Michael Strahan, Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael, made a big announcement on Wednesday during their morning show.
“I’m gonna be on ‘GMA’ now,” Strahan said, referring to the network’s other daytime show, Good Morning America. He won’t be leaving Ripa’s side however—he’s only signing on to his new show as a part-time co-host. He has a lot going on, he said, and doesn’t think he can do Good Morning America every day. “I have to be smart about it,” he added.
He reassured viewers that his show with Ripa “is my No. 1 priority—you are my No. 1 priority.” He values the show highly, and would never do anything to “jeopardize the quality” of what he does on Live!
The rumors about Strahan joining the show began yesterday, three days after news anchor Josh Elliott quit Good Morning America. Earlier, it was announced that Elliott was moving on to NBC Sports. According to a report, the part-time gig had been in the works for months, and as such, it had nothing to do with Elliott’s sudden exit from ABC.
Strahan said he had a meeting about the possibility of him being part of Good Morning America. He then went to watch the new Captain America movie with actor Samuel L. Jackson, and when he got out of the screening and checked his messages, he was informed of the good news.
Strahan first joined ABC as Regis Philbin’s co-host in Live! with Regis and Kelly when Ripa was absent for the show in October 2010. Philbin left the show in November the following year, and Strahan became a regular guest on the show, he was later selected to be Ripa’s new co-host. He made his debut as official co-host on the rechristened show in September 2012.
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