Michael Strahan will exit his cohost spot on “Live! with Kelly and Michael” sooner than expected.
Strahan is leaving his cohosting duties alongside Kelly Ripa to join “Good Morning America” full-time. He was originally going to stay at “Live” until September, but he will now finish his run in May, a show publicist told Business Insider.
“After meeting with the producers of both ‘Live’ and ‘Good Morning America,’ and after speaking with Kelly and Michael, we have decided on a plan that best advantages both shows for the future,” “Live” said in a statement provided to Business Insider. “To that end, Michael’s last day on ‘Live’ will be on Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have a nice send-off for him during the May book, but to also immediately begin the on-air search for a new co-host.”
The statement further said that the plan “allows ‘GMA’ to start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September.”
Kelly Ripa was reportedly upset with the news that Strahan would be leaving and how ABC went about it. She took time off the show and returned Tuesday with words about “respect in the workplace.”