Michael Strahan will be leaving Live! with Kelly and Michael in September 2016 for a full-time run with Good Morning America.
Strahan, who has become a near-ubiquitous TV presence with his stints as a commentator for Fox Sports’ football coverage, the host of a new kid-award franchise on Nickelodeon, and, in recent years, an energizing force on the Disney-syndicated morning program “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” will join ABC’s “Good Morning America” on a full-time basis starting in September, ABC said Tuesday morning. He will retain his duties as a football analyst for Fox.
“Michael has been a stellar addition to the broadcast. Over the past two years on ‘GMA,’ he’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans to American pop culture icons and newsmakers,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo to staff sent this morning. “He will end a four year run as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ‘Live!,’ where he has honed his skills as an interviewer with genuine warmth and a quick wit. At ‘GMA,’ he’ll now have even more opportunities to tell stories that inspire, inform and empower people.
Live! has a very loyal and dedicated following. When Regis Philbin left the show, fans were devastated, and it took a while to get used to someone else in that seat. After searching for just the right co-host, Michael Strahan and his effortless chemistry with Kelly won over the audience. It goes without saying their fans will be sad to see him leave the show. GMA is gaining a powerful addition to their morning broadcast team with securing Strahan full time.