Give New York transplant and soon-to-be HRC honoree Sam Champion a cocktail and a kiki and Atlanta's new gay weather daddy gets Southern. Real Southern.
Mix in his fave lesbian, "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts, and Champion lets his roots show, he allows in an interview with Modern Luxury.
On returning to the South:
My whole family is from western Kentucky and Tennessee, but my dad was a lieutenant colonel, so we moved around a lot to Scotland, New England, etc. so my accent blended out. When I was a kid, my accent was so thick my parents’ friends laugh now that I’m on TV. There were some words that they had to coach out of me when I went into broadcasting. But I still have a Southern accent if you get a martini in me or I’m around other Southerners. When Robin Roberts and I are having a cocktail together, we might as well just be in Mississippi.
A cocktailing Champion is just one more reason to love the new weather honco at Atlanta-based Weather Channel. He's got a condo in Midtown, will schmooze with the gays during the HRC Atlanta gala on May 3 and gives TV shout outs to hunky husband Rubem Robierb.