Good Morning America: Michael Strahan leaving Michael & Kelly to join ABC morning show
Kelly Ripa will need to find a new host on the daytime talk show
Time to start looking for another co-host, Kelly Ripa.
Michael Strahan — who has co-hosted Live! With Kelly and Michael since 2012 — will join Good Morning America full time. Two years after replacing Regis Philbin on the syndicated show, Strahan began pulling double-duty by appearing twice a week on ABC’s morning news program.
“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,” said ABC News president James Goldston in a statement. “He is a great modern thinker and leader, and with our brilliant team in front of and behind the cameras, he will help us drive forward into a very exciting future.”
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Strahan will become a co-anchor on GMA in September.
GMA shared the news via Twitter Monday, writing, “We’re excited to announce @MichaelStrahan is joining the @GMA team full-time!”
And anchor George Stephanopoulos praised him, tweeting, “.@michaelstrahan is the ultimate team player. Couldn’t be happier to have him with us every morning on @gma.”
In 2015 Ripa and Strahan won an Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts. The show was recently renewed through 2020.
Goldston sent this memo out to the ABC News staff on Tuesday morning:
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