updated 10/08/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/08/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET
Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion basked in the news about his wedding engagement on Monday’s program, and thanked viewers and ABC News colleagues for their congratulations.
“The amazing response from folks all over the country was just incredible for us,” said Champion, whose engagement to his boyfriend, fine-arts photographer Rubem Robierb, was announced on Friday.
“I thank you,” Champion, 51, said on the air. (To The New York Times he said, “We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” after they legally wed in New York State.)
Describing the overwhelming reaction he’s received both in person and through social media, Champion said, “I felt like we lived in a small town. I was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and to me that’s exactly what it felt like. We walked out on the street and everyone was like, ‘Hey, congratulations.’ ”