. nearby crab eater seals. >> they have a canine looking snout to them. i've referred to them as the golden retriever of the seals down here. >> reporter: this whole region teeming with life has a long history of exploration but now its future is at risk. throughout our time here, it's clear if don't protect these animals' homes, it's likely we won't be able to protect ours. and they let me inside the bridge now to get out of the
tropical storm force winds. i want to show you incredible footage we were able to capture earlier today. our intrepid crew was able to see something we haven't seen before on this trip. chin strap penguins are the tiniest and feistiest of the penguin species and then we got to see the elephant seal, the largest of the seals. females can dive down as far as a mile. they can stay under for two hours fishing for squid. that's what they like to eat but chalk up, ding, ding, two more incredible animals we got to see firsthand on this journey. >> and this journey is about to end. i think you said you won't see land again until friday. what is that trip back going to be like? how treacherous is it going to be? what's the forecast? >> reporter: all right, so here behind me i'm going to try to explain this to you in layman's terms because that's all i got. see this magenta blob. we don't want to be in that. that's 40-foot waves and hurricane-force end winds. but we will be when this orangey
section here which could mean st i've been told. on the way here we were doing this and on the way back we're going to be doing this and this is worse. so i'm going to be putting my patch on as soon as i'm done with this broadcast so i can prepare. they've literally battened down the hatches. >> hey, amy, thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you so much and the entire crew for bringing us along and seeing some wonderful sights that we would not ordinarily have a chance to see. safe journey home, our friend. >> all right. well, stay with us here on "gma." coming up we are celebrating "soul train" with a challenge. ♪ no matter who you are shine it bright to see ♪
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>> another update in about 30 minutes. you can always find the latest at abc7news.com. ♪ you can't boogie no more ♪ ♪ boogie, boogie no more ♪ i see you. ♪ listen to the music ♪ >> uh-oh. we want to move and groove. it's hard to stay in our seats. welcome back. it's way back wednesday in times square for our '70s dance party. dj reach, you saw our dancers, all here to help us celebrate the 50th, the golden anniversary of the iconic "soul train" tv show. >> we have been playing homage all morning to the house that
don cornelius built with this year's ""soul train"" awards. right now lady of soul honoree, ashanti is here with more. how are you feeling this morning? >> amazing. how are you guys? >> wonderful. >> a little cold. we kind of want to get up and dance. >> we need to keep moving. >> keep moving but it's fun and the energy, we want to dance but you know what, there is an important history here to "soul train." why is it still important to keep that legacy and that history alive? >> ""soul traisoul train" is suo the culture, to dance and have soul and have fun and be super creative. >> you had it early on in your career. you had a don cornelius "soul train" moment, right? >> i did. i did. i actually had it with my mom which was hilarious. so, okay, so we're backstage and
rehearsing and doing all of our things. my mom is recording like she always has. she's the momager, she has her camera out, they call her the mamarazzi. they're like to my mom you can't record in here. my mom was like that's my daughter and i'm recording. they said we have to get permission from don. my mom is like, go get don. don is like, i'm sorry, ma'am. we can't record, that's the rules, she's like, but that's my daughter and he's like, all right. so we got the okay from don to record. >> you say mamarazzi and i looked over and sure enough -- >> she's shooting and her camera is out. >> you know what, this year what are you looking forward to, the awards show, what should we expect from the show this year? >> well, first of all, it's such an iconic moment. it's the 50th anniversary back in new york city in harlem which is going to be amazing at the apollo. there's just so much soul and
history and iconic moments. you know, so i'm just blessed to be a part of it. so many incredible artists that will be there. it's going to be definitely a moment for the culture. >> you have so many blessings right now. >> thank you so much. >> wrapping up your tour. getting a star on the walk of fame. >> yes. >> and you're going to receive an honor at the soul train awards. what does this moment mean to you? >> you said it best, i just feel so, so blessed and so grateful. you know, coming out of such a dark year with all of us going through the pandemic and we lost people. i had covid so to be here and be healthy and be with you guys and be celebrating these iconic moments in my life and my career with so much love and so much support is truly, truly a blessing and i'm just super humble. >> i got a note and i actually wanted to ask the producer, is this correct? 20th anniversary of your first -- 20th anniversary, 20 years since -- >> isn't that crazy it's been 20
years? >> you're rerecording that album. tell us about that. >> so excited about that i'm going to rerecord my first debut album "ashanti" and the fact that god's timing has a way, it just -- it's so profound in my life right now to be hitting the mark of 20 years. i'm getting the star which is a blessing and the timing like i said so i'm going into the studio and rerecording the first album and just for women in general and just people in general understanding the importance of ownership and going into rerecording, being able to own your work so when that album comes out i will own that work and people will be able to stream that so i'm very excited. >> i'm proud of you. >> thank you. >> proud of you for doing that. i know we're all proud for the 50th anniversary of the "soul train" show. >> yes. >> so, you know, the "soul train" line. you remember that, right? so dj reach can you show us a classic move, dance move? >> me? uh-oh. >> to start the "soul train" line. do it.
