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Man Armed With Knife Arrested Outside ‘GMA’ Studio for Threatening to Kill Michael Strahan

michael strahan_304x200The New York Post reports a homeless man armed with a knife was arrested yesterday morning outside of “Good Morning America’s” studio after attacking an ABC employee and threatening to kill “GMA’s” Michael Strahan.

“There was an incident in Times Square, an individual lunged at one of our employees and was heroically tackled by a police officer,” ABC spokeswoman Heather Riley tells TVNewser.

“We understand the man was taken in for psychiatric evaluation. It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD the situation was quickly under control. Michael was never in any danger.”

We’re hearing the incident happened quickly, and Strahan, who was on “GMA” yesterday, wasn’t made aware of the situation until later in the day.

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Michael Strahan Shares the Top 5 Reasons He Joined ‘GMA’

On “Good Morning America” today, Michael Strahan — the show’s newest addition — shared the top five reasons he’s excited to join the ABC morning show.

His reasons included “Wait, ‘GMA’? I thought I was getting Barbara’s seat on ‘The View’” and “Because it’s fun to say Stephanopoulos.” Watch:

ABC Toasts Robin Roberts at a Book Party For ‘Everybody’s Got Something’

A crowd of television personalities and executives gathered at George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth‘s apartment last night to celebrate “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, whose memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” was released today.

The memoir is Roberts’ firsthand account of her MDS diagnosis and treatment. Roberts told TVNewser she began to write the book after her return to “GMA,” using entries from the journal she kept during her recovery. When we asked if the writing process was cathartic, Roberts said the real satisfaction came when she re-read the story and realized “how strong and healthy I am.”

On hand to celebrate the book’s launch from ABC: Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood, ABC News president James Goldston, vice president of business development Susan Mercandetti, senior vice president for talent Barbara Fedida, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, David Muir, Dan Abrams, Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Michael Strahan, Charlie Gibson and Deborah Roberts. CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King were also in attendance.

Roberts tweeted a selfie with Spencer and Zee: “These three are gonna be a wee bit tired in the morning,” she wrote. Read more

The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

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Michael Strahan Joins ‘Good Morning America’

Michael Strahan is joining “Good Morning America” as a contributor. Just like in his NFL days, Strahan emerged from a GMA tunnel, giving high fives from fans, ending at the anchor desk, where Robin Roberts announced Strahan would join the show “a couple days a week.” He’ll mostly appear in the 7am hour, so he can get back uptown to his other day job, co-hosting “Live” which airs at 9am. Just so he wouldn’t miss a hit, George Stephanopoulos gave Strahan an alarm clock. “It’s a pleasure to get up early, because you guys have been so good to us, and Kelly and I appreciate it. It’s family,” Strahan said.

Strahan’s role wasn’t defined beyond that he’ll be weighing in on certain stories. “I watch every mooring and I sit there going, ‘that’s a good point.’ Now instead of talking to the TV, I can talk with you.” The addition of Strahan comes a few days after the show added ESPN host Tony Reali to the show’s “Social Square.” WATCH:


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Robin Roberts Talks ‘GMA’s’ Comings and Goings

GMA“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts reacted to her show’s busy week, talking to “Entertainment Tonight” last night at a SeriousFun Children’s Network event about Josh Elliott‘s departure and Michael Strahan‘s arrival.

“I had serious fun with Josh Elliott,” Roberts said, praising him as multi-talented and multi-faceted. “But we all know at heart he was a sports guy,” adding viewers could sense Elliott’s love of sports. “Anybody that watched the program would see how he would just light up,” she continued about Elliott’s love for talking sports on “GMA.”

Roberts is also looking forward to welcoming another sports lover to “GMA”: ‘Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host, and former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who will start contributing semi-regularly to the show.

“We fell in love with him,” Roberts said of Strahan, who filled in for her a few times when she was off-air being treated for a rare blood disorder. “I have had the pleasure of filling in for Kelly Ripa, and sitting next to him. He is great.”

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The A.M. Ticker: Peabody, Strahan, De La Cruz

  • WBZ-TV and radio, for coverage of the Boston bombing, “Orange is the New Black,” and “Scandal” are among the Peabody Award winners just announced on “CBS This Morning.” Charlie Rose also won for his Bashar Assad interview.

  • CNN’s Brian Stelter reports Michael Strahan is close to signing on to “Good Morning America,” where he’ll contribute to the show’s first hour while continuing to co-host “LIVE with Kelly & Michael.”

  • Veronica De La Cruz has left MSNBC for San Francisco’s CBS duopoly. Starting in May, De La Cruz will co-anchor the 6pm weekday newscast on KPIX and the 10pm newscast on KBCW. TVSpy has details.

Illinois Man Cleans Up at Star-Studded CNN Heroes

BanfieldLemonRomansA man who has dedicated his life to cleaning up the Mississippi River is the CNN Hero of the Year. Chad Pregracke of East Moline, Illinois received the honor last night at the event which was recorded for a CNN special to air Sunday, Dec. 1.

TVNewser was on the red carpet, which was swarming with both CNN and entertainment stars.

Piers Morgan told us how refreshing it is to cover everyday heroes vs. A-list celebrities: “They’re real people, and real people are always much more heroic than celebrities in my experience.  They’re not surrounded by entourages, money, or glamor…they have to rely on their own big hearts and selflessness.”

Ashleigh Banfield said “Heroes” proves good news works on TV. “We’ve heard forever good news doesn’t sell… it clearly sells. This has done well for years, people love it…and it feels great.”

HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell told us the inspiration Heroes provides is like therapy for her: “We do see the worst in humanity so often…this is more of a reflection of what humanity really is. This restores my faith in humanity.”

We caught up with CNN anchor Don Lemon and asked him what to expect from his new limited run show at 11pm: “It’s going to be amazing. You’re going to want to watch it,” he said, adding “to have any time slot on CNN is a pretty big accomplishment.”

Rachel Nichols talked about the positive response she’s received on the return of sports to CNN via her show “Unguarded.”

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Robin Roberts Celebrates Her ‘First Birthday’

On “Good Morning America” this morning, Robin Roberts celebrated her “first birthday,” the one-year anniversary of her life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Roberts cut into a birthday cake (delivered by “Live!”‘s Michael Strahan), flanked by her “GMA” colleagues Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos. After the show, “GMA” and ABC News staff walked to the upstairs studio for a “Venice”-themes party. Diane Sawyer, ABC News president Ben Sherwood, “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski, senior VPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida and Roberts’ friends all joined in on the fun.

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As promised, Roberts also unveiled her PSA for “Be The Match. You can watch it after the jump.
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Robin Roberts Named to Us Weekly’s Stylish New Yorkers List

Us Weekly has named “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts one of New York’s most stylish people.

“Working on a morning show, we inspire what a lot of women will wear that day. While Diane Sawyer just rolls out of bed looking stylish, I’m no different than any other woman who has no idea what to wear, so thank God for my stylist Diandre Tristan!” Roberts said. “I know the DVF and Chiara Boni dresses in my closet that will always look fabulous on me, but he can pick things out that may look terrible on a hanger but look great on air.”

Also on the 2013 edition of the annual list: Bravo’s Andy Cohen, “Live!” co-host Michael Strahan (who says his favorite clothing item is the jersey he wore when the Giants beat the Patriots in the 2007 Superbowl) and newly-minted “The View” co-host Jenny McCarthy.

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