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jobina is running three miles every day or whatever she is doing. good morning, america. for our viewers in the west, as we start a new week together, the latest on comedian and "full house" star, bob saget. overnight, bob saget found dead in his hotel room in florida, right in the middle of his comedy tour. the circumstances of his death unclear. this morning, we hear from his friends and former co-stars about the "full house" star. catastrophic fire. nine children among at least 19 killed in the high rise fire. what caused it, and the latest on the investigation. new york city mayor eric adams joins us live. omicron shutdown. schools in chicago closed for a fourth day. the standoff between teachers and the mayor intensifies as surging cases nationwide close
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classes around the country. standoff over ukraine. tensions running high between the u.s. and russia, over 100,000 troops at the ukrainian border. can the u.s. and russia find enough common ground to stop the crisis? breaking this morning, will tennis star novak djokovic be allowed to play in australia? the latest on his vaccine exemption fight. hollywood's glamourous golden night going from starry and sizzling to just scrolling. the awards announced on twitter. no stars. no broadcast. chris connelly brings us the latest this morning. plane crash rescue. police officers pull a pilot from his plane after crashing on railroad tracks. >> go, go, go, go, go. >> seconds before the train came barreling through. ♪ go big or go home ♪ and we're ready for the big game. georgia and alabama, the bitter rivals. amy robach is live in indianapolis counting down to kickoff.
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♪ go big or go home ♪ amy let our bosses know she was going to the game. you want her to cover it insure she was going to already be there? that's why she's there. robes, that's what you call her? is that what you say? >> she's waving and smiling, hopefully tomorrow as well because tonight though is the biggest night of the college football season. yes, we are getting alabama and georgia, the two most dominant teams of the year are going at it for a national championship. robach of course, is there on scene. incredible scenarios playing out and she'll get into it. we have a lot to cover this morning, including that horrific fire right here in new york city. at least 19 are dead. the city's new mayor eric adams joins us live about the investigation. >> that's in just a moment. we begin with bob saget, known for his role on "full house," found dead in his hotel
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room in florida. victor oquendo joins us with the latest. good morning, victor. >> reporter: good morning, robin. this one hits close to home for so many in my generation. we grew up with bob saget as our tv dad. for kids today they have the chance to watch him play that iconic role of danny tanner all over again in his role on "fuller house." while his work may not have always been so family-friendly, there's no doubt he left his mark on millions. >> steph, i think it's wonderful that you wanted to throw comet a birthday party, but did you have to invite every dog on the block? does anybody have to use the hydrant? >> reporter: he earned the nickname, america's dad, a quick-witted actor, comic and host. he won hearts as danny tanner. >> did you handcuff my daughters together? >> boy, nothing gets by you. >> reporter: a widowed dad raising three daughters in san francisco on abc's long-running sitcom, "full house." >> believe me, honey. you're a beautiful, normal child, and you are going to grow
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up to be a beautiful, normal adult. >> you promise? >> i promise. >> reporter: overnight, the comedic legend passing away in a hotel in orlando where he was in the middle of a comedy tour that began in september. >> it's going to be for a male patient. caller is advising it's an obvious death stating a security officer found the guest not breathing. no pulse. >> reporter: the circumstances of his death remain unclear, but detectives say they found no signs of foul play or drug use. in his final tweet posted yesterday, saget tweeting, loved tonight's show. i had no idea i did a two-hour set tonight. i'm happily addicted again to this. the head of the tour, saget, reflected on his career in comedy with wjxx. >> it's not about money. if you are doing stuff to be famous, that's not the answer. you got to do it because you love it with all your heart. >> reporter: his love for craft pushing others to follow in his footsteps. tim wilkins opened for saget in his last set. >> i asked, are you still enjoying this?
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he said, i think i'm enjoying it now more than ever. >> reporter: saget began his career as a stand-up comedian. his humor often raunchy. >> but i love my mom, and you can too. >> reporter: an aboutface from his family-friendly gigs. for decades bringing joy to millions of homes as the host for "america's funniest home videos." >> honey, you know that migraine headache you had this morning? well, it'll be home in an hour. >> reporter: but no role more iconic than mr. tanner. >> i would like to get the girls to bed before "good morning america." >> reporter: saget and his tv family commemorating their 30th anniversary in an interview with robin in 2017. >> we won the kid's choice, the teen's choice and people's choice award which was a huge -- that was amazing for us. >> well deserved. [ applause ] >> i'm excited i won the other choice award for instant coffee. when you get older, you want it to be quick. >> you don't even flinch anymore. you've heard them all. >> yeah. >> i've known bob since i was 18 years old. >> that's what we told the judge.
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>> reporter: his death shocking fans and colleagues. i am broken. i am gutted, wrote his "full house" co-star john stamos. i am in complete and utter shock. i will never, ever, have another friend like him. i love you so much, bobby. candace bure saying bob was one of the best human beings i ever knew in my life. i loved him so much. mary kate and ashley olsen writing, bob was the most loving, compassionate, and generous man. bob saget was 65 years old. he is also an oscar winner. that was for a documentary in 1977, and bob saget was a family man in real life as well, speaking very highly of his three daughters. in an interview, calling them the light of his life. authorities released very few details into exactly what happened inside the hotel room. the medical examiner will be conducting an investigation to determine the cause of death. robin? >> victor, thank you. we're thinking of his family.
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coming up, we'll talk with two of bob saget's closest friends, gilbert gottfried and melissa rivers. they'll join us live. we're going to turn to another top story, the horrific one about the high-rise fire in new york. at least 19 people dead. a number of children among them. abc's janai norman has been on this story for us. she's live on the scene in the bronx. janai, good morning. >> reporter: t.j., tough to say good morning in this neighborhood that has been devastated by this fire. the fire was quickly contained, but officials say an open door allowed smoke to quickly fill this high-rise. firefighters finding residents on every floor in stairwells. smoke inhalation causing most of the injuries that killed 19 and sent so many more to the hospital. this morning, an investigation is under way after a devastating fire ravaged this new york city complex leaving 19 people including 9 children dead, and 13 more fighting for their lives. >> fire's on the third floor of a 1-9 story.
