Michael Strahan Leaving ‘Live’ To Join ‘GMA’
Michael Strahan will be leaving his co-hosting gig on “Live with Kelly and Michael” to become a full time anchor on “Good Morning America,” ABC announced on Tuesday.
Strahan, who retired from the NFL in 2007 following a 15-year career with the New York Giants, was selected as Kelly Ripa’s new co-host in September 2012. In 2014, Strahan began appearing on “GMA” twice a week, but will be become a permanent fixture, starting in September. The football player-turned-TV personality is expected to exit “Live” sometime this summer.
In a statement to staffers, ABC News president James Goldston said, “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.”
Goldston further expressed that Strahan “honed his skills as an interviewer with genuine warmth and a quick wit” during his time co-hosting “Live,” and will “now have even more opportunities to tell stories that inspire, inform and empower people.” The statement concluded, “I’m delighted to welcome Michael to ‘GMA’ each and every morning. I can’t wait to see what this incredibly talented team will bring our viewers next.”