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reggie: what is a better shape? a rhombus? drew: ♪ good morning, america, for our viewers in the west. as we start a new week and a new year with you, the race home from the holidays. travel chaos coast to coast. more than 5,000 flights canceled over the holiday weekend with 2.5 million people expected to fly starting this morning. this as airlines struggle with covid-related staff shortages. winter storm warning. georgia to new jersey bracing for snow and the bitter cold blast. windchills in the 20s even for florida. the conditions around the country as americans head back to work after the holiday. new year, new surge. the u.s. reporting more than 400,000 new covid cases a day. this morning, the growing concerns as kids head back to school for 2022. now when will the fda authorize boosters for young teens?ince a
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setback in the sexual assault civil lawsuit against him. now what ghislaine maxwell's conviction means for his case. antonio brown's bizarre exit. the nfl star ripping off his jersey, leaving in the middle o. is he still on the team? this morning what his teammate tom brady is saying. plus, what happened in washington when the fans in the stands reached for a high five and the railing collapsed. dramatic mountain rescues. 21 people stranded high above for more than 12 hours on two tram cars in freezing conditions in new mexico. we hear from one of the survivors this morning. and the heart-stopping moments in colorado. a sudden avalanche buries a dog. a go pro captures video of skiers racing to save him.
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top dog underdog. this morning, meet the giant schnauzer making best in show at the kennel club national championship. 4-year-old bayou joins us live. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ and celebrating the live of a legendary golden girl. record breaking television icon betty white gracing our living rooms with her beloved wit and warmth for decades. >> mary, dear, in the language of the kitchen, that's a crock. >> stealing scenes. >> get out of here. >> and interviews. >> name your hidden talent that would surprise us. you can keep it clean. it's a morning show. >> okay. well, i'll try to think up something else then. ♪ and if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew ♪ we certainly do say good morning, america. welcome to a new year. great to be back with george and t.j. i just love hearing that tune
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again and again, and we heard the news on friday about her passing, but we'll celebrate betty white. >> always such a delight. >> wasn't she? such a delight. people would love to get back home. >> that's where we begin today, robin. look at o'hare international airport right now. you see the bustling right there. a lot of people traveling as they head home right now. >> passengers and the flight crews have been slammed by omicron. records being broken nationwide, and the winter weather causing havoc at the airports and on roads. parts of georgia, right here, that storm heading up the east coast. we'll check in with ginger in a few moments. right now let's check in with gio benitez at lga with more on the rush this morning. good morning, gio. >> reporter: hey, robin. good morning. yes, this airport has some of the most cancellations and delays in the country right now.
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it's one of the busiest travel days of the season, and no doubt about it, it's going to be packed with headaches. this morning, with 2.5 million people expected to fly home today, the travel nightmare is far from over. >> i just want to get home. >> rebooking is over here. >> reporter: more than 5,000 cancellations this weekend from coast to coast. that's the most since the mass cancellations began christmas eve. >> as long as i'm not spending the night here, i'm good. >> reporter: a double whammy across the shortages and winter weather chaos. >> it was shaky leaving greenville coming out here. >> i'm just exhausted. >> reporter: they were flying from the cayman islands, but got stuck in tampa. >> we were in the tampa airport between four and a half and five hours. >> reporter: overnight, reaching their destination. >> it delayed our trip for 24 hours, but we barely got onto our flight. >> reporter: when you look at delays, more than 14,000 between saturday and sunday leaving passengers stranded. this man telling our elwyn lopez that he spent more than seven hours trying to catch a flight.
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>> everything is delayed. i showed you all of my cancellations i have been dealing with all morning long. >> reporter: and calling the airlines may be just as frustrating. >> oh, forget about it. >> reporter: more than 1,700 flights have already been canceled in america today and about 600 delays. some airlines are reaching out to passengers to offer compensation for all of this hassle, but no doubt about it, you may have to reach out to them yourself to demand that, robin. >> when you heard the man say, forget about it. it's so difficult to do that. with so many cancellations, what can people do, gio? >> reporter: so look, you really have to act fast, robin, and you saw right there how hard sit to reach some airlines on the phone. so make sure you have that airline app on your phone ready to go or use the website too make any of those last-minute changes. you may also want to consider buying a second fully refundable ticket. that way if there's any issue with your original flight, you can get on that other one.
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if you don't need it, cancel it and get a full refund, robin. >> fully refundable flight, that second one. okay. thanks so much, gio. george? a lot of people are heading home in a blast of winter. that's a live picture from washington, d.c. right now. ginger joins us now with all the winter watches and warnings. good morning, ginger. >> reporter: good morning, george. you know the bottom has fallen out temperature-wise for millions of people this morning. it's also come along with snow. trenton, georgia because so many people are impacted right now from alabama that had up to six inches of snow, tennessee to nine inches and those accidents in georgia. we take you to asheville, north carolina they had up to five inches of snow and power outages. gusty winds sliding up the coast. birmingham, alabama, because even in the city of birmingham, it was starting to cover the grass. this is moving really fast, so
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washingt washington, d.c., they're getting the snow. the sharp cut off for new york city, eastern long island the cape may get some. then it's all about the cold. new orleans feeling subfreezing this morning. george? >> that's a big change. ginger, thanks very much. t.j.? we turn now to the fight against covid, to the u.s. averaging a record-shattering more than 400,000 cases per day. this as kids are heading back to school this morning. trevor ault is live at a school here in new york with the latest for us. trevor, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, t.j. this is truly an unprecedented start to the year with a record shattering number of new infections. it's impacting hospitals, and businesses and it especially is going to be impacting our schools. the education secretary says
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co schools around the country who are looking to return to the classroom can very easily see 5%, 10% of their staff out sick with covid. this morning, the new year is off to an unprecedented start with record-breaking levels of covid infections across the country. cases skyrocketing more than 200% in the past two weeks, on average now more than 400,000 reported a day, more than ever before. >> we are definitely in the middle of a very severe surge and uptick in cases. >> reporter: the omicron variant triggering explosive outbreaks in areas like puerto rico. new infections there increasing 4,490%, and hospitalizations while lagging are on the rise. patient numbers in new york mirroring the levels of this time last year. >> the real bottom line that you want to be concerned about is are we getting protected by the vaccines from severe disease leading to hospitalization? >> reporter: dr. fauci says the cdc may now update some of its new guidance, potentially