♪ burn, baby, burn ♪ >> i start the line off? oh, okay. ♪ burn, baby, burn ♪ ♪ people getting loose ♪ >> come on. ♪ two balls of fire ♪ ♪ 100 stories high ♪ ♪ people getting loose y'all ♪ ♪ we can't contain it ♪ ♪ it's out of control ♪ ♪ so entertaining when the boogie starts to go ♪ ♪ i heard somebody say burn, baby, burn ♪ >> oh! ♪ disco inferno ♪
♪ the passion starting a chain reaction ♪ ♪ you had to strut your stuff ♪ >> oh, pop it! ♪ rising to the top ♪ ♪ everybody going strong ♪ >> the 2021 "soul train" awards november 20th on b.e.t. we do want to say hello to tisha campbell hosting for the fourth year. wasn't able to be here with us. little under the weather. so get better, tisha. stay with us here on "gma." star and director of "house of gucci" coming up. ♪ there's music in the air ♪ [ sfx: bzzz bzzz bzzz ] [ sfx: ping ping beep beep bloop bloop ] [ sfx: honk ] [ sfx: pop pop pop pop ]
back now with "house of gucci." it is already one of the moist talked about movies of the year and the cast is packed with academy award winners and nominees. chris connelly sat down with them and director ridley scott. >> reporter: ridley scott's "house of gucci" has a world famous fashion brand and family business intrigue with opera size emotions and all based on actual events. >> we used a lot of opera during the film because i felt the film was actually an opera. >> i partook in a romance with
patrizia that i could not get out of. >> i don't consider myself a particularly ethical person but i am fair. i subscribe to unconventional punishment. >> reporter: lady gaga's patrizia reggiani weds and connives with adam driver's maurizio gucci only to face rejection and seek revenge. >> don't miss. >> she found maurizio gucci not looking to marry rich but she found him and she fell in love with him. it was, you know, 50% love and then 50% what it could be. >> you're drawn into a world you didn't expect to be in from love. >> yeah, that's what is attractive about him. he follows his heart to eventually he kind of becomes his own person, at least in his mind and that's kind of his downfall. >> this is serious and you're
laughing it off. >> at least it's my name on the mugs, not yours. >> our name, sweetie. on junk! >> reporter: why is she so compelling on screen? >> because she's a great actress and that's all there is to it. >> thanks, al. >> that's al pacino calling you a great actress. >> that's probably one of the greatest things that's ever happened to me, ridley scott and al pacino right next to each other. thank you. >> i think you're a great actor. i tell you all the time. >> and salma. and salma too. >> we have history flowing through these green and red webbings and yes, the experience but quality is remembered long after price is forgotten. >> reporter: with salma hayek as an influential sipsychic and jared leto as the spurne son. more often than not this house is certainly rocking. >> it's obviously about a very
serious and dysfunctional family but at the same time, the characters have a lot of life and a lot of joy and a lot of laughter. >> i remember we did a scene together and at one point you started singing "old man river" at the end. >> i don't remember singing "old man river." >> i didn't know you could bust it out every now and then. >> what can i tell you? >> i'm just saying if you do another, you know -- >> we're making an album tgether. >> i can't wait. >> that is next. >> reporter: for "good morning america," chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> thanks, chris for that. cannot wait for that movie. "house of gucci" in theaters next wednesday, november 24th. ginger? >> george, snowball, arizona was planning to open for skiing this friday but that is not going to be happening. we've got drought issues up to steamboat springs and they've had a very warm fall so steamboat usually has hundreds of hours of snowmaking time. they've had less than eight so not getting it there either. delayed for the first time since the 2016 season.
