Michael Strahan Is Leaving 'Live' for 'Good Morning America'
Former football star Michael Strahan is changing jobs once again, though he's still sticking with television hosting: Strahan will leave his gig on "Live! With Kelly and Michael" for a spot as a co-host on "Good Morning America."
ABC made the announcement on Tuesday that Strahan would be making the switch ("Live!," produced by Disney, is also part of the ABC family). While the former New York Giants player has been making regular appearances on "GMA" in recent years, this move will be a permanent one.
"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 sent to ABC staffers. "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."
Along with his work on "Live!" and "GMA," Strahan has also been an NFL analyst for Fox Sports after retiring from the league in 2007. He'll continue in that latter role in addition to his new "GMA" duties.
No new co-host for "Live!"'s Kelly Ripa has been announced yet, though we expect Disney and ABC will conduct a thorough search in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
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