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recommending people with asymptomatic infections and no fever get a negative test before ending their isolation at five days and there's growing concern for children. just last week the nation reported a 66% increase in children admitted to the hospital because of covid-like symptoms. this morning the fda now authorizing booster shots for 12 to 15-year-olds, but the youngest kids still fully unvaccinated are still at risk. >> the high fevers came in waves. she just laid on me basically for three days straight. >> reporter: sara barlow's 2-year-old daughter tested positive and spent four days in the hospital. >> it can get bad. it's not just a simple cold for everybody. >> reporter: and now america's schools are weighing whether to reopen. dozens of colleges are gearing up to start their semesters online. atlanta public schools switching to online-only classes this week, but in new york city, about a million students are
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expected to be back in-person with new covid safety measures. >> we lost almost two years of education. we can't do it again. >> reporter: and all of that demand for testing can now in many instances slow down the wait for your results. one of the nation's largest testing companies, quest diagnostics said their processing time has gone from a day to two or three days. we know with omicron, that extra wait can make a big difference. t.j.? >> trevor ault, thank you so much. george? defense secretary lloyd austin tested positive for covid sunday morning. he has mild symptoms and he says his last meeting with president biden was two weeks ago, and he credits the vaccine for keeping his symptoms mild. the investigation into the january 6th insurrection has we approach the one-year anniversary. the chairman says he has evidence members of congress had
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contact with the rioters. terry moran is with us. good morning, terry. >> reporter: there was testimony taken from dozens of witnesses behind closed doors and more than 35,000 documents have been obtained trying to piece together the puzzle of that day and members of the committee are saying the evidence shows this didn't just happen. just days before the anniversary of the january 6th riot, after six months of gathering evidence, the leader of the committee investigating the insurrection says the attack was likely a coordinated effort. >> it could be people in the executive branch. it could be people in the department of defense, some state characters, some nonprofits, and some very wealthy individuals. >> reporter: and the top republican on the committee, congressman liz cheney says former president donald trump ignored pleas to tell his supporters to retreat. >> we have firsthand testimony that his daughter ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to please stop this violence. >> reporter: trump also
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disregarded texts from his eldest son, donald trump jr., and urgent calls from republican leader kevin mccarthy demanding he calm the crowd. >> the republican party has to make a choice. we can either be loyal to our constitution, or loyal to donald trump, but we cannot be both. >> reporter: congresswoman cheney says the committee could consider recommending criminal penalties for the former president. >> he could have told them to stand down. he could have told them to go home, and he failed to do so. >> reporter: legal experts have warned panel that criminally referring former president trump for prosecution could set a dangerous precedent, especially if and when republicans take power again. george? >> okay, terry. meantime, twitter has made a move against one of the members of the congress who spread covid disinformation. >> reporter: that's right. this is an unprecedented move. marjorie taylor greene of florida, the republican congresswoman is the first member of the congress to be banned from that platform. it raises questions about freedom of speech and the way our social media polices speech,
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but she was violating the platform's covid-19 misinformation policy. her official congressional account. as a member of congress, that's still in operation. george? >> terry moran, thanks very much. robin? now to that rescue in new mexico. 21 people finally brought to safety after being stranded overnight on a freezing tram dangling over the mountains. we'll hear from some of those who were rescued this morning. our chief national correspondent matt gutman is in los angeles with the story for us. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, robin. it's a heck of a way to spend the new year. being battered around like a tether ball on a freezing cold tram car. those 21 workers managed to survive that freezing night by huddling together and sharing the few provisions they have, a couple bottles of water -- and you can't make this up -- a bag of life savers.
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this morning, that dramatic new year's day rescue. 21 people stranded for hours on two trams in freezing conditions. on new year's eve with the weather turning, those workers from the restaurant and tram at sandia peak in new mexico were hustled into the tram cars for what's normally a 15-minute ride down the mountain. >> 8:45, we're out the door. we get into the tram. we start going down, and then suddenly we stop. >> reporter: high wind and ice on the cables forcing operators to stop the tram, but hour after hour ticked by. amber santo says at first, it was festive. >> happy new year's guys. >> whoo! >> reporter: by 4:00 a.m. though, they got more bad news. rescuers couldn't respond until daybreak. >> it's freezing. the condensation on the roof from all us breathing was turning into icicles. >> reporter: the wind battering the tram car around. >> we were swinging back and forth like a swing. we were in a whiteout for most of the night. >> reporter: amber says she started to fear the worst. >> we were shivering. your feet are frozen.
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you're, like, am i going to die in this tram car? >> reporter: finally at around 9:30 a.m., about 12 hours later, amber says the first rescuer reached their tram. amber says the rescuers attaching a rope to a pole in the middle of the tram. >> one by one, they harnessed us in and they repelled us down. they did all the work. search and rescue did all the work. >> reporter: once they got down from the tower, the survivors then walked about 200 yards to a rescue helicopter which finally flew all of them off the mountain and to safety. i spoke to amber last night. she said that she and some of her co-workers are still pretty shaken up, and she said she can't really imagine going back into a tram car. some good news for those workers, they'll have a bit of a rest, but that tram and restaurant won't open up again because of this incident until thursday. robin? >> that's understandable, but what a rescue operation. glad everybody's all right. >> pretty incredible. >> matt, thank you. t.j.? all right, robin. leat and baffling scene at an nfl game yesterday.
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tampa bay buccaneers wide receiver antonio brown. you see him there. the game is still going on. he rips off his pads, takes off his jersey, his shirt, runs around shirtless, waves to the crowd and finally exits. after the game, the coach said -- and this is probably a no-brainer -- he's no longer a buc. our will reeve joins us with this story. will, what in the world? >> reporter: t.j., it was as bizarre and unprecedented a scene as could be. in the third quarter of sunday's game, antonio brown was visibly irritated on the sidelines. teammates tried to calm him down, but brown broke away and stripped off his stuff and left in a blaze of drama. now he's out of a job. >> that's antonio brown without his uniform, we are told. without his jersey, and running out of the field. >> reporter: a surreal moment in the middle of sunday's game between the new york jets and the tampa bay buccaneers. >> it's a very odd situation.
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antonio brown boiled over, very upset on the sidelines. tossed his shoulder pads and took off his shirt and gloves and threw those into the crowd, and ran across the field while the players were on the field giving the crowd a peace out sign. >> reporter: a fan behind the buc's bench filmed the moment a demonstrable upset brown ripped off his uniform. after leading his team to a comeback victory, quarterback tom brady urged grace for his now former teammate. >> i think everybody should be really compassionate and empathetic toward, you know, some very difficult things that were happening. >> reporter: post-game head coach bruce arians told the media that brown is no longer a buc. >> i've never seen anything like it. i have been affiliated with the nfl for over 30 years. >> reporter: sunday marked brown's return from a three-game suspension from the nfl for allegedly submitting a false vaccination card, one of a string of scandals that have engulfed the wide receiver in recent years, and ranged from the strange to the severe. brown said this just over a week ago. >> it's all drama. it's not about football.
