Out anchor Sam Champion says he had a falling out with his father over his sexual orientation.

Champion, who first publicly discussed his sexual orientation in announcing his engagement to his now husband, photographer Rubem Robierb, late last year resigned from his post as weather anchor of ABC's Good Morning America to head America's Morning Headquarters with Sam Champion, a three-hour weekday morning show on cabler the Weather Channel.

In an OWN TV Oprah: Where Are They Now? interview, Champion said his father, James Champion, initially rejected him after he came out gay.

“I had been openly gay since I was at Channel 7,” Champion said. “I just never took it on as a topic. I never sat down and talked to someone about it.”

“My dad was not as supportive [as other family members].”

“I remember him saying to me, 'I cannot support this lazy lifestyle choice,'” he said. “I'm like, 'You're the smartest guy I know. You sound so incredibly dumb right now. You knew I was different from the time I was a kid. I was just different. I would not choose this. I would not. So when you figure it out, you let me know.'”

Before James Champion passed away in 2010, father and son reconciled.

“I remember standing on the back deck of their house in Texas, and he reached out and touched me and he said, 'I'm so proud of the man that you became,'" an emotional Champion said. “That's my favorite minute with my dad.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)