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>> reporter: officials say the blaze broke out before 11:00 in the morning in a 19-story bronx apartment building and in less than three hours the smoke enveloped all 19 floors. firefighters hoisting ladders to save trapped residents. many attempting to flee by smoke. sanchez guillermo says he and his 26-year-old son called family to say they didn't think they would make it out alive. you felt like you couldn't take the stairs now. >> there's no way. things happened to me mind. i can't do it, you know? >> reporter: and some residents taking neighbors from other floors as they awaited rescue. >> i told her you're not saving your house. come into my house. we went into my bedroom because it was better for us to breathe. >> it was just all about help whoever you can help. it got to a point where there was just so much black smoke in
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the house we could barely see each other. >> reporter: authorities revealing the cause of the fire was a space heater located on a third floor apartment unit in the building. >> the door to the apartment was left open. it did not close by itself. the smoke spread throughout the building. >> reporter: and the investigation continues into that open door. in 2018, the city passing a law mandating self-closing doors in all apartment buildings. still unclear whether those weren't installed here, or if they just didn't work. george? >> janai, thanks very much. let's bring in the mayor of new york city here, eric adams. mr. mayor, sad morning here in new york city. let's start with the latest on the investigation. what do we know about why it spread so fast, why it was so hard to escape? >> thank you so much for allowing me on, and this is a horrific day for all new yorkers, if not, throughout the entire country. we've received so many communications from people throughout the country. the investigation is still ongoing.
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will conduct a very thorough and comprehensive investigation. it appears the ability to have the smoke spread is due to the door being open. we do have a law as it was mentioned that it should close automatically. it may have been a maintenance issue with this door, and that is going to be part of the ongoing investigation. >> did the building meet other standards for fire safety? >> of our understanding, yes. there were no outstanding issues. we believe there were two violations that were mentioned in the last few years, but again, all of this is going to come out during the investigation. this is really early in the investigation. being in the bronx last night with the governor and other electorates, we wanted to give the families the support they deserve, and let the marshals do their job to determine what happened here. >> how many people are homeless because of this fire, and what is the city doing to help them? >> it's a combination of -- one
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thing about new york city, unfortunately, is we are capable of dealing with crises. we've dealt with so many of large proportion, and we immediately kick in gear our coordinated efforts with all of our agencies, the office of emergency management, the red cross, and many other local community-based organizations support groups. we are going to -- all of the residents have shelter that need shelter. we move in place with our hotel system to place people in hotels. last night immediately we opened a school building for those who needed immediate care because it was cold out last night, and the weather was inclement, and we're going to continue to make sure they receive those basic services they need and cycle them into permanent housing as the building is repaired. >> this could have been worse. those firefighters are real heroes. >> oh, they were. many of them, their oxygen tanks were on empty, but instead of turning back and exiting the building, they pushed through,
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through the smoke. and you also heard at the beginning of your broadcast, many of the residents. we saw them who we are as new yorkers during difficult and tough times. those residents came together to help each other, and this was a significant moment, and we would not have gotten through it at this level if it wasn't for everyone rallying to assist the people in that building. >> mayor adams, thank you for your time this morning. we're thinking of all the victims. thank you. robin? >> thank you. >> we certainly are, george. thank you. now to covid and the battle as to whether schools should be open during the pandemic. the high profile fight in chicago where teachers are refusing to come to work at odds with the mayor returning students to class. alex perez is live in chicago with the latest. good morning, alex. >> reporter: hey, good morning, robin. students here still have no idea when they might be back in the classroom. the omicron surge is creating problems across the country. this morning, chicago public schools' classes canceled for a fourth day after the teachers' union and city failed to reach an agreement. union officials proposing
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students begin virtual learning on wednesday with a return to in person on january 18th if covid cases are not surging. >> we can hopefully produce confidence that we're not talking about a long indefinite period where schools are remote. >> reporter: the mayor and school's superintendent rejecting the proposal. >> i think my kid's education is being hurt by it. i don't think kids should be on a computer for eight hours a day. >> reporter: the omicron surge impacting school districts across the country. in philadelphia, officials say more than 90 schools will go remote this week, but two of the country's largest school districts are taking a different approach. new york city public schools in their second week of in-person learning, and l.a. unified schools expected to do the same thing tomorrow. many health experts say in-person learning is safe. >> if people wear high-quality masks even without the other upgrades which i would like to see, it still is safe for kids and teachers to be back in
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school. >> reporter: this as hospitals around the country feel the strain of the surge while managing mounting staff shortages. more than 130,000 people are currently hospitalized, just shy of a pandemic-high. as cases continue to rise, so is the demand for testing. this morning, abc news learning the biden administration's plan to send 500 million at-home tests to americans is still weeks away unlikely to come in time for the current surge sweeping the country. and abc news has talked to a number of companies who say it will take time to ramp up testing. the biden administration hopes to get those first tests out by the end of the month. george? >> alex, thanks. we're going to go overseas now to the showdown between russia and the west over ukraine. talks between russia, the u.s., and european officials aim to reduce tensions and deter putin from invading ukraine. the sides appear to be far apart. senior foreign correspondent ian pannell has the latest. good morning, ian. >> reporter: good morning, george. that's right. a critical week for diplomacy, and that goes to the cold war.
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the kremlin sees ukraine and other parts of eastern europe as part of its own sphere of influence and a buffer against nato. moscow believes to be amassing around 100,000 troops on the border, and president putin making it clear he's ready to use him if his concerns aren't met. president biden making it clear there will be massive consequences if he does. it could involve more sanctions. what moscow says it wants, it wants a guarantee that ukraine won't become part of nato, the u.s. troops pull back from its borders. >> i spoke to secretary yesterday on "this week." he made it clear those guarantees aren't coming. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. and the u.s. insisting that each country should be able to make its own decisions about which alliances it joins, and blinken saying the u.s. is open to discussing limits on missile deployments and troop exercises. i think the question this
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morning is whether there's enough common ground to stop a diplomatic crisis turning into a military one. for now, both sides taking a tough stance, laying down the chances of a breakthrough, and putin may have gotten what he wants which is direct face to face talks with the u.s., and some kind of seat at the table. george? >> ian pannell, thanks. t.j.? all right, george, let's turn to that game tonight, the high profile football title game. the fighting robachs of georgia, and amy robach is there live at lucas oil stadium. maybe i need to adjust the color settings on my screen here. looks like you're -- is that kind of a crimson hue? >> no. i'm in red and black. i bleed red and black, t.j., and you know that. no. this is a game where you were talking about two long-time s.e.c. rivals fighting for college football's biggest prize. it's right behind me, actually, the trophy of the national championship. and there's a lot at stake here for the fans, the players, for the coaches. for the bulldogs, this is about revenge or redemption. it was a month ago at the s.e.c. championship game that alabama ruined georgia's perfect season
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dealing the bulldogs their only loss of the season. it knocked us off the top. i was there. it was heartbreaking. alabama trying to repeat, and the crimson tide has won six titles in the past 12 years. one of those victories at a game i was also at four years ago. an overtime thriller against georgia. they were hoping for their first championship since 1980. some people call it a thriller. i called it a nightmare. the man at the helm of alabama for all of these championships is nick saban. already a college football legend, and then georgia's head coach is kirby smart, a former assistant coach under saban at alabama. smart is looking for his first victory. so far he's 0 for 4. let's change that tonight, and as they say in bulldog territory, not today, saban. not today. >> wow, okay. well very objective report there from you this morning, robes. get a good look at that trophy in case things don't go your way tonight. we're going to see you plenty. we're going to see you plenty throughout the show this
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morning, robes. we'll check back in with you. the game is at 8:00 eastern on espn, and of course, we'll be chatting with robach throughout the morning. a lot more coming up here on "gma," including the life and legacy of bob saget. gilbert gottfried will join us live. and the update that novak djokovic can stay and play in australia, but a new snag could be a game changer. we have the latest. but first, good morning, ginger. >> reporter: good morning, robin. it was a tornadic weekend from southeast texas through alabama. the pictures you're seeing there from humble, texas, there were five confirmed tornadoes saturday. that was an ef-1, and four reported tornadoes in alabama. that was on sunday. that same front bringing in serious arctic air that will make it feel sub freezing from new york to boston. let's get the select cities now sponsored by allstate.