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>> reporter: he has added another blemish to his record, losing his job with the defending super bowl champions and the potential for $1 million incentives. some of brown's various off-field scandals include getting frostbite in a cryyo therapy chamber that gave him frost bite, which forced him to be released from the raiders. brown posted yesterday after the incident, big mad, making a difference. thanks for the opportunity. guys? >> will, thank you. as stray said yesterday as he was waving to the crowd, he may have been waving bye to the nfl. coming up next, we'll have the latest on prince andrew's legal troubles. now to ginger. >> reporter: let's get the select cities sponsored by walgreens.
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much more on her legacy in just a few minutes. >> so much to talk about there. following the top headlines like the travel chaos. 2.5 million people are expected to fly today. this weekend, more than 1,700 more flights have been canceled. take a look at this video. philadelphia eagle fans cheering jalen hurts heading to the locker room after the eagles game. the railing fell, and hurts wasn't injured. fans were offered medical attention and none appeared to be seriously injured. and you might be keeping an eye on this over the holiday. those jackpots going up. powerball jackpots now worth $522 million. been 38 drawings since someone won back in october. the cash value now if you just want to take the cash is $371 million. >> not a bad payday. we turn to the sexual assault lawsuit against prince andrew. a federal judge threw out a bid
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to stop the lawsuit. and erielle reshef is at federal court in manhattan with the details. good morning, erielle. >> reporter: good morning to you, george. after his friend ghislaine maxwell's conviction on sex trafficking charges last week, all eyes are now on that civil suit against prince andrew, and despite his latest attempts to have that suit thrown out, the judge saying they will proceed. prince andrew facing a setback in a civil suit in a new york court. a federal judge refusing to halt the case on the grounds that his accuser virginia roberts giuffre does not live in the united states. the royal will still be able to argue that point in the future. >> this is a technical argument they raised regarding jurisdiction. this was a setback for them. the term of art is without prejudice which means the defense can bring that motion again. >> reporter: giuffre's attorneys say she currently lives in australia, but intends to return to colorado where her mother resides and where she is registered to vote. now 38, giuffre claims she was trafficked for sex by jeffrey epstein, and accuses prince
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andrew of having sex with her on several occasions and at multiple locations including new york, starting when she was 17. claims he has vehemently denied. >> i've said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact. >> reporter: andrew has attacked giuffre, calling her baseless, meant to achieve another payday. after the sex trafficking conviction of his longtime ghislaine maxwell, who was found guilty last week of five federal counts introduced the queen's son to disgraced multiple multi-millionaire and convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. he claims he saw him multiple times and stayed at his home in
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new york city, even after epstein had been convicted of sex crimes. >> it was a convenient place to stay with the benefit of all the hindsight that one could have. it was definitely the wrong thing to do. >> a jury has returned a guilty verdict. so there's no more presumption of innocence. this has been proven in court not specifically against him, but that these women were, in fact, abused by jeffrey epstein and miss maxwell. >> reporter: for what comes next the hearing on the prince's motion to dismiss happens tomorrow. george? >> erielle, thanks. let's bring in our royal contributor robert jobson. thank you for joining us. this has been a double blow for the royal family. any reaction from them? >> no, george. the royal family will stay completely quiet. references will be made to his lawyers, and in that respect, they've cut that off completely. we know that prince charles and the queen have done their best really to effectively cut prince andrew out of public life whilst this case is going on, but
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but the palace, an official spokesman, saying nothing. i'm sure there will be meetings for the worst case scenario though. >> you say effectively cut him out of public life. what more could they do? >> it's very limited actually, george. the reality is people are talking in the papers over here about him losing his title, the duke of york, losing his hoh title. if he had been a guard, like something camilla is made, where they dress up in those ornate robes going back 700 years, that actual honor, that could be taken away if you bring that order into disrepute. very little else they could do. he's not a member of that, and i would think ultimately just cut him out of public life. i can't see him ever going to america. i can't see him putting himself in that position, and i can't see him even if the case is in the favor of virginia giuffre paying out the money, even if the money is due. in terms of his reputation,
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george, it's pretty shot anywhere. over here the damage has been done. >> as they cut him loose, what's he living on? >> well, he does get -- he has had money in the past from the queen, and she used to pay for his public affairs, but i think we understand that the queen is paying for his legal bills which are huge from what we understand. he's living at royal lodge which is given to him by the queen, and she does pay out from her personal income to keep him in the standard that he's living, but the reality is that's it. he's not doing any public duties. peill be askin getting publicon. e but even th l wr >>onthan ver mu t.j.? we want to turn now to that incredible rescue of skiers,
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after an avalanche trapped them in feet of snow. janai norman with the story. >> reporter: the heart-pounding moment caught on camera as skiers rushed to rescue a dog trapped in an avalanche for more than 20 minutes. >> are you okay, man? we're coming, buddy. >> his nose was probably, like, three or four inches beneath the snow and his breath had melted a little hole in the snow. i could see the top of his nose. >> reporter: unfolding the day after christmas. 22-year-old bobby white taking out his gopro camera to do some back country skiing in colorado, be you without any cracking or warning, an avalanche broke. according to a preliminary report on the colorado avalanche information center, the dog owner was out skiing with a friend and his dog apollo, seen here moments before the avalanche. >> i mean, just did not look like it was very survivable even for a human, let alone a smaller dog. >> reporter: after nearly 20 minutes, and as they were starting to lose hope, josh spotted apollo's nose sticking
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out from the snow and started digging frantically. >> are you okay, buddy? a little scared? >> reporter: a little scared and very cold, but amazingly emerging from feet of snow unharmed. >> when he shook it off, like, that was probably the craziest feeling to me. that was pretty miraculous. >> reporter: and apollo's owner says apollo is just fine even after such a scary ordeal, but many emphasizing that this is why you have to keep caution in a situation like that when the avalanche warning is already high, especially if you have your dog. guys? >> that's right. thanks, janai. coming up next, we're going to celebrate betty white. yes, the 99-year-old treasure on and off the screen. come on back. cancer means being relentless. atic breast because every day matters. and having more of them is possible with verzenio. the only one of its kind proven to help you live significantly longer when taken with fulvestrant, regardless of menopause. verzenio + fulvestrant is for hr+,
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i'm beatrice arthur. >> i'm betty white. >> i'm rue mclanahan. >> i'm estelle getty. >> all: we're the golden girls from hollywood, california. good morning, america. >> going into the "gma" vault for that. ♪ remember that too? the "gma" theme song. betty white of course, and her "golden girls" costars on "gma" back in 1987. this morning, we are celebrating the life of that tv icon. as we know she passed away on friday, just weeks short of her 100th birthday. amy, giving us a glimpse of her golden legacy. good morning. >> it certainly was golden.
