“LIVE! With Kelly and Michael” host Michael Strahan is formally leaving that syndicated daytime talk show to appear full time on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where he has been a twice-weekly guest host since 2014.
“It is an exciting opportunity to be able to bring unique stories and voices to the audience,” Strahan, 44, said in a statement Tuesday. He called his time on the show he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa “transformative, and my departure will be bittersweet. Kelly has been an unbelievable partner, and I am so thankful to her and the entire team. I am extremely grateful for the amazing support I’ve received from all of the fans.”
He joined “LIVE!” in 2012 after a 10-month search for a replacement for departing longtime host Regis Philbin. The show, which recently was renewed through 2020, will begin seeking a new co-host when the fall season begins.StoryRipa a no-show on ‘LIVE!’ after Strahan reveals exitCritic's rankingTV's 75 most memorable castsPHOTOSMichael Strahan
ABC News president James Goldston said in a statement: “Over the past two years on ‘GMA,’ Michael’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans and all kinds of newsmakers to a host of modern American cultural icons.”
The NFL Hall of Famer, who spent his entire 15-year career as a defensive end with the New York Giants and retired after the 2007 season, also is scheduled to host ABC’s game-show revival of “$100,000 Pyramid,” which is set to return this summer.
Strahan, who began his TV career as a Fox Sports analyst, also will remain a co-host of “NFL on Fox.”
Neither Strahan nor Ripa has commented on social media.