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it's so genuine. you can tell that you all have such love and respect for one another. >> it's an act. no, we really love each other. >> how do y'all do it? they bail you out when you forget your line. >> they may bail me out for real. >> he was so quick. back here on "gma," bob saget and his "fuller house" cast in 2017. you could tell that they were really like a family. no, they were family, and we're going to talk to two of his closest friends. that's coming up. >> we'll remember him all morning long. following a lot of headlines this morning, including the battle over going back to school during this covid surge. in chicago, teachers refusing to
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go back to class saying they're concerned about the safety of thudts and themselves. now out of school for four days. police officers in los angeles saved a pilot on the railroad tracks. they pulled him out seconds before the train came through and smashed into the aircraft. and something a lot of fans have been waiting for a long time. this is an incredible comeback. the golden state warriors star clay thompson, three-time nba champ has been out of action for some two and a half years. look at this. he was back on the court last night. a devastating knee injury, and he made his way back, and he made a three-pointer which made it his 1,800th three-pointer. he is so nice -- so nice to see him back. >> that's great. something and the new york yankees making history, reportedly promoting rachel balkovec to their minor team in tampa. this will make her the first woman to manage a team with baseball. she got her first job in pro
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baseball with the cardinals in 2012. robin, you interviewed her. >> i did. she's a real deal. this is huge. >> it is a really big deal. history made. >> congratulations to her. we're going to turn now to that breaking news overnight. novak djokovic has won the battle of staying in australia after his visa had been revoked over his vaccination status. it's still not clear if the world's top ranked player will be able to defend his australian open title. will reeve has all the latest. good morning, will. >> reporter: good morning, george. if court proceedings were tennis, this would be a multistroke fifth set rally. back and forth with the stakes as high as they could possibly be. novak djokovic and his lawyers against the australian government. djokovic has won this point, but it's not over. this morning, a chaotic scene in melbourne, australia. police struggling to hold back a crowd surrounding what they believe to be the car of novak djokovic leaving his lawyer's office. the melee coming after a federal judge upheld his appeal to stay in the country to defend his title in next week's australian open. after the federal government revoked his travel visa over
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vaccine requirements. the judge ordering his passport and belongings returned immediately, but attorneys for the australian government said the minister of immigration was considering recanceling the tennis star's visa, threatening to restart proceedings. an attempt would result in a three-year ban from entering australia. it's been a week of winding drama for the world's number one player down under as he stands on the precipice of winning a record 21st grand slam title. the saga began early last week when djokovic revealed he had received an exemption permission to play in the australian open. that set off a political firestorm in australia which has some of the strictest covid related entry requirements in 'sovic was detained for hours in the airport by australian border forces who deemed his exemption insufficient to enter the country. his visa ultimately canceled, he
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appealed the rules and was detained at the quarantine facility until his appeal could be reviewed monday. djokovic has been released from that quarantine facility. he immediately went to training for the australian open. his brother held a press conference saying novak is free. i'm very happy that justice exists. guys? >> all right, will. >> thank you again. he described it, the back and forth. >> it's not over just yet. we'll see. we want to turn back now to more on the life of bob saget. a lot of folks celebrating his life. he passed away suddenly at 65 years old. i want to bring in now comedian gilbert gottfried, one of bob saget's closest friends. gilbert, sorry for your loss. a lot of us are feeling the loss as fans. this was a friend of yours, a loved one that you lost. first of all, sorry for your loss. you put up a tweet and it included a picture and you were talking about how close you all were, how much you'll miss him, and that you just talked to him
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a few days ago, but there was a picture attached to that. i want you to describe for me what was going on in that picture that you also posted. you two look like you were the happiest duo. >> i think that would be the -- the hugh hefner roast most likely or -- i don't know. it was -- well, definitely friars club, and some probably meaningless friars award for something, and just a reason to have a party there. >> do you remember what you all talked about a few days ago? >> yeah. it was -- i remember i would talk to bob, and people were surprised. like, there was a movie "the aristocrats," and they were
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surprised he could talk dirty or sick or anything, and people who knew him weren't at all surprised by this, and i remember when we would talk, if it got at all sentimental or sensitive, or sincere, it would quickly turn to something in totally poor taste. >> what was his mood? he had been out there on the road. he talked recently about how much he loved what he did. but what was his mood like the past few days? >> when i spoke to him, he sounded -- he sounded really good, and he was, like, looking forward to performing again, and it's -- the time i spoke to him before the last time, he was down. of course, both of us were over
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the death of norm macdonald, and now it's followed by this. but he sounded in a very good mood, and, you know, crazy, crazy jokes and sarcasm as he always did. >> a lot of people are sharing memories and their thoughts, people that never knew him talking about of course, him as america's dad. but what stood out to you? i'm sure you have thought a lot about you all's history over the years, but what is something that has stood out to you as you have thought about in remembering bob saget? >> just, like, a nice person, a funny person. like, i found out about this yesterday. jeffrey ross called me and said bob saget had died, and i -- i
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remember i was, like, thought it was a sick joke, and i was waiting for the punch line. then it didn't come. it's, like, i still feel right now like i'm waiting for the punch line to happen, that it was all a big joke, afs all a joke. it was all a hoax. yeah, no, i remember bob as being very funny, very you know, he could be a sensitive guy, but like both of us, he would rather be tasteless and outrageous. >> well, a lot of us remember that, tasteless and outrageous, that kind of didn't go with that america's dad "full house" persona, but he was able to do both. gilbert, this was a friend of yours, so we are sorry for your loss as a lot of people do mourn. >> thank you. >> he was a good friend and a loved one. sorry for your loss. we appreciate you sharing memories with us this morning. okay? >> thank you.
