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Michael Strahan will join Good Morning America full time

Kelly Ripa will need to find a new host on the daytime talk show

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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:

Team –

I want to share some exciting news about our GMA family. 

The deeply talented Michael Strahan, who currently joins Robin, George, Lara, Amy and Ginger twice a week, will expand his role to appear full-time in the mornings on GMA starting in September. 

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.   

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. 

Almost exactly four years ago GMA memorably broke Today’s epic 16-year win streak in the mornings.  Since then, the team has battled just as fiercely to deliver great journalism when news breaks, from San Bernardino to Brussels; reported relentlessly from the campaign trail with over 100 interviews with the candidates; and embraced new technology – from VR to our GMA Wake Up Call – to supercharge how we connect with our viewers every minute of the day.   

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.

James