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 Lara Spencer, 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 (referred to as "Muppet Moments") 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.
- 1984: Joel Siegel reviews The Muppets Take Manhattan. Miss Piggy speaks with David Hartman, dodging questions about her relationship with Kermit.
- 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 7, 1996: Kermit and Piggy promote Muppet Treasure Island and announce Muppets Tonight. Bad Polly and Clueless Morgan make their TV debut.
- 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, promoting The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
- June 28, 2006: Kermit the Frog, for Charlie Gibson's last day
- 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.
- July 31, 2008: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appear on ABC News Now via satellite to promote Studio DC: Almost Live.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 until 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 "Rainbow Connection."
- September 19, 2012: Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Bert, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Murray Monster appear to promote the 43rd season of Sesame Street.
- November 27, 2012: "The Muppets Take Good Morning America". Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, The Swedish Chef, Rizzo, and Pepe appear. They perform "All I Need is Love" with Lo-Co and the Snowths. Kermit and Dolly Parton sing "Islands in the Stream" with a gaggle of chickens.
- May 10, 2013: Rosita, Oscar, Telly and Ismael Crúz Cordova appear to promote Cordova's new role in Season 44.
- September 13, 2013: Elmo, Grover, The Count, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Cookie Monster, Murray Monster, and Big Bird appear to promote the 44th season of Sesame Street. A behind-the-scenes feature on the celebrity Word of the Day segments is shown.
- January 28, 2014: Kermit makes some brief appearances throughout the show, at one point reading a newspaper advertising Muppets Most Wanted. Later, he presents a clip of the Muppets' Toyota Highlander commercial. The "Pop News" portion of the show features a story on Dr. Ruster's role in the Sesame mini-series Monstruos Supersanos.
- March 14, 2014: The Muppets appear in promotion with Muppets Most Wanted. Constantine poses as Kermit, while the real Kermit is locked out. Later, the Swedish Chef cooks with Emeril Lagasse. Other Muppets appearing include Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Walter, Scooter, Pepe, Bobo, Bunsen and Beaker.
- April 10, 2014: Pepe and the Swedish Chef participated in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Disney's "it's a small world" attraction and appeared as part of a montage of singers around the globe singing It's a Small World.
- September 12, 2014: Cookie Monster, Grover, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Snuffy appear for a "Sesame Street Takeover". Additionally, portions of the show take place on the Sesame Street set, including a musical number featuring James Monroe Iglehart with the Sesame cast, and a live performance of "Rock Star" by the band A Great Big World.
- September 21, 2015: A behind-the-scenes feature on ABC's The Muppets with appearances by Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Pepe.
- January 15, 2016: Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Telly, Ernie, and Carol-Lynn Parente appear to discuss Sesame Street's 46th season. A pre-recorded segment on the new season features on-set interviews with Big Bird, Abby, and Elmo.
- February 1, 2016: Kermit appears to promote the mid-season return of ABC's The Muppets.
- February 23, 2016: Lara Spencer goes behind-the-scenes of The Muppets and plays hard-to-get with Pepe.
- December 16, 2016: Cookie Monster appears as a guest-judge for GMA's "Great American Christmas Cookie Search."
- Good Afternoon America (August 22, 2012): Grover made an appearance on a short-lived afternoon edition of GMA. He was first called in as a special correspondent on the then-upcoming documentary I Am Big Bird. Later on, Grover helped promote Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me, encouraging a group of children to brush their teeth to the music video "Brushy Brush."
- "Day of Giving" (November 5, 2012): Grover and Sonia Manzano were among the celebrities who participated in the GMA Telethon as part of ABC's day-long donation for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
In 1992, the Muppets appeared in a series of short comedy sketches that appeared on Tuesdays.
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|The Muppet Games|
A stressed out monster executive (Behemoth) listening to the radio hears a psychologist 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).
|Setting Your VCR|
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's Interview Show|
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 accidentally 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 fictitious show called Good Morning Pangea.
- Tough Pigs "An Interview with Craig Shemin, Part 1: Through the Eyes of a Fan"
- Lewis, Jim. Muppet Central Forum thread "The Brand New Ask Jim Lewis Thread"
- Jim Henson's Red Book - 6/23/1981 - Live satellite TV - Good Morning America
- The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware) TV Listings, February 12, 1987