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good morning. happy new year everyone. we know betty white was a welcome guest in all of our living rooms for most of our lives. many of us thought she would live forever, and in many ways she will. the self-described lucky old broad holds the guinness world record for the longest television career for a woman entertainer. this morning, we thank her for being a friend. betty white's humor was a blend of sweet and sassy. >> good morning, ladies. >> not for you, nursy nurse nurse. >> reporter: complete with impeccable comedic timing that always got a laugh. >> when the red light goes on, that means the camera is about to -- >> i know what i'm doing. just cue me and then stick a sock in it. >> reporter: a 17-year-old betty white first appeared on television in 1939. by the '50s, she was hosting and producing her own network shows. >> betty white in "life with elizabeth." >> reporter: during that time,
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white would stand up against racism, telling executives in 1954 who wanted her to fire a black dancer, to live with it. >> and now with a new feature, news from a woman's point of view, sue ann. >> reporter: becoming the happy homemaker on "the mary tyler moore show." >> mary, dear, in the language of the kitchen, that's a crock. [ laughter ] >> reporter: the role would earn her two emmys. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ >> reporter: then came "the golden girls" starring four women of a certain age living under the same roof as roommates. >> i should have said no to the miss st. olaf beauty pageant. it was 1951. it was the first year they let humans enter too. >> we say things on the show that if we were 20, 25, 30 years younger, it would be salacious. it would be objectionable. we have been around the track a couple of times and we can say it and get away with it. >> reporter: her comedic talents
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winning new fans who in the millions petitioned for her to host "saturday night live." >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, betty white. >> reporter: which she did at the age of 88, the oldest host in the show's history. >> people say, betty, facebook is a great way to connect with old friends. at my age, if i want to connect with old friends, i need a ouija board. >> reporter: she found purpose outside of show business too, through her passionate advocacy for animal welfare. >> that's my life really. i have to stay in show business to pay for my animal business. >> reporter: and there was her husband allen ludden who she called the love of her life. the pair enjoying 18 years of marriage before his passing in 1981. >> if heaven exists, what would you like to hear god say to you when you arrive at the pearly gates? >> come on in, betty. here's allen. >> reporter: betty white died at the age of 99, a television icon, an american golden girl.
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ah, she certainly was, and the actress touched an entire new generation with her beloved wit and her warmth stealing scenes in "the proposal," and ryan reynolds writing she was great at defying expectations. she managed to grow very old, and somehow not old enough. we will miss you, betty. and it brought a tear to all of our eyes to see that warmth along with that humor and she really was so beloved by so many. >> you said it best, sweet and sassy, and a scene stealer. >> she really was. >> yeah. >> when we saw this, really 2021, you're going to do this? give us one last one, 2021? she was beloved by everybody. robes, thank you. >> thank you as always, amy. coming up later, special moments with betty white from the "gma" vault.e t "gma." >> you really missed that tune, didn't you? coming up next, the underdog who's now top dog. stay with us.
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it's a giant schnauzer. it's a giant schnauzer. okay. welcome back. making history at the national championship. bayou is the name. he's the one on the left. his owner chris, they are standing by. we're going to chat with them both this morning. >> he is a giant. >> that's coming up. we're right back. we're right back. looking to get back in your type 2 diabetes zone?
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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. >> good morning. a look at our traffic on this morning. >> good morning, everyone. we will start with an overall look at the bay bridge. traffic is moving. we had some stop and go traffic because of a hit-and-run on westbound 80 right before 101. golden gate bridge looking beautiful this morning clear geo go to concord briefly. a report of a brush fire on northbound 680. at the moment, no slowdown. >> taking a look at live doppler 7 right now tracking our next storm moving into northern california. some light showers around eureka. this system will slide south throughout the day into the bay area. cloudy and rainy from this vantage point. most of us will find the showers
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. travel chaos coast to coast. more than 5,000 flights canceled over the holiday weekend with 2.5 million people expected to fly starting this morning. as airlines struggle with covid-related staff shortages. covid cases surging as millions of kids head back to school. when the booster authorization could come for young teens, and what parents should know. ♪ i got you on my mind ♪ why ellie goulding is calling 2021 the hardest year of her life. talking about her crippling anxiety. this morning her life lessons and how to help you cope. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ celebrating the life of legendary golden girl betty white. she graced our television screens and "gma" set.
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>> i'm live here with betty white. >> this morning, more of the golden moments that made us laugh. ♪ good to be alive right about now ♪ spotting cancer from the stands. how this hockey fan saved a life. what she saw that sounded the alarm, and what to look for on your own skin, and the special way hockey is saying thanks. "the bachelor" is back. clayton echard joins us live as he starts his journey to love. ♪ level up ♪ and get ready to level up in 2022. from finances, health, and love. how to be your best self in the new year. and this morning we're helping one pint-size super hero and cancer thriver. an unforgettable surprise, and wait until you see who's helping us. all ahead as she says -- >> good morning, america. ♪ go on, t.j. i see you over there.
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>> getting going. >> i know. happy new year, everybody. glad to be here with george and t.j. first monday of 2022, and we're kicking it off right with our new series, level up, level up. ways you can level up our lives, body and soul. who who other than ciara is with us doing just that. that special girl right there, the video, her "level up" dance, it went viral, and we have a surprise with her coming up. >> can we keep the song going for the whole show? also coming up, we'll talk about bayou who just won best in show at the american kennel club national championship. this is the first giant schnauzer to ever take the top prize. we'll check in shortly. >> can't wait to get on tv. a lot of news to get to as well. we'll start with that travel trouble across the country. passengers and flight crews were hit by the winter weather and omicron, and u.s. covid cases are breaking records nationwide. i want to go back to our transportation correspondent gio benitez at laguardia airport. good morning, gio.
