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Liz Smith, today:

ONE OF the nicest and most attractive men in television is having the last laugh. I do mean Sam Champion going big-time from local weather reporting to one of the gang on ABC's "Good Morning America." When Sam was up for this job in the past, executives were nervous about putting him on a national show. He was too good-looking. His clothes were too perfect. People might view him as lightweight. Now they've had to eat their words and ask - very nicely, too - this talented guy to come onboard. Sam's addition to the mix is a big plus for "GMA."

Yeah, it was definitely the looks. TV people hate talent with good looks.