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>> and well put, t.j. just imagine how we're feeling, how his family and friends who really knew him well. >> it hurts us this morning. can you imagine? >> that's true. coming up next, hollywood's not so golden night. the globes as we've never seen them before. why award season as we know it could be changing. come on back. where does your almondmilk come from? almond breeze starts here with our almond trees in our blue diamond orchard in california. my parents' job is to look after them. and it's my job to test the product. the best almonds make the best almondmilk. blue diamond almond breeze. napoleon was born and raised to conquer. but he was just kind of over it, you know. watching prime video he realized he should follow his dreams. so he ordered a microphone with prime next day delivery. now the only thing he cared about conquering was his audience.
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seen, or haven't seen in decades. the 79th annual golden globes were handed out in a small private ceremony in beverly hills last night. chris connelly has more from los angeles. good morning, chris. >> reporter: hey, good morning, robin. hey, yeah. what if they had a golden globes and nobody famous came, and you couldn't watch from home? well, that's what happened last night, and not because of covid either. the stars, the sizzle, the scrolling? last night's golden globes, an award show in semi-exile, once it was renowned for red carpet glamor. a few good laughs from the stage. >> "gravity" is nominated for best film. it's the story of how george clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age. >> reporter: but the glittery
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drink-tastic cast taken off the air waves for 2022, put into time-out for a year after long simmering allegations of self-dealing and shocking details about its voters brought to light. >> they have received, you know, perks for being members because that is what the hollywood machine does in order to secure those nominations. >> reporter: last year's hosts tina fey and amy poehler horrified by the revelation that the hollywood press association had zero black voters. >> the hollywood foreign press association is made up of around 90 no-black journalists. >> reporter: scoring across the entertainment industry, making moves to diversify its membership, and its efforts thus far viewed with side eye and skepticism in hollywood. >> they have amended their bylaws that the members are no longer allowed to receive gifts from studios and other networks. we asked the hollywood foreign
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press. they've done everything they were supposed to do. if you speak to studios and publicists, that's not really the case. >> reporter: so before an untelevised, unstreamed gathering of 200 or so, the globe's winners in movie and tv were announced and proclaimed one tweet at a time on social media. while "hack," "succession," and "squid game," were recognized, will smith got best actor for "king richard," and "west side story" won three globes for ariana debose and rachel ziegler. we'll find out who gets the academy award nominations on february 8th in a somewhat more public venue, robin. >> i would imagine so. as always, chris, thank you so much. and coming up next, our "play of the day."
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. remembering bob saget. the comedian found dead in his hotel room in florida overnight right in the middle of his comedy tour. the circumstances of his death unclear. we hear from friends and former co-stars about the "full house" star. omicron shutdown. schools in chicago closed for a fourth day over that standoff between the mayor and teachers as surging cases nationwide are closing classes. alec baldwin insists he's cooperating with the investigation into the accident that killed cinematographer halyna hutchins on the set of his movie "rust." the questions this morning on why he hasn't turned his cell phone over to officials. kate at 40.
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the duchess of cambridge celebrates her milestone birthday with portraits fit for a queen. the anti-diet. with so many people abandoning their new year's resolutions, why trying not to lose weight could be the key to your overall health. dr. ashton here to break it down. ♪ everything is awesome ♪ time for the big game. alabama taking on georgia tonight. the college football national championship on the line. amy is there. ♪ celebrate good times ♪ and we're celebrating america's a-plus teachers. wait until you see the surprise we have for this amazing man who's pushing his students to think beyond the grade. he's "gma's" class act as we say, good morning, america. ♪ ♪ we are live in times square. we are "gma," and it's great to be here with george and t.j. to start another brand-new week together. we are kicking off this monday honoring an incredibly deserving teacher. >> it's our class act. "gma's" class act.
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it's all about celebrating the educators around the country making a difference and our will reeve is in augusta, georgia, with more. good morning to you, will. >> reporter: good morning, t.j. we have such a great morning coming up for you. we're all so excited. these guys around me, they're students of mr. carswell. he is the man. i've gotten to know him this morning. you'll get to know him coming up in just a little bit, by the way, watch your anchor seats, guys. these fol, they put on their own morning show. we'll have more on that coming up. >> this one isn't mine anyway. >> t.j. we're going to get going this morning. beginning with that sad news, bob saget found dead in a hotel room. we have the latest on saget from victor oquendo. >> reporter: good morning, george. bob saget's death comes as a real shock. multiple generations growing up watching him play that iconic role of danny tanner in "full house" and more recently "fuller house," and the tributes ar pouring in.
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he was beloved by fans and his co-stars. he earned the nickname, america's dad, a quick-witted actor, comic, and host with a multitude of talents. bob saget won hearts as danny tanner. >> did you handcuff my daughters together? >> boy, nothing gets by you. >> reporter: a widowed dad raising three daughters in san francisco on "full house." >> and everybody who knows the real d.j. thinks she's pretty terrific. >> thanks, dad. >> reporter: overnight, the comedic legend passing away in a hotel in orlando where he was in the middle of a comedy tour that began in september. >> it's going to be for a male patient. caller is advising it's an obvious death. stating a security office ef found the guest not breathing, no pulse. >> reporter: the circumstances of his death remain unclear, but detectives say they found no signs of foul play or drug use. in his final tweet posted yesterday, saget writing, loved tonight's show. i had no idea i did a two-hour set tonight.
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i'm happily addicted again to this. ahead of the tour, saget reflected on his career in comedy with our jacksonville affiliate wjxx. >> it's not about money. if you are doing stuff to be famous, that's not the answer. you have to do it because you love it with all your heart. >> reporter: his sudden death shocking fans and colleagues. i am broken, i am gutted, wrote his "full house" co-star john stamos, i'm in complete and utter shock. i will never, ever have another friend like him. i love you so much, bobby. and mary-kate and ashley olsen adding that he was the most loving, compassionate, and generous man. the medical examiner here will be conducting the investigation to determine the cause of death. robin? >> all right, victor, thank you. now to covid, and concern around the country of whether schools should be open during the pandemic. in chicago, teachers are refusing to return to work for the fourth day. let's go back to alex perez in chicago with the latest. good morning again, alex. >> reporter: hey, good morning once again, robin. that's right.