now to our november book club pick, "still now to our november "gma" book club pick. "still life" by sarah winman, a story of a family during the war in war-torn italy. sounds like you really loved this one, lama. >> reporter: gm ood morning to you, lara. i really did. my goodness, what a book. not only is it beautiful on the outside, it is beautiful on the inside too. it made me laugh out loud. it made me shed a few tears but sarah's vivid descriptions made you felt like you were physically there with the characters sipping on delicious wine and getting into a big bowl of pasta. i sat downh t astillife."
from the dreary street magicaou awaonade for youren four decades of love, art and newfound family. it begins in 1944 in war-torn italy when aging art historian and possible spy evelyn skinner has a chance encounter with a young british soldier named ulysses temper. >> it's this meeting that changes the trajectory of their lives and also the lives of the people around them to come. >> it was sort of an unlikely friendship, wasn't it? but when they first met at the beginning of the book both made an indelible mark on each other. >> yes, definitely and as much as this is a celebration of life one can't get away from the fact that the starting point is war and the horror of war. nobody gets through war untouch untouched. so she meets this great young man. >> she is sort of imparting her wisdom, right? >> yes, exactly.
>> reporten ys tume to loon friends including a talking parrot named claud become his facos his wath move tota wre adventure ensues. d very, vese friends, these are the people who supported you. these are the people who loved you. these are the people you came back to and i think it is another template of doing life, you know, in community and in unity. >> reporter: throughout the decades ulysses and evelyn often think of each other and eventually are brought back together by the devastating floods that paralyzed them in 1966, an historical event that inspired her to write the novel. >> i was there in january 2015. that's where i learned about the floods. i was in a restaurant. i saw photographs on the wall of the city underwater and i had no idea that this had happened. i talked to the owner. he brought out some books and then he started talking to me about the predominantly young
men and women, volunteers who rushed to the city from all over the world afterward to clean paintings and monuments and the city itself. they were referred to as mud angels and i thought it was such a romantic story. >> it reads like a movie. i can visualize it. is that something that you wanted to do and would you want it to become a movie? >> oh, yeah, i mean, i would love it to. >> who would you cast? >> it's a lovely question and i can't answer it. the only one i think was vanessa redgrave as evelyn. she has the stature and the glint and i think she would work well. >> if there's one thing you want the reader and the viewer to take away from this book, what would it be? >> if life has got a bit heavy, i hope you have a good few hours away from that. if life has been a bit hard more than your circumstance, i hope you feel a little less lonely. i hope you laugh. >> reporter: and another interesting point she makes, the importance of art and how everyone should study it and be able to appreciate it because it
transcends cultural differences. now, for all you fans out there she didn't say no to the idea of a sequel but said there's still a bit more to her favorite character evelyn. "still life" out now. don't forget you can continue reading along with us on instagram @gmabookclub. lara? >> lama, it sounds so good. i am in. thank you. coming up, one of the stars of "king richard," jon ♪ i see trees of green ♪ ♪ red roses too ♪ ♪ i see them bloom for me and you ♪ (music) ♪ so i think to myself ♪
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ask your doctor about xarelto®. to learn more about cost, visit xarelto.com or call 1-888-xarelto back now with jon bernthal. you know him from "the walking dead" and "the wolf of wall street." now he is one of the stars of "king richard" starring will smith as the father of serena and venus williams. jon, we wish you a good morning. thanks for joining us. >> good morning to you, i really appreciate you having me. >> oh, so thrilled to talk to you. robin roberts and i were just talking about this movie.
