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Joan Lunden Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis on ‘GMA’

LundenFormer “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden revealed she has breast cancer this morning.

“I heard those words that every woman fears, and never wants to hear…’you have breast cancer,’” Lunden told Robin Roberts on this morning’s “GMA.” “In the beginning, it’s such a shock, it’s a stunner, and you think, ‘I do everything right, I get checked, and I’m healthy’…you almost feel like, ‘what did I do wrong?’”

Lunden explained that the cancer wasn’t found in her routine mammogram—it was a follow-up ultrasound that spotted it. She credits her husband and children for being her support system: “Like a lot of you who watched this show and have for years, you saw Jamie, Lindsay, and Sarah grow up. They’ve been with me at every appointment.” Her support system also extends to social media; there’s a hastag #TeamJoan, which Roberts used at earlier. “You are a messenger, and that’s what’s so important. I am right here with you, and so is all of your extended family [at "GMA"],” Roberts, who survived breast cancer in the 2000s, said.

Lunden says her cancer was caught early, but is the aggressive kind. She’s already started chemotherapy.

“I’ve shared my entire life journey with the people on the other side of that camera, so it only stood to reason I would share this,” Lunden said. “That’s when I called you.”

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Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Jack Hanna Celebrates 30th Anniversary of First ‘GMA’ Appearance

Jack Hanna stopped by “Good Morning America” this morning (with a pair of baby cheetahs in tow) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first appearance on ABC (pictures of Hanna’s appearances with Charlie Gibson, Joan Lunden and Diane Sawyer are below).

“You made animals on television in a way that people can understand them, and want to help them and protect them,” Sam Champion told Hanna.

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‘Good Morning America’ Poised to Win First Season in 19 Years

GMAThe last time “Good Morning America” won a full TV season, “Fraiser” and “Picket Fences” were the top TV programs, Andre Agassi was the U.S. Open champion, and just-married Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley shared a kiss at the MTV Awards.

That was Sept. 1994. Charlie Gibson, Joan Lunden and Spencer Christian presided over “Good Morning America” from an Anywhere, USA living room set at ABC’s uptown studio.

These days the ABC breakfast show overlooks raucous Times Square, an outer reflection of the show’s inner energy. Gibson, Lunden, and Christian have been replaced by a cast of five: Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer.

They chat and tease each other mercilessly through commercial breaks, so much so that it’s often not clear whether they’re on the air or not. During down moments in between segments, they shuffle through upcoming scripts, respond to tweets and mingle with guests and fans, some of whom are invited in from outside.

The anchors deflect questions about the ratings race by saying something obvious to anyone watching at home, or visiting behind the scenes, as TVNewser did Tuesday morning: we don’t think about that, because we’re just having so much fun. What’s not said is just how much the two go hand-in-hand.

With the final ratings to be released tomorrow, “Good Morning America” is poised to win its first full TV season since 1993-1994 in total viewers and the first since 1992-1993 in the A25-54 demo. And “GMA” continues to enjoy its largest season lead over “Today” in more than 21 years, since before Nielsen’s electronic database started in 1991. Season-to-date, “GMA” leads NBC’s “Today” show by +679,000 total viewers and +86,000 demo viewers. “Today” had a lock on American mornings for more than 16 years.

“We know our competition is strong and bringing it every day,” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski told TVNewser. “We will never stop playing from behind and every day is a new battle. We know we cannot blink and we welcome the daily fight.”

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‘Good Morning America’ Inducted into B&C Hall of Fame

In addition to overtaking “Today” as the #1 morning show, ABC’s “Good Morning America” earned another distinction this year. Monday night, the show was inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame.

Longtime anchors Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden (left) were in attendance representing all anchors of the show. ABC News president Ben Sherwood accepted the award and dedicated it to Robin Roberts, who is still recovering from bone marrow transplant surgery. Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and ABC SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida attended.

In an email to his staff, obtained by TVNewser, Cibrowski writes the award comes, “After 37 glorious years on the air! More than 20,000 hours of broadcasting, a distinguished group of wonderful journalists and hosts, and thousands of us behind the scenes working every day to get on the air with one of America’s top brands.”

Anchors, Celebrities Toast Regis Philbin At His Last ‘Live!’

This morning was Regis Philbin‘s last day co-hosting “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” and ABC went all-out to celebrate the man who holds the record for most hours spent in front of a TV camera. Attendees included Former NBC and CBS News anchor Katie Couric, who recently joined ABC, Couric’s former “Today” colleague Bryant Gumbel, “ABC World news” anchor Diane Sawyer, Disney CEO Bob Iger, former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira, former “Good Morning America” anchor Joan Lunden, current “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts, Philbin’s former “Live!” co-host and current “Today” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, actors Tony Danza and Alan Alda, cable news regular Donald Trump and more.

