Good Morning America is a breakfast television news and talk show broadcast on the ABC television network; the show has been airing five days a week since November 3, 1975. Show hosts have included Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts and Christopher Cuomo. Longtime anchor Charles Gibson left the program in 2006 to become the lead anchor of ABC World News until retiring in 2009, with Diane Sawyer taking over Gibson's spot. Weekend anchors include Kate Snow. Sam Champion is the show's longtime weather anchor.
The Muppets have appeared on the show many times. They are a particular favorite of Gibson's, and Kermit the Frog appeared on Gibson's final broadcast in 2006 to say goodbye.
In 1992, the Muppets appeared in a series of ten weekly sketches produced for Good Morning America, spoofing current events of the day -- the presidential election, the Winter Olympics and tax day. These sketches were written by Jim Lewis and Craig Shemin, under the supervision of Jerry Juhl. See below for details and video clips.
- Summer, 1976 : Kermit the Frog
- June 23, 1981
- February, 1988 : Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
- August, 1989 : Jim Henson and Michael Eisner, to discuss the prospective Henson/Disney deal. Henson wore a Mickey tie; Eisner wore a Kermit tie.
- May 1991 : A behind the scenes feature about Muppet*Vision 3D. Joel Siegel interviews Frank Oz, Michael K. Frith, Rizzo the Rat and Miss Piggy.
- February 18 - April 21, 1992 : Series of weekly Muppet sketches; see below
- December 11, 1992 : Brian Henson promotes The Muppet Christmas Carol
- February 7, 1996 : Kermit and Piggy promote Muppet Treasure Island and announce Muppets Tonight. Bad Polly and Clueless Morgan make their TV debut.
- December 23, 1997 : Santa Kermit and his frog elves stop by to sing Jingle Bells.
- May 1, 1998 : Kermit the Frog appeared to say farewell to Gibson when he left the first time to give the spot to Kevin Newman.
- December 15, 2004 : "Muppet Day at GMA!" with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Statler and Waldorf, and Penguins
- May 19, 2005 : Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Ashanti to promote The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
- February 2, 2006 : Kermit the Frog, to promote his upcoming commercial for the Ford Escape Hybrid
- June 28, 2006 : Kermit the Frog, for Charlie Gibson's last day
- December 7, 2006 : Kermit the Frog, to promote Before You Leap and A Green and Red Christmas
- June 19, 2007 : Elmo promotes the book C is for Cooking
- May 4, 2008 : Rosita appears to promote Talk, Listen, Connect, with Jeanette Betancourt (Sesame Workshop Vice President for Education, Research and Outreach), and a military family. (ABC.com video)
- July 31, 2008 : Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appear on ABC News Now via satellite to promote Studio DC: Almost Live. (ABC.com video)
- November 17, 2008 : Pepe the King Prawn appears on Good Morning America's ABC News Now to promote It's Hard Out Here for a Shrimp. (ABC.com video)
- October 5, 2009: Kermit the Frog appears to promote Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.
- November 9, 2009: Oscar, Zoe, Grover, Abby Cadabby, Roscoe Orman, Joan Ganz Cooney, Fran Brill, Caroll Spinney appear to promote Sesame Street’s 40th Anniversary. (ABC.com video)
- September 24, 2010: Elmo, Super Grover 2.0, and Carol-Lynn Parente appear to promote Sesame Street’s 41st season and discuss the show's controversial Katy Perry video. During the segment, George Stephanopoulos repeatedly asks Elmo for his autograph, to give to his daughter; Elmo tried to defer it to after the segment, given Elmo's rod arms.
- November 26, 2010: Elmo and Mariana Chilton of Witnesses to Hunger share healthy eating tips in segment "Elmo's Healthy Message". Pre-taped with Dan Harris. (ABC.com video)
- May 20, 2011: Elmo appears to promote Sesame Street's latest resource video For Me, For You, For Later and explains how saving money helps kids and their parents learn how to manage the saving of the value of money.
- September 20, 2011: Elmo, Grover, Rosita, Cookie Monster, Oscar, Slimey, and Carol-Lynn Parente appear to promote Sesame Street's 42nd season.
- November 17, 2011: The Muppets: Kermit, Miss Piggy, The Swedish Chef, Gonzo, Rizzo, Animal, Fozzie, Camilla, a Turkey, Pepe, Mahna Mahna, and the Snowths, make appearances. A GMA version of The Muppet Show Theme is sung and "Mahna Mahna" is performed. The Muppets, its soundtrack, and the Never-Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomahna are promoted.
- January 5, 2012: Elmo and Cookie Monster appear to promote B Is for Baking: 50 Yummy Dishes to Make Together and explain how to make "Elmo's Red Velvet Cupcakes".
- March 13, 2012: Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Walter make appearances to promote The Muppets video release. Kermit is featured early on wearing his reporter outfit. Later, the three of them lead a sing-along of "The Rainbow Connection."
- September 19, 2012: Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Bert, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Murray Monster appeared to promote the 43rd season of Sesame Street.
Good Afternoon America
An afternoon edition of the show titled Good Afternoon America aired from July 9 to September 7, 2012.
- August 22: Grover makes an appearance; he is first called in as a special correspondent on the upcoming documentary I Am Big Bird. Later on, Grover helps promote Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me, encouraging a group of children to brush their teeth to the music video "Brushy Brush."
In 1992, the Muppets appeared in a series of short comedy sketches that appeared on Tuesdays.
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A report by Lewis Kazagger on the Geek Winter Games (a much cheaper alternative to the Winter Olympics), where founding geek Gonzo demonstrates demolition speed skating.
A stressed out monster executive (Behemoth) listening to the radio hears a pyschologist suggest that everyone should release their "inner child." Much to the monster's dismay, a child monster (Boo) literally keeps popping out from inside him.
Gonzo and Rizzo (two candidates from the 1992 election) try to persuade Muppets to vote for them (leading to a messy tug of war with a whatnot).
Two Whatnots demonstrate how to change the blinking 12:00 clock on your VCR (leading to one of the Whatnots going insane and blowing up the VCR.)
Miss Piggy reviews a book written by a levitating author.
Two news reporters interview campaign front runner Gonzo the Great, but when Gonzo develops a sore elbow, the reporters start hounding him with a series of increasingly tabloid-style questions.
A IRS auditor questions Fozzie Bear about outrageous deductions for items such as a rubber chicken, banana peels and custard pies. When Fozzie asks what the IRS wants from him, the auditor responds with a new rendition of "Money."
In honor of Earth Day, Kermit the Frog presents a live report from Planet Koozebane on their holiday rituals. The two Koozebanians in this sketch were originally used as Brool the Minstrel and Aretha on Fraggle Rock.
- In episode 103 of The Jim Henson Hour, Fozzie Bear accidently locks Willard Scott in a closet and runs onto the set of The Today Show for help. When Fozzie finds out that he's on camera, he says "Good morning, America!", to which Jane Pauley responds "You watch your language!"
- Many episodes of Dinosaurs feature a fictitous show called Good Morning Pangea.