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for four school days classes have been cancelled in chicago and at this point there appears to be no resolution in sight. now the chicago teachers union voted to go to remote learning saying teachers do not feel safe because of the surging number of omicron cases. across the country, more than 130,000 people are hospitalized with covid right now, just shy of a pandemic-high. in philadelphia, more than 90 schools will go to remote this week, but two of the largest districts in the country, new york and l.a., are proceeding with in-person learning. many health experts say in-person learning in schools is safe. here in chicago, teachers are proposing a return to classes on the 18th if covid cases are not surging. robin? >> all right. thank you, alex. t.j.? let's turn now to the big game. the game that college football fans have been waiting for between two powerhouses, the alabama crimson tide and georgia bulldogs and for another objective report, let's turn to amy robach who is in
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indianapolis. good morning to you once again, robes. >> reporter: good morning. yes, i'm taking my journalist cap off here now. i'm kidding. obviously i'm a big fan of the georgia bulldogs, but this is a big rivalry, and the last time my georgia bulldogs faced off against the crimson tide at the national championship, it was four years ago, and it was a soul-crushing loss in overtime. tonight odds makers are calling for this one to again be very close with alabama a slight underdog. i don't know if anyone's actually ever called alabama an underdog, but anyway, despite coming in as the reigning champs, beating georgia in the most recent faceoff, that's what the odds makers are saying. one of the big stories is the two quarterbacks who have taken very different paths to come the tonight's game. bryce young has been a superstar, a five-star recruit, he won the heisman trophy in his first season as a starting quarterback. georgia's stetson bennett has had to fight his way to get to this game. he started his career at georgia, but he left and went to a junior college to play before coming eventually back to
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georgia. so a big moment for him, and so many fans here tonight. we are ready. i got the butterflies. let's do this. >> okay, look. you better than anybody can put in context, there are great story lines and you talk about the quarterbacks, but for the georgia fans, you called it soul-crushing in the past, right, some of the losses to alabama. >> yeah. >> but put in context really that only a georgia fan can, just how much is on the line, and what this means to be playing going up against alabama. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, it's been since 1980, t.j. it's a long time coming, and we have been continuing, at least in my recent history, to lose against alabama. they are a powerhouse. they're the dominant winners. they've won the last 6 out of the last 12 championships. there am i at the last national championship when i thought we were winning. and so, you know, tonight we're hoping to turn the tide against
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the crimson tide and to do that, let's get it started. you ready for this, ladies and gents? go, dogs! yeah. >> oh, robes. i'm sure that georgia is going to be happy to see their good luck charm, you, in the stands again tonight. >> hey. i am going to be a good luck charm. >> that's right. >> you can see the game, everybody. the championship is tonight at 8:00 eastern on espn, and we're going to check in with robes one more time in indianapolis in our next half hour, guys. coming up, the life and legacy of bob saget. tributes are pouring in this morning. one of his closest friends is going to join us live. and alec baldwin responding to claims he's not cooperating with the investigation into the "rust" shooting. also, forget dieting. what about the anti-diet? changing your relationship with food. yes, robin, to improve your physical and mental well-being. also this morning, we cannot
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welcome back to "gma," everybody. we are going to get to our coverage story. celebrating bob saget, the "full house" star and comedy legend passing away at the age of 65. we want to bring now in his friend melissa rivers. thank you for spending time with us, and look, we talked about this earlier, the country is mourning in a lot of ways, but this was a friend of yours. so sorry for your loss. first of all. >> thank you. >> what did this man mean to you in your life? >> he was one of the good guys.
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generous of spirit, generous with his time, hilariously funny, and warm. i think that that's sort of the main thing. just warm. >> and what is your, melissa, your favorite memory with him? >> oh, there's so many, you know, bob, especially after my mother passed away, was so kind, and i hate to say generous with his time again, but every time there was a tribute, every time there was an opportunity to talk about her, he did my podcast when no one else was doing it, and it was -- it was one of those people that you just loved. >> we saw that picture you posted of your mom and bob having some fun together. talk about their friendship.
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>> you know, whenever you get two smart, funny, quick people together, it's always great chemistry, and laughing and great energy. she thought bob was hilarious and very much respected how multifaceted his career was, which was very similar to hers. i mean, he acted, he hosted, he produced, he directed, but just like my mom, the happiest place was on tour and on the stage. >> you talk about multifaceted there. what's his legacy? what's his influence on comedy after him? he was able to find this incredible balance between the guy we know on tv from the show being mr. pure, and you watch some of his standup and he was completely the opposite. >> you know, i think that's part of his brilliance is he could -- he was so deft at doing whatever
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was at hand, it also split the difference between the two with "america's funniest home videos," where he could be a little bit edgier, a little bit funnier, and then, you know, but not like he was in his standup, and i think that's going to just show everybody that two things, one, that you can do everything you love, and two, that you can be a great guy doing it. >> and that's one thing you keep going back to. said, one of the good guys. you said it earlier in this interview. you posted it yesterday on instagram, and that's part of his legacy as well. yes, he was dynamic on tour as an actor, but you just can't -- there's value to being one of the good guys, isn't there? >> i think there's tremendous value, you know? we are all in such a tough business that is generally not kind, and can chew people up and spit them out, and when you come across someone who is just
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positive, and warm, and makes you feel good about yourself, it's pretty rare. it's pretty rare in life. >> yeah. it really -- and he was rare. thank you. we know it's very early for you there on the west coast, and you said, you got up for bob saget, and we appreciate you. >> 100%. >> you take care, melissa. all the best to you. >> thank you. you too. now to that new video from alec baldwin insisting he is complying with the investigation into the shooting death of halyna hutchins, the cinematographer from the set of his film "rust," even though he has not turned over his cell phone yet. kaylee hartung is in los angeles with that side of the story. good morning, kaylee. >> reporter: good morning, robin. authorities in new mexico believe that alec baldwin's cell phone could contain key evidence in this investigation, but even with a search warrant, they haven't been able to get ahold of baldwin's cell phone. now facing scrutiny, he's defending himself. this morning, alec baldwin