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>> reporter: hey, george, good morning again. we are seeing some of the most cancellations and delays right here at laguardia airport this morning, but already across the country today, more than 1,700 cancellations. today will be one of the busiest travel days of the season. 2.5 million people are expected to fly back home, and countless others will be on the road. more than 5,000 cancellations this weekend from coast to coast. that's the most since the mass cancellations began over on christmas eve. that unprecedented travel chaos caused by both severe weather across the country and staffing shortages from the pandemic. now remember, you may not be able to reach an airline by phone today. so make sure that you've downloaded the airline's app that way if you have any last-minute change, you can make it right there. george? >> good advice. gio, thanks very much. t.j.? we turn now to this fight against covid, and a test of new strategies across the country as mllions of children now head back to school this morning following the holiday break. we want to head back to our
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trevor ault outside a school here in new york. good morning again, trevor. >> reporter: good morning again, t.j. yeah, we're starting the new year really on unfamiliar ground here with all these record-shattering case numbers. school districts are often trying out new strategies. they really want to keep kids in the classroom, but they also want to minimize the spread because there is still a very real threat for children. this morning, as america starts the new year blanketed by record-shattering case loads, there's growing concern for children. just last week the nation reported a 66% increase in children admitted to the hospital because of covid-like symptoms. >> even at the best children's hospitals in the united states with state of the art care, some children who become infected with this virus will die from it. that's the sad reality. >> reporter: this morning the fda now authorizing booster shots for 12 to 15-year-olds, but the youngest kids still fully unvaccinated are still at
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risk. >> the high fevers came in waves. she just laid on me, basically, for three days straight. >> reporter: sarah barlow's 2-year-old daughter tested positive and spent four days in the hospital. >> it can get bad. it's not just a simple cold for everybody. >> reporter: and now america's schools are weighing whether to reopen. dozens of colleges are already gearing up to start their semesters online. atlanta public schools, switching to online-only classes this week, but in new york city about a million students are expected to be back in-person with new covid safety measures. >> we lost almost two years of education. we can't do it again. >> reporter: and so now all of these schools in new york city are going to be doubling their weekly testing, and when a student tests positive instead of immediately having the rest of the class switch to remote learning, they're now going to have every other student take a rapid test. those who test negative and don't have any symptoms will instead return right back to the classroom for in-person learning. t.j.? >> trying to find a way to keep them in class.
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trevor, thank you so much. robin? this morning, we are celebrating the life of a beloved greeter at dollywood. we met miss johnny crawford at the tennessee theme park during our "rise & shine" series last may. she worked at the park every day since dolly parton took it over in 1986. the woman known as miss johnnie was 94 years old. she was a delight to meet. coming up, pop star ellie goulding sharing her journey, quote, daily, nightly, hourly with anxiety. this morning, her message for those going through tough times. and jen ashton is here as she kicks off her dry january challenge. she's going over the benefits and how to level up your health in 2022. and "the bachelor" clayton echard will join us live with an exclusive sneak peek at tonight's big episode. stay with us on "gma," folks. we are right back. the magic is calling you... to a celebration 50 years in the making.
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>> jim stephanie, nashville, tennessee, would love to sit with you possibly over a glass of red wine. you know it's good for your health. would like to just talk, yes. i guess i'm asking you for a date and he had a little smiley emoticon on there. >> oh, that's lovely. could i have a vodka instead? >> name your hidden talent that would surprise us. you can keep it clean. it's a morning show. >> oh, well, okay. i'll try to think up something else. [ laughter ] >> is that always on your mind, betty? >> yes. yes. always. >> yes. yes. and just -- she was a sheer delight. >> you never knew what she was going to say, but it was always fun. >> you're always bracing like this. okay. we going to turn now to our "gma" cover story. pop star ellie goulding with a message about struggling with anxiety. janai norman is back and she has
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the sij the singer marking the end of 2021 with an instagram post. good morning again, janai. >> reporter: hey, robin. yeah, ellie goulding describing 2021 as the best, but hardest year of her life sharing some of her highlights including becoming a mom which she calls the greatest joy she has ever known, but those highs are not without lows and saying she like so many struggles with anxiety. ♪ everything you do is so cool ♪ >> reporter: ellie goulding is opening up about being crippled by anxiety. ♪ i'll let you set the pace ♪ >> reporter: the "love me like you do" singer revealing she struggled, quote, daily, nightly, hourly with the kind of panic i didn't even know existed. in the new year's eve instagram post that included this smiling picture, the 34-year-old sharing some of her 2021 highlights including a new baby, a new book, and performing just weeks ago at kate middleton's christmas concert. ♪ from now on, our troubles will be miles away ♪ >> reporter: but also sharing
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with her 14 million followers, sometimes at my most terrified when i feel there's no escape from the sheer panic and dread in my heart and brain, i remind myself that i can feel. >> the fact that she had her absolute best year brings great things and it also brings some negatives, and the brain starts to say, okay, i have been too out of control. there's too much overload here, and if you have not taken the steps to relax in between, then it's going to bring on that crippling anxiety that she's experiencing. >> reporter: goulding sharing she feels anxiety has helped make her who she is today, but also that she feels like something is broken inside, and she's far from alone. the anxiety conversation in america estimated that 40 million americans are diagnosed with some form of anxiety. goulding with a message for those that are in this right now. we're together, and we can get through this. most importantly, by talking. talking and opening up is the
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hardest and the best thing you can do. ♪ and we're going to let it burn, burn, burn ♪ >> reporter: and talking and opening up certainly helps. dr. williams suggesting some ways to help manage anxiety. of course, a good diet, getting enough sleep, but she says not more than nine hours. also meditating, just helping bring focus to your breath, and of course, talk to your doctor. get the help you need, talk to a therapist, and know that you are not alone. robin? >> and it's okay to not be okay. i'm is to glad she shared that, and so glad you went with the updo for this segment. i mean, it was down in the first hour, and now you're leveling up. is that what you are doing? >> reporter: the wind, robin. the wind. had to put it up. >> it looks great both ways. thanks, janai. george? we'll keep the leveling up going right now, leveling up your health in the new year with dry january. our chief medical correspondent jen ashton doing it for several years. she wrote about it in her best-selling book "the self care
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solution." welcome back, dr. jen. this has been more and more popular. you've been doing it a long time. >> it started in the uk, and it's really gained popularity here in the u.s. first, who is it for, who is it not for? it's for anyone who wants to try a wellness challenge. it's really not for people who think they have an issue with abstinence, sobriety, alcohol abuse or dependence. if it is hard for someone -- >> why is it not for people who have alcohol issues? >> it's not to be taken lightly. if you think you have an issue with alcohol, you should talk to a health professional and proceed along a different route. for anyone else who wants to do this dry month, there are a plethora of benefits. you will absolutely notice these things. you will have better sleep, better skin. you might lose a couple of pounds. you'll definitely save money, and you will be more mindful about your behaviors. >> how do you get started? >> you know, i think there are a couple of ways. number one, you want to realize that this is not a one-size-fits-all approach. find your own way.
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i think some tips are, you know, be curious. be your own science experiment. so when you start if you have a scale, you know, weigh yourself at the beginning. weigh yourself every week. notice your skin. notice your sleep. is it different? notice your mood and your behaviors, and then look at these benefits. reduction in cellular inflammation. you're not going to see that, but trust me it's going on. better mental clarity, and do you automatically reach for that glass of wine or a drink when you really don't want it? in this time of covid and influenza and the common cold, it will improve your immune system, and you'll learn a lot during the process. whether you stick with it, it will, you know, i talked to robin about it and she said, why do it in a long month? should have chose february. there are a lot of studies that show that people who do this in january tend to drink less when they resume social alcohol. >> you put off dry january by a day. i got the best text from you on
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new year's day. you're getting married. >> yes, i got engaged on new year's eve. i was not expecting it. my nails were not ready. we're very happy. we're very excited. we're very in love. >> love seeing that right there, and i love the way he proposed. a little yellow cab. >> he's a producer. he produced it well. >> jen ashton, thanks very much. dr. ashton will be back tomorrow. "the self care solution" just cake out on paperback. now let's go to ginger. >> reporter: congrats, dr. ashton. so happy to that. we've got to go to washington, d.c. though because the white house covered in white. yes, some heavy know moving through with that storm, and you can barely see through it there. the visibility will be down. luckily this is going to move through pretty quickly here throughout the morning. just be careful on your commute. to boulder county, colorado, the nearly 1,000 homes destroyed in wildfires just last week they got 7 to 11 inches of snow.