she thought you were amazing playing rick macci and i've done a lot of reading on it. it sounds like you were very attracted to this role. it was personal for you. >> absolutely. look, you know i think this movie really explores the full spectrum of what youth sports can be from toxic to sort of sublimely beautiful. there's nothing more in the world more important to me than my kids and raising my kids and i feel like this is just this sort of a beautiful meditation on family and the power of family and the power so i'm grateful i got to be part of it. >> you nailed it. rick for anybody who doesn't know yet was the girls' coach. i know that you didn't have a ton of tennis experience. i want to talk to you about that but first i want everybody to take a look at your character when venus confronts rick. here it is. >> i want to play. >> sweetheart, you're preaching to the choir, okay.
>> do you think i'm ready? >> i know you're ready. >> okay. will you talk to my dad? >> sweetheart, look -- >> come on, rick. >> you're trying to feed me to the wolves. i've been down this road -- >> just talk to him, please. please. >> all right, all right, all right. >> is that a yes? >> it's that face. it's your face. it's like i can't. you give me the face. >> so is that a yes? >> yes, yes, yes. all right, all right, all right. oh, boy, here we go. >> so that's venus trying to convince rick to tell her dad she wants to play in a pro tournament, correct? >> that's exactly right. yep. >> and what is your experience with tennis before the film and i know now you like me and like robin have become a bit of a tennis junkie, i understand. >> yeah, you know, i didn't play at all beforehand but, you know, look, i played sports in high the director ray green also played. it was really important to get
the tennis right and so i was really grateful i got to train at a place called the wheel tennis academy in ojai where i live. unbelievable coaches. i trained in playing tennis but they let me coach. i got to coach this top 50 junior nationalist. i got to train her, run drills, get into the vocabulary of coaches, learn how to feed. and i'm really grateful for that and i think we got the tennis right. i think that's going to be important to the tennis community. >> how helpful was it to not only talk to serena but to be able to talk to the man that you play? >> look, a lot of fun. everybody who talked about rick macci including serena, the first thing they said is, you know, it was among the funnest times in their life. just playing for rick was fun. so, look, again, as an athlete i have so much love and gratitude for those coaches that i had that had this pure unadulterated love for the game. so i just wanted to keep these amazing young women who played
these roles, i wanted to keep them laughing, keep it fun and, you know, with the bowl cut and mustache and short-shorts, it was fun to keep it fun. >> youomrick mai. you do a gwill smith is justncdn the film as well, as well as the two young girls playing venus and serena. we thank you so much for joining us. everybody should see "king richard." it is a great movie and as you said at the core it's about family and so we thank you so much. "king richard," everybody, opens in theaters on friday and will be available to stream on hbo max. max. we'll be right back on "gma." ♪ ♪ ♪ max. we'll be right back on "gma." ♪ ♪ ♪ deposit, plan and pay with easy tools from chase.
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rwinding solutions. kumasi: good morning. jobina: we are starting with the richmond san rafael bridge because if you're headed in this direction traveling westbound you will experience major delays. chp is reporting a crash at the mid span or injuries are involved so there is no estimated time to win lanes will clear up for everybody and wrapping up with a live look at walnut creek, slow southbound traffic on 680. mike: notice the lack of fog. there is that patch up toward santa rosa but even that is starting to melt away. tomorrow night into friday we have one on the storm impact scale. less than 2/10 of an inch of rain that it could happen at any
time during the day. kumasi: now it's time for kaylee and ryan. -- live with kelly and ryan. have a good morning. >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" today, from the new holiday film, "castle for christmas," brooke shields. plus, film, television, and broadway star, kathleen turner. also, tech presents under $50 as we continue our "holiday gift guide" week. all next on "live!" ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause] and now, here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest! ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause] >> ryan: hey, how are you, deja? [cheers and applause] >> kelly: any sort of change, and i'm like what