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shutting down claims he isn't cooperating with the investigation into the shooting that killed cinematographer halyna hutchins on a new mexico film set in october. >> any suggestion that i am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that's a lie. >> reporter: last month, santa fe authorities obtaining a warrant to search and seize the actor's cell phone, in an effort to conduct a forensic download of current and possibly deleted images, videos, text messages, emails, and any private messages from his social media accounts regarding the production of the movie "rust." baldwin who lives in new york, is now explaining why weeks later, he has not yet turned over his phone to officials. >> they've got to go through the state you live in. that is a process that takes time. they have to specify what exactly they want. they can't just go through your find and take, you know, your -- your photos or your love letters to your wife or what have you. i really don't know, but of
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course, we 1,000% are going to comply with all of that. >> reporter: at the center of the investigation, how live ammunition ended up on the "rust" set and loaded into the gun given to baldwin. in this video, he says he's committed to finding the truth to honor hutchins. >> that's what i'm working toward, insisting on, demanding, that the organizations involved in this investigation do everything in their power, everything in their power to find out what really happened. >> reporter: and officials in new mexico say they are actively working with authorities in new york and baldwin's attorneys to try to get this pertinent cell phone data, but i'm told it could still be months before this investigation is wrapped up, and criminal charges could be considered. george. >> thanks very much. we're going to turn now to the 40th birthday for kate the duchess of cambridge, and lama hasan has why some people see
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her as the future of the monarchy can. good morning, lama. >> reporter: and good morning to you, george. we don't know how the duchess of cambridge celebrated turning the big 4-0 behind palace doors, but what we do know that she has turned from a shy, quiet kate to a confident duchess who one day will be queen. reminiscent of days gone by, the future queen catherine dazzling in these photos to mark her 40th birthday. the last 20 years have seen a slow, gradual transformation from kate middleton to duchess to this. >> these images are really striking. they show kate as a confident, modern woman, but they also have echoes of royal portraits from the past, and i think that really kind of sums up what kate has tried to do with her role. she's been really happy, really keen to learn from what's gone on in the past, but she's also really grown in confidence when it comes to bringing herself to the role. >> reporter: while it has been a turbulent time for other royals,
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prince andrew facing a sexual assault lawsuit, and prince harry and meghan leaving royal life altogether, kate has carried on steady in her role. >> william and kate enjoy a lot of popularity with the public. they won't become king and queen for a long time of course. charles will be king first, but while charles and camilla do a lot of really important work, they don't quite generate the same level of interest every time they step out and do something that william and kate even still ten years after their marriage continue to do. >> reporter: fashion icon, mother of three, sportswoman, photographer, supporter of her husband, focusing on the causes that matter to her. early childhood, mental health, and addiction. working tirelessly toward her biggest role yet, queen. and yes, even playing piano this well along the way. ♪ from perfecting those piano skills to striking a pose for those three new stunning images
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and you might have noticed that she's wearing some jewelry in those portraits, they once belonged to diana and the queen. a nice subtle nod to them both. george? >> thank you, and let's go to ginger. in the northeast.morrow morning- that air is producing lake-effect snow in new york, and we've added a lake-effect snow warning and you've got oswego, up to 2 feet, and then that cold, i warned you about, wind chill alerts all way from montana to maine, and a lot of folks by tomorrow morning will not just be subfreezing. we're talking about subzero windchills and new york putting out a special advisory, that could feel as low as five below. yes boston 12 below.
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all right. how's that new year's resolution going. we're going to turn now to the resolution revolution. a lot of people looking to re-think their eating habits and some are turning to a new diet, but it's the anti-diet. it's a new movement that rejects dieting as we know it, and says there are better ways to get healthy. dr. ashton joins us now with more on this. my friend, the anti-diet? what are we talking about here? >> don't you just love the name, t.j.? that's a big part of its appeal, but it's really about the dos and don'ts and more actually about the don'ts. what this approach is not about, is measuring, weighing, calculating, looking at the time
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of day, rigid rules, restriction, deprivation. all of that is out in 2022. the idea is that we have all been suffering with so many things. why add one more thing to the mix, but what it is about is a philosophy. it's about the approach to eating and smart commonsense things that by this time we all know we should be doing, more fresh foods, less processed foods, watching that added sugar. just kind of the no-brainer of dietary approaches. >> we call this an anti-diet, but "the new york times" called it a food audit. what is that about? >> i like that label or description if you will, but think about the way you would assess your car or your finances or your house by looking at the roof. it's really about taking stock and evaluating what your nutritional habits are. are they were you want them to be? is your weight where you want it to be? and making that subtle paradigm shift rather than anything rigid
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and, you know, restrictive. >> i always give you a hard time about the hats that you wear. you always carry this nutritionist hat with you. yes, you do have a degree in nutrition. so what is it that you recommend for people generally who want -- again, generally, for people who want to get healthier? >> i think you used the perfect term. generally. any diet with work short-term, and if you want it to work long-term, it needs three things, and i call them the three "ss." the diet needs to be safe. it needs to be simple, and it needs to be sustainable, because if i doesn't work for your lifestyle, your family, your habits, it's just not going to be something you're going to be able to stick with. >> i should have that tattooed on me by now. i hear you talk about that all the time, dr. ashton. we thank you as always. the new diet is the anti-diet. thank you so much, dr. ashton. i will see you here shortly. stay with us here on "gma." coming up, we have a big surprise for a very special teacher. it's "gma's" class act coming up. up.
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♪ and this morning, we're kicking off our new series, "gma's" class act celebratin despite the pandemictoel their students thrive as we head back to school.eeve is with an a-plus teacher in augusta, georgia. hey there again, will. >> reporter: hey, robin, good morning. top marks for donny carswell. he is a teacher here at glenn hills high school in augusta, and he is also a navy veteran, and you're going to want to watch your anchor seats back there because he also runs a morning show here at glenn hills high school. it's the glenn hills high morning show, and these are some of the talent right here, and mr. carswell, we have a little
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bit of a surprise for you. you think that right now you're all on tv as part of a broader celebration of teachers and while teachers are and will be celebrated, right now it's all about you and the difference that you make. take a look. >> reporter: for donny carswell forging an authentic connection with his students is the best part of the job. >> at first, i was trying to copy teachers of old, and i was saying all the cliche sayings, but it wasn't really me. now i'm originally and authentically me. when i come in, they connect with that. >> reporter: then the pandemic hit, but mr. carswell's students say -- >> he never lost hope. he always kept the vibe up. so he just kept us uplifted and focuse >> reporter: and when they returned in person, he saw an opportunity to teach them something new. >> welcome to glenn hills high school. >> reporter:tudents pruce a daily morning show.