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it'll now it is time to meet bayou, the first giant schnauzer crowned best in show at the akc national championship, beating out over 5,000 other dogs. he joins us now with owner chris. congratulations. tell us how bayou made it on top. >> thank you very much for letting us be on this morning. i guess first of all, he showed the best of breed competition that morning and he did well there, and we went onto the
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working breed that evening, and our goal was just to kind of ma tonce we did that, everybody relaxed a little bit, including bayou and his handler, alfonso, and i think at that point they showed really well, and went on to best in show, and they were just happy to be there, and i think again, he showed really well because he didn't have anything to lose. he was just happy to be there, and he did well. >> what are judges looking for in a giant schnauzer? >> several things. i mean, first, the structure, the coat type is important and how they move. that's one thing about bayou. he does move really well. so they're a working breed and they need to be able to move around and do what they were bred to do. >> what's the secret to his training? >> a little bit of everything. first, there is a lot of grooming that goes into a dog like this, and then a lot of conditioning too. he does some treadmill work and running alongside a bike.
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all those kind of things to stay in shape, but he has a bit of an attitude at times. >> i was just going to ask you about that. he seems a little restless right now. mischievous dog? >> definitely. when he was a puppy, his first show was at 6 months old, and he did fine the first day, and then he realized he could get away with a lot of things in the show ring and not get in too much trouble. so the second day of show, he wouldn't stand still. he was jumping around and the judge kicked him out of the ring because he wouldn't let her go over him, and that behavior's continued a little bit even to this day. he shows really well for alfonso and ashley, but if anybody else ever has to handle him, he kind of tests them to see what he can get away with, and he'll jump up and down on them all the around the ring unless they keep him
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under control. >> what was his reward for best in show? >> he was pretty excited we won, but he didn't get any special food or anything. he's in training, so he has to eat the same food every day. plus, we don't want him to know that he won something or he would expect that all the time. >> you're tough. you're a task master. what's next for bayou? >> well, he'll show some more. we have a show later today. we're here in florida and he's going to go to a show here in a little while, and he'll probably stop doing the confirmation shows later this year, and then move onto maybe some performance obedience type things. so he's got a lot of activities left after he finishes showing. >> where did bayou come from? >> where did he come from? >> the name. >> can you repeat that? >> where did his name come from? how did you decide on bayou? >> oh, his name. we own his mom. we live in south louisiana, and
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his dad is from high in the rocky mountains in colorado. so it's from the mountains to the bayou. >> robin guessed that. >> who dat? >> exactly. >> chris, thank you very much. congratulations. >> thank you. thank you all very much. >> gorgeous. gorgeous. >> we should send bayou something because chris is not budging. >> no. all right. we want to turn now to a hockey fan's life-saving moment in the stands. an aspiring doctor spotted something on the neck of the vancouver canucks' equipment manager, and urged him to get it checked out. will reeve is back with this remarkable story. hey again, will. >> reporter: hey, t.j. remarkable and serendipitous, and typically an equipment manager plays an unnoticed role, and fans are there to see the game, but the seattle kraken's first ever home game in october,
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one fan was watching the equipment manager and saw something and did something that saved his life. this morning, vancouver canucks equipment manager brian hamilton is lucky to be alive after 22-year-old aspiring physician nadia popovici spotted a mole on his neck from the stands. >> i put mole, doctor, and cancer in red and made them bold. i just held it up to the plexiglas and just knocked. >> if she went this far, i don't know her. i don't know what she knows. i don't know anything about her. i need to get this checked. >> this is the one time i'm going to see this man possibly, and, you know, those things can be very fatal. >> reporter: a call from his doctor confirmed hamilton's worst fear. >> his line to me was, i'm going to diagnose you with cancer. i'm also going to tell you that you have an angel in your life because if you didn't get that thing out in five years, you would not be here. >> nadia, what do you make of that when you hear that?
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>> oh my gosh. i'm just -- i'm speechless. >> you don't have to be medically trained to spot a melanoma. you have to look closely with your eyes and speak up. it can save a life. >> reporter: the canucks found nadia and brought her to saturday night's game. >> hi. >> hello. >> reporter: for a meeting with red and a well-earned surprise for both teams. $10,000 toward her med school education. >> i almost talked myself out of it, and it's just the butterfly effect. i mean, seriously. it's so amazing. >> reporter: once they identified nadia, the teams had trouble actually contacting her on saturday because she was sleeping, having worked overnight at a crisis prevention hot line on new year's eve. brian hamilton said, the world needs more nadias. t.j.? >> we need more stories like that. will, thank you so much for that. coming up next, the surprise
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we have for a young thriver. stay with us.
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>> building a better bay area. moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. kumasi: good morning. jobina: good morning everyone. we are going to start with a live look in oakland. we do have something in the roadway. the chp is calling it some tubing around 23rd and you can see how it is impacting northbound traffic. the average speed is around 15 miles per hour, so it is causing a big backup extending all the way to the coliseum and right in the line of our camera and then wrapping up with a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. traffic has been pretty light and a lot of people are observing new year's day today. kumasi: drew tuma
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drew: we are tracking some rain that'll be moving through later today. this storm will sink to the south. on the -- on the storm impact scale, it is a one today. less than a quarter of an inch for most of us. most of this rain is going to fall later this afternoon and into the evening. likely finding the highest amounts in the north bay.
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throughout the day, take the umbrella with you. we will have some showers over the next 24 hours. kumasi: another update in about 30 m ♪ level up, level up, level up ♪ right there, this morning we're kicking off our series, level up your life in 2022, and right now, robin, you have a story you cannot wait to bring. >> i can't wait to share this. we want you to look at this. 3-year-old aubrey english captured the hearts of millions in 2018. that's her level up dance in the hospital during her valiant fight with cancer. she is now 6 years old and we're happy to say, in remission. we're going to talk with her and her entire family in just a moment. there they are, but first, let's take a look at their story.