“I will always remember spending these mornings together,”Philbin said at the close of the program. “I hope to see you all again real soon.”

While Philbin may return to TV at some point, today’s event was treated as something of a retirement party, with New York City Mayor (and Bloomberg TV founder) Mike Bloomberg presenting Philbin with a key to the city, and Iger unveiling a plaque in Philbin’s honor outside of Disney’s New York headquarters on Columbus Avenue.

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Shepard Smith, Martha MacCallum to Lead Fox News Royal Wedding Coverage

Fox News Channel has announced its coverage plans for the April 29 Royal Wedding.

Shepard Smith and Martha MacCallum will lead the channel’s coverage from London, and will anchor live starting at 4 AM ET on the wedding day. They will be joined by Gretchen Carlson and Jonathan Hunt reporting from Westminster Abbey, as well as a number of contributors: former Royal butler Paul Burrell, William and Kate: A Royal Love Story author Christopher Anderson, and former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden.

FNC will run highlights from the wedding during its primetime programming that evening.

Leading up to the wedding, FNC will televise a special “Countdown to the Royal Wedding” on Sunday, April 24 at 9 PM.

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2011 Gracie Award Winners Announced

The Alliance for Women in Media (formerly American Women in Radio and Television) has announced its  2011 Gracie Allen Award winners for “programming created for women, by women, and about women.” Awards will be presented in Los Angeles in May.

Among the national TV news winners, NBC/MSNBC led the pack with four nods.  Here’s a breakdown:

  • At NBC News, Meredith Vieira was named Outstanding Anchor-News, and Anne Thompson, Outstanding Reporter. Awards also went to the “Today” show for Outstanding Breaking News Coverage (Reporting from Haiti) and to MSNBC for Outstanding Hard News Feature (The Assassination of Dr. Tiller).
  • CNN/HLN netted three nods:  CNN for Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature (Sold on Craigslist) and Outstanding Special or Variety (CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute), and HLN for Outstanding Series (Breakthrough Women).
  • CBS News received two Gracies. Katie Couric won Outstanding Host-News/Non-fiction, and “60 Minutes” was cited as Outstanding Interview Program (Interview with Kathryn Bigelow).
  • Also of note: former GMAer Joan Lunden was honored for Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment/Information for her “Taking Care with Joan Lunden” program on Retirement Living TV, and former CBSer Hannah Storm earned a nod for Outstanding Producer-News/Non-fiction for her work on ESPN.

Charlie Gibson Signs Off ABC ‘World News’

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This evening was Charlie Gibson‘s final broadcast on ABC’s “World News.”

Gibson announced he would be retiring from the program and from ABC News in September. Diane Sawyer, who ended her run at “Good Morning America” last Friday, will take over the program starting Monday.

“It’s hard to walk away from what I honestly think is the best job in the world,” Gibson said at the end of the newscast. “There is so much to do in the years I have left, I don’t want to miss any of it. It has been a privilege and an honor to be here, working with reporters, producers and staff for whom I have unbounded respect. This is, for them, as it has been for me, as it was for Frank Reynolds, as it was for Peter Jennings, a labor of love.”

He also stressed how important objectivity is for his business and said,”It is what we strive for each night. It is my hope that is what you have looked for and that is what you have found when you come to abc’s ‘World News.’ You’ll find it with my pal Diane Sawyer, who assumes this chair on Monday.”

“That is ‘World News’ for this Friday,” he said at the close. “I’m Charlie Gibson, and I hope you’ve had a good day. I’ve had so many good days here.”

ABC then ran a montage featuring President Obama, former Presidents W. Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush, and Carter as well as a host of comedians, musicians, actors, athletes, and many fellow journalists, including Joan Lunden, Katie Couric, and Brian Williams, sending their wishes. The broadcast concluded with an emotional scene of Gibson sitting at his desk, surrounded by the applause of the ABC News staff. (Video below, more photos after the jump.)

More: After the broadcast, we hear that around 150 staffers — including ABC News President David Westin — as well as Gibson’s wife and daughters gathered for a champagne toast.

“World News” EP Jon Banner delivered his toast to Gibson, describing what he meant to the show and to the staff personally. “After all you have accomplished professionally — as we re-lived over the past few days — you never forgot where you came from,” Banner said, according to someone in the crowd. “You not only taught us right from wrong in journalism, you taught us right from wrong in life. And for that, we are forever grateful.”

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