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we here at "gma" know a thing or two about that. >> this is your host and i'm here bringing you sports news. >> we're talking about covid vaccines. >> today, we will have a high of 59 degrees and a low of 48 degrees. >> reporter: many students are considering careers in media. >> no one would have thought something great would have come out of that. every time i'm here and i'm seeing what these kids do, and what they're capable of. that right there, brings me joy. >> reporter: the students say the joy comes from him. >> mr. carswell, you have been an inspiration to me. >> you really have been a big impact on me, and sooner or later, you realize that you have been a big impact on your community as well. thank you. >> reporter: so what does this all mean to you to know how appreciated you are? >> that's what it's all about. i mean, being able to make a difference, and give them an opportunity is what i really wanted to do, and just seeing
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that they're taking this chance to do something more and do something different is making my feel warm inside. i really appreciate all the love they're showing and everything because they're the hard workers. >> they're hard workers and they're hard at work here, and we're going to move over here to john david. folks back at the desk, i said you got to watch the anchor desk. john david is coming for that throne. robin and george, he has a couple of questions for you. this is your moment, my friend. ask away. >> hey, robin, how you doing? >> i'm good, john david. how are you? >> i'm good. i'm john david from glenn hills high school, and my question to you is what is your biggest story? >> my biggest story. first of all, great question, and it's one that i'm often asked, and i try and approach every story as a big story whether people know the person i'm going to talk to or not, but people view my biggest story, 2012 going to the white house and talking to then-president barack obama who changed his
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stance on marriage equality. that impacted a lot of lives what he said, so i would have to say that's my biggest story, john david. thank you for asking. >> yes, of course. >> and now for george. >> and hey, george. how are you doing? >> hi, john david. >> as you heard when i was talking to robin, i'm john david from glenn hills high school, and i'm a senior, and i heard you are into politics, and when did you become -- what made you become an anchor? >> i have to say first of all, you learn something about broadcasting. you got your name out there a few times. very smart. yeah. i have always been interested in broadcast journalism even before i got into politics. back in college, i was a sportscaster and did play by play for soccer, when i
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was doing politics i often worked with broadcasters. i worked on capitol hill and the white house. so when i left the white house, i wanted to stay involved in that, and i had the chance to come the abc and they let me kind of learn on the job and really learn how to become a broadcaster and i'm very grateful for that, and it's been a really fun ride. >> that's awesome. >> all right, george, you're doing great.that learning on the job, it's -- [ laughter ] you're getting there, man. you're getting there, george. will, we still have more for the good teacher there. you take it away. >> we do. yes, we do, t.j. thank you. i'm will reeve. i learned that from john david. we're going to go back over here to mr. carswell. we've got a surprise for you. you mentioned that you wanted something for your history class that you teach that would make things more interactive. game show buzzers. >> yes, because that's my niche. i'm about entertainment. >> okay. >> once i found my niche, i found, like, okay, what can i do to make this even more interesting?
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so the game show buzzers was a way that i can incorporate their favorite show, "wide n out." with game show buzzers. >> way to make it relatable to your students. we are getting you those buzzers thanks to donors choose. you are all set there, so that gift has been made to you. pretty exciting stuff. >> wow. >> you will be doing game show stuff, but wait, there's more. the best phrase in morning television. so donors choose is giving you a $10,000 gift to help fund your future classroom projects. you're creating all these projects. you can redeem those $10,000 in credit. you can apply it for materials and resources to keep making your dreams and your students' dreams a reality, and while this you can't cash in, it does represent what's coming your way. $10,000 for you to keep these dreams alive. mr. carswell, congratulations. >> thank you. thank you. [ applause ] thank you. >> all right, there we go. we've got a teacher inspiring
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kids, kids inspired by you folks back at the desk, and enjoy your jobs while you still have them, guys. >> thank you, will reeve, and thank john david for us as well, and mr. carswell as well. donors choose, they are terrific. make an impact in so many ways. we're going to be right back. in so many ways. we're going to be right we're going to be right back. ♪ thousands of women with metastatic breast cancer are living in the moment and taking ibrance. ibrance with an aromatase inhibitor is for postmenopausal women or for men with hr+, her2- metastatic breast cancer as the first hormonal based therapy. ibrance plus letrozole significantly delayed disease progression versus letrozole. ibrance may cause low white blood cell counts that may lead to serious infections. ibrance may cause severe inflammation of the lungs. both of these can lead to death. tell your doctor if you have new or worsening chest pain, cough, or trouble breathing. before taking ibrance, tell your doctor if you have fever, chills, or other signs of infection,
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ginger zee has written a new memoir, "a little closer to home: how i found the calm after the storm."
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it's a follow-up to her debut, "new york times'" best-seller "natural disaster," and she's exploring ways to overcome trauma, and find lasting hope. she sat down with amy to talk about it. hey, amy. >> reporter: hey, george. that's right. this is such an inspirational and brave memoir. it's all about healing and how we can all get beyond trauma. ginger talks about drawing on the love and support of those around to you get to that other side as she did with her husband, ben, to find self-love. >> i just saw something i have never seen in real life. i saw an entire home taken off of its foundation and rolled down the street. >> reporter: from reporting roaring hurricanes to the top of wind turbines. >> good morning to you, robin. i think it's don't look down, was what i was told. ♪ >> reporter: even appearing on "dancing with the stars." >> you are a fantastic dancer. >> you are a beautiful ballroom dancer. >> thank you. >> reporter: abc news chief meteorologist ginger zee has
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done it all. on the heels of her 2017 "new york times" best-seller, "natural disaster," ginger has done it again with her newest autobiography, "a little closer to home." >> okay, ginger. i love when you open up the cover of your new book, "a little closer to home," you see ginger zee never planned to write a book, let alone two. >> how did this happen? >> do you just have two books in you? do you have more? why the second book? >> the second book came because after the first, i was flabbergasted at the response that i got. still to this day, i have them in my direct messages or emails, messages that say, you saved my life. when you hear that from someone, i think it's now my responsibility to keep bringing people information because i have had the privilege, the financial ability, the support, and i survived. suicide attempts, mental health, the healing that it's taken, and i've learned so much, and now it's my turn to give that to other people and keep giving it as much as i possibly can.
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>> you dedicate it to your husband ben, and you say, to ben, my love, all the healing and hard work have been on me, you gave me love, support, and a home i know i deserve. can you talk a little bit about what ben has meant to you along this journey? >> when someone knows you inside and out, and knows all of your secrets and all of your shame, which is what so much of the book is about, he showed me what that could look like to love yourself, and that was the image or the symbol or something that i needed, a guiding light through all of it and i think a very safe space so when i know that i'm going to have a gray day as i like to call them, it's okay. >> reporter: those gray days, sparked by trauma of ginger's past, trauma she says she was inspired to share after watching the testimony of christine blasey ford. >> i am here today not because i want to be. i am terrified. >> we all have trauma. every single one of us have lived through, and you can't compare what my trauma to your trauma, is different, and i've learned a lot about how not to
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do that. my trauma was important because it sets the tone of what trauma might look like, what it might feel like. what we do have in common even though our traumas are different, and that's what this book is about. not only how the uncover, and i describe it like a wound that i was very good at just kind of kicking some dirt in, pretending it never happened, and running down the road as fast as i could, and this book is the release, the opening up of the scab of the wound and saying, i'm ready to clean it out finally. i want everybody to be able to do that without shame because we all have things. every single one of us. >> what do you hope the main takeaway is from this book? we ask that a lot of times of authors, but, you know, you have a real intention behind this book. who is this for, and what do you want them to walk away with? >> it's for everyone. i think it's for the person who has not been able to find self-love, and i think it's for the person who thinks they have to hold their secret.