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♪ level up ♪ ♪ level up ♪ >> reporter: when aubrey english hears the words of ciara's "level up," it feels like a celebration. >> she is a joy. she's really rambunctious. she's always been very positive, even in her -- the worst days. >> reporter: aubrey was diagnosed with cancer just months before her third birthday, but little aubrey wasn't about to let the diagnosis bring her down. >> she was still happy and smiling and dancing. it just brought so much light to us even during some of our darkest days. >> reporter: those dark days few and far between. aubrey making the hospital her own princess castle, dressing up for treatment, making the best of it as best she could. ♪ level up ♪ ♪ level up ♪ aubrey's mother sharing this video of her precious little girl during treatment. writing, dear childhood cancer, just so you know, i won't give up. i won't give in.
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you won't take my spirit. you won't take my spunk, adding, you may be in my life, but you don't have my life. >> she just wanted to get up, and she just wanted to dance, and that's kind of who she has always been. >> reporter: now three years in remission, aubrey and family hoping others can take inspiration from her journey. >> she absolutely is my hero. she absolutely is. >> love that picture. such a sweet thriver. we are joined now by aubrey and her entire beautiful family joining us. good morning to you all. it's wonderful to have you with us here on "gma." >> good morning. >> good morning. so aubrey, tell us how are you feeling this morning? >> good morning. >> how are you feeling this morning, aubrey? >> good. >> good, i love the pink. so what makes you such -- where do you get that level up spirit? where does that come from? >> from the doctor.
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>> ah. >> she said from the doctor there, but we have been watching you all in the monitor, even though she's the youngest, in some ways she seems like the leader. her energy. she was dancing and whatnot. we ask her where she gets it from. i'm sure she gets it from the family. in some ways has she always been this emotional leader in the family? her spirit seems to keep everybody going. >> absolutely. that is her spirit. she brings us together. she wants to have family time. she wants to go and do, and that's kind of always been her from the beginning. >> and mikeon, you serve as a nurse in the same hospital where aubrey was receiving her treatment. what has she taught you about how to care for young children battling this? >> i've always -- i love
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pediatric nursing, but i just have a newfound love and joy for what i do. unfortunately i'm a cancer mom, but that is also fortunate. i'm able to help others in ways that i didn't even imagine. so it to go through, but i know that it's a reason for going through it. i truly believe that. >> yes, and thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you for the work that you do, and in so many lives. and i've got to tell you, that dance, can we just watch it again? can we watch little aubrey? she's doing her "level up" dance. there she is, you know, in the hospital, and just that spirit, and we weren't the only ones that were captivated by it. there's somebody who also wants to say hello to you. so let us bring in right now, "level up," ciara.
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this is level up "gma" with ciara. that's her. look at her. >> hello. >> what would you like to say to aubrey and her excited family? >> oh my goodness. i am in tears right now. aubrey, i just want to say that you are a superhero. yu are the real superhero, and i am so impressed by your strength and how you never gave up in your battle against cancer. you inspire me and so many people and so many others, and when i saw you dance to "level up," i could not wait to talk to you today. you have no idea how much joy you bring to my heart, and to everyone in my household. we all were talking about aubrey, and i'm just so proud of you and i can't wait to see what you do next. you are a real "level up" princess. keep leveling up and inspiring so many others. aubrey, i'm so proud of you. i'm rooting for you always. >> thank you, ciara. >> thank you. thank you. >> thank you. >> aubrey, we hear you like
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disney princesses as well. so we have another special message for you from princess tiana. >> good morning, aubrey. i just had to hop to it this fine day and say hello. you and your mom sure do prove that you do your best each and every day. good things are sure to come your way, and i look forward to seeing you very soon. until then, keep on doing your best and take your place in the sun. bye, sugar. >> bye, sugar. bye, sugar. we're not done here. you're going to see princess tiana yourself, aubrey, really soon because all of you, every single one of you are going to disney world. all of you. we packed your bags already. suitcases here, disney suitcases. these are going to be shipped to you. we're going to help you level up the whole family, getting four days at the park, five nights disney resort. you're going to meet princess tiana in real life, along with many of your other favorite disney characters. there she is now. who has words to react now? you're all going to disney.
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>> yes! thank you so much. thank you. >> and aubrey, i'll let you have the final word. >> you want to say something? >> all right. we'll just keep watching you dance. >> thank you. >> thank you all so much. congrats on what you are doing and inspiring us all, and enjoy disney world. >> another shoutout to ciara. thank you, ciara. thank you always. >> thank you. >> it was your dance that really got us going. i ♪ [coughs] ♪ [inhales] [exhales] ♪ [camera click]
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♪ back now on "gma" with abc's delightful new sitcom, "abbott elementary" which gives a fictional philadelphia public school the mockumentary treatment. quinta brunson is the director, t and also executive producer. she's joining us right now live. congratulations on a happy new year, i should say. i saw your post. you're feeling optimistic about 2022, aren't you? >> i said i'm embarrassed to say i'm optimistic. it feels like a dumb thing to do these days, but i'm going to be optimistic for myself and all of us. >> it's a choice, my friend and i'm glad you're choosing that. we know you grew up in philadelphia. you named the show after your sixth grade teacher which is so sweet.
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tell us why it's important for you to have her and your hometown be part of the show. beautiful picture. >> i love the picture. you know, basically when i wanted to develop a show, and i always feel like you should write a world you know, and a world i knew well was the, you know, school world because my mother was a teacher and, you know, all of us went to school, but i got to see behind the veil because i was with my mom both in the morning and at night, and all the time i was in her class, in her kindergarten class. so i wanted to make a show about philadelphia public school because it just seemed like it had so much legs -- so much life in it, and then the decision to name the show after my sixth grade teacher was because i tried to name it after my real
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school, but legal said you can't name it that because it's a real place, so i to switch it out and i had to shuffle through my teachers who i adored and miss abbott came up and her name cleared. not only was it legally great, but i got to honor her in that way. >> it was meant to be. meant to be. we're going to take a little peek at the next episode. your character janine decides to take the school's electrical problems into her own hands. let's see what happens. >> guys, the lights in the back hallway have been out for weeks. >> thank you for the update. >> what are you wearing? >> and we need to do something about it, okay? melinda, from your class, she was afraid to come to school this morning. said it looked like "the shining," and i don't even know how she knows that reference. >> she loves that movie. >> it's a classic. >> i love how it's shot. the characters love jim gardner. we love him. he's a legendary acre. is he going to make a cameo? >> oh, robin, you're trying to get the good stuff out of me.
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yes, he's going to make a cameo. you know, if you want to watch the show, watch it for "abbott elementary," but also watch it because we have jim gardner. it's the biggest celebrity we could get. i don't get starstruck often, but i was talking to him on my phone and i almost passed out. >> thank you for giving us the goods. we're big fans of his and big fans of yours. what do you want folks to take away from watching "abbott elementary"? >> well, first and foremost, i want people to laugh and have a good time watching this show. you know, i'm a big fan of sitcoms and workplace sitcoms and the best thing about them is getting together around the tv and watch with friends, and i hope people get to do that when they watch our show, and then on the other side of that, if they watch this show and feel like they need to, you know, if anyone watches this show and feel like they need to do something to help teachers, then that's fantastic, and that could be donating. that could be showing up at
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board meetings. that could be supporting the teacher in your life by lending a listening ear. it's not my goal to, like, change any minds, but i just know that this show will present what it is teachers really go through while also having the heart and humor of the sitcom. >> it is -- it's beautifully done. i mean that, and so creative and just extremely proud of you, and thank you for being here. >> yeah. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. >> that optimism is already paying off. three days in. see there? >> cashing its check. >> that's it. "abbott elementary" returns at its regular time slot tomorrow, january 4th, 9:00, 8:00 central here on abc. let's go back down the ginger. ging? >> reporter: robin, speaking of optimism, we have it in california. look, two weeks ago, 23% of the state was in exceptional drought. because of that atmospheric river, less than 1% now was the update just late last week. that is such great news. they'll keep denting the drought especially in the cascades. my goodness, check that out.
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two to three feet in the coming days. that's a check of the big picture. le we turn now to the new we turn now to the new bachelor. former football player and sales rep clayton echard kicks off things tonight on his journey to love. good morning to you, clayton. we've seen the previews and the trailer that was put out where you say that you are in love with three women at the same time. hw's that work? >> yeah, how does that work? i couldn't conceptionalize it at first and i told myself i was not going to fall in love with multiple women, and then it happened. so it was a little scary at first for me to make sense of it, but once i realized i was at that point, i just had to navigate it to the best of my ability. >> now we know the show was shot
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earlier, so all of this stuff is in the can. but even after a few weeks or a month or so of perspective, you look back at it and say, yeah, that was real, i was in love with three women? >> yeah, the feelings were very real, and looking back at it, i was fully invested and was in the moment, and i don't look back now and say, oh, well, maybe that was just because when i was there, that's what i thought how i felt, but that wasn't reality. that was actually reality, and i know those feelings were genuine. >> you were a contestant on michelle's season. did being a contestant help prepare you for being the bachelor? >> oh, absolutely, because i had only seen maybe four shows prior bachelorette." r," "the - therefore, i didn't know what to expect going into it. so to be on michelle's season, that really kind of primed me in
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a way to say, okay, this is how things work, and because of that, i had a little more confidence walking into it as the bachelor. >> you were on our show when you first announced you were "the bachelor," and you wanted to find someone funny and smart and outgoing. did you find what you were looking for, or did you find someone who was maybe not exactly what you were expecting? >> well, i'll tell you what, i've said it before, and it still holds true, that i met so many incredible women, but what i realized that what i was looking for could come in many different shapes and forms, and that's what happened as i went through the journey and started to realize that, well, this is what i thought i wanted, but maybe there's a little bit of a difference as far as what i thought and what i may end up finding. >> i don't know how long you have been in tv, but that was a great tease there. clayton, that was really well done. good luck to you. we'll all be watching and we'll see you down the road. but folks, "the bachelor" season 26 premieres tonight at 8:00, 7:00 central on abc. coming up, the dmc in run
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back now w back now with run dmc here on "gma." run dmc founding member, darryl mcdaniels has now written a new book. "darryl's dream," about finding courage, facing bullies, and celebrating individuality. everybody, let's please welcome the man, the myth, the legend, the icon, the pioneer, the dmc in run dmc. there he is, darryl mcdaniels. it's good the see you. happy new year. how are you? >> happy new year. thank you, t.j. i'm doing really, really, really good. looking forward to an awesome year. >> that's what we need here on this first monday of 2022. i'm holding a become here. it's a picture book here. who is the kid on that cover? is that supposed to be you? >> that is a young dmc and the place to be.
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>> so much about the book, how much of this really is following your story as a young kid? it has a message in there for kids now, but how much of this is your story about being bullied or rejected or talk about being different? >> well, back in the day, '30s, '40s, '50s, way back in the stone age, all young people go through the same thing, so when i was a little kid, t.j., i got teased, bullied, and picked on because i was a straight a student, always on time. i listened to my teachers, obeyed my parents. i wore glasses. they used to call me four eyes. it was, like, hey, binoculars, i read comic books. i was this geeky, nerdy kid, but all of those things that i thought wasn't good about me were some of the most powerful things of my character that allowed me to become the mighty king of rock. so i want to encourage all kids. they are perfect just the way they are, and who they are. they have everything necessary
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for them to be whatever and whoever they want to be. that's the message of the book. i am no different from any kid on the face of this earth or in the universe. >> now how do you -- how did you get through this? i have the book here and you're helping kids making it through. how was it for you making it through that and embracing who you really were? >> education, imagination, and creativity. when i was a little kid, i realized everything, every bit of information, everything that was creative, everything that was fun would allow me to make it through this world. you know what i'm saying? drawing, reading and writing and arithmetic. now a days you have the internet. you have the computer. i had the encyclopedia. the universe was a place of thoughts and emotions and
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characteristics. we all grew up going through the same things. so it was the arts and creativity combined with education. albert einstein, the smartest man in the history of the world said imagination is more important than education. he didn't say education wasn't necessary, but if you put imagination with the education, so when i was in school, the things that the bullies teased me about became my power. oh, you're corny and you like to draw, but then the very next week that bully was asking me, yo, darryl, can you please do the cover for my project? everything that little kids think is wrong with them is actually the thing that is their talent, their gift and ability to make them succeed. i'm dmc and the place to be. i wear my glasses so i can see. i'm no different from any other kid. you're no different from me. >> quoting albert einstein. that's what we needed.
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>> building a better bay area. moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. kumasi: good morning. here is jobina with traffic. jobina: thank you and good morning. i want to give you a quick update on what is happening in oakland. earlier i showed you our coliseum camera with that northbound traffic completely packed and backed up to the coliseum. the tubing that was blocking a couple lanes has been moved out of the way. the bay bridge toll plaza is empty. lots of people are off. overall look at the map and we have hardly any slowdowns. drew: you saw overcast skies and we are tracking our next storm moving into california as we speak. this storm will sink south. most of
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of us with less than a quarter of an inch of rain. kumasi: time for live with >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" today, from the series, "cobra kai," ralph macchio. and a chat with the "bachelor," clayton echard. and we begin our "live's new you in '22!" series. also get ready to play "live's freeze the day trivia." all next on "live!" ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause] and now, here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest! >> ryan: hi. >> kelly: hey, good morning, everyone. don't adjust your dials. we are coming to you from the studio, which we may look like
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