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i don't think everybody has to go write their deepest darkest secrets and share them with the world. they probably shouldn't. that's not something we have to do, but i hope this book tells people, talk. talk to somebody. >> reporter: it is a simple and powerful message, but it is not always easy to do, and ginger certainly shows us how to do it, and we are very happy she has decided to share this with us, and the world. it was an honor to have that interview with ginger, guys. >> we certainly are, and amy, thank you. ginger, let me follow up on that. you do share so much in your books. what's your message for so many who are struggling through this pandemic? >> right. the pandemic was a trigger of change and uncertainty for so many people, including myself, and so i have to constantly remember, that everything, feelings, moments, this moment, when it is difficult or when it is really amazing, they're all temporary. i always like to make a parallel
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to the atmosphere because that is something that i love and i identify with, but storms don't last forever. they can't, and they won't. it's not how the atmosphere works and it's not how life works. i hope that people can take that with them. >> hey, ging, i've read every word. cover to cover, and i'm so proud of you. you did not hold back. >> thank you. >> there are so many people you're going to help by sharing your story. >> oh, thank you. thank you, robin. it is so good to be here, and so good to be able to do this. so i'm full of joy this morning. thank you, guys. >> congratulations. thank you for sharing. "a little closer to home" is out tomorrow. the preorder is open right now. and now let's get back to ginger. >> yes. and i have to share with you some freezing rain. some pictures from this weekend, and we can ice skate perhaps on our driveways as they did in champagne, illinois. this was not just in illinois, but in state college, pennsylvania, they were breaking out not glass, but ice from that freezing rain over the weekend, and then just you had so many
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beautiful pictures. cold can be beautiful. see? it's also temporary. that's what i'm going to be remembering tomorrow morning when i'm standing out here and it's subzero. we want to continue now in celebrating an extraordinary life well lived. we are talking about sidney poitier who passed away late last week at the age of 94. >> reporter: sidney poitier, the ultimate actor's actor. >> they call me mr. tibbs. >> reporter: and a groundbreaking civil rights icon. >> it has been said sidney poitier does not make movies. he makes milestones. >> reporter: president obama who awarded mr. poitier the medal of freedom in 2009 wrote, sidney poitier epitomized dignity and
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grace, bringing us closer together. will smith thanked him for making it possible for there to be a will smith. he told robin of his impact on none other than nelson mandela. >> he found in the heat of the night that a black man in america in a movie had slapped a white man. you found how hollywood was pushing forward that it was going to be okay. >> reporter: that famous slap scene, almost didn't make the movie as mr. poitier told robin in 2008. >> i said, i tell you what. i'll make this movie for you if you give me your absolute guarantee that when he slaps me, i slap him right back, and you guarantee me that it'll play in every version of this movie, and they thought about it and they said, yes. we'll guarantee that. >> reporter: mr. poitier leaves
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behind a legacy built on excellence and class. >> we hope for a little luck. we hope for a better tomorrow. we hope to somehow get out of this world alive, and if we can't and don't, then it is enough to rejoice in our short time here and to remember how much we loved the view. >> and forever linked, of course, sidney poitier and denzel washington. denzel was the next black man to win best actor after poitier and he wrote, he was a gentleman that opened doors that had been closed for years. in 2002, when denzel won, they gave an honorary. waited all these years, and they give one to him on the same night. >> he said he had been chasing
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it. >> halle berry won an oscar that same night. sidney poitier, what an a actor. coming up here on "gma," we're going to check back in in indianapolis with our dear amy robach. she has a quiz for us, a national there's this feeling we chase... like someone upped the brightness on the entire world. like your body is super-charged, but your mind is super calm. it feels like 20/20 vision for your whole being. and we'll chase this feeling, until we can feel it...
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♪ welcome back to "gma." we're back now with more on the college football national championship. the crimson tide going up against the bulldogs. amy robach is where the game is tonight, and this georgia team, georgia fan, there's a lot of motivation going into this. >> yes. it's called redemption. it's called revenge, and this impartial reporter says that tonight her georgia bulldogs are ready for the fight, and we actually want to have some fun with this, guys. we want to do a head-to-head trivia game with you all. are you ready to go? >> bring it. bring it. got it. >> robin's stretching. >> i love it. i love the enthusiasm. all right. first question, alabama and
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georgia have played each other 71 times over the years. which team has won the most games? >> oh, come on. don't make us say it. alabama. don't make us -- >> got to be. >> it's actually -- it's pretty rough. the rivalry dates back to 1895. alabama is way ahead. 42-25-4. redemption, revenge. you can see what the theme is here. >> she's setting up the comeback. >> exactly. what college football mascot has been called the best ever by "sports illustrated"? >> uga. uga. uga. the bulldog. >> absolutely. uga. if. >> really? >> light there. right behind me. all right. >> i did not know that. >> yep. alabama's current mascot is big al, the elephant. its original mascot had something in common with uga. what was it? it was white, a fan brought it to the game, or it was an actual animal? >> it was an actual animal. >> you are correct, t.j. >> what was it?
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>> we have a picture right there. that's the homecoming game in 1947. and finally, our prop bet, which team will score first in the national championship? and remember, you got to come meet me in the studio. >> why not? >> georgia, you'll score first. >> i never pander to amy. i'm going alabama. >> of course, you are. i'm going that georgia will also score last. it's the international -- national championship game, guys. >> stay with "gma." we're going to be right back, folks. >> of course. >> stay with "gma." we're going to be right back, folks. folks. >> o - [announcer] the more we learn about covid-19 the more questions and worries we have. calhope can help with free covid-19 emotional support. calhope can help with free covid-19 emotional support. call 833-317-4673 or live chat at calhope.org today.
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call 833-317-4673 or live chat at calhope.org today. oh, there she is. hope you have a great time tonight with your dogs, amy. >> the championship is tonight. starts at 8:00 p.m. eastern on espn. >> thanks for watching, everybody. we'll see you. 'll see you.
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