According to Us Weekly on Tuesday, April 26, a new development is in place for Michael Strahan. Just a week ago, he announced he was leaving “Live with Kelly and Michael” to go to “Good Morning America” in September. After hearing the news, his co-host Kelly Ripa was absent from the show until Tuesday. Kelly gave an emotional explanation about her week-long absence, and the pair continued the show as usual. Hours after the show ended, “Live with Kelly and Michael” confirmed that Michael is leaving the show much earlier than originally planned. People reported that his last day on the show is May 13 instead of in September.
ABC has decided that Strahan is leaving the show several months earlier. In fact, he is leaving in the next few weeks. A statement to Us Weekly reads, “We have decided on a plan that best advantages both shows for the future. 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, but to also immediately begin the on-air search for a new co-host.”
For people who have been following this story, it started last Tuesday, April 19 when Strahan the announcement was made public that Michael Strahan was leaving “Live with Kelly and Michael” after four years as Kelly Ripa’s co-host and two years in a part-time position on “Good Morning America.” Kelly wasn’t told in advance about the decision. She didn’t show up for work on Wednesday. Comedian Ana Gasteyer was called in on the spur of the moment to fill in for Ripa on Wednesday. Sportscaster and “Dancing with the Stars” co-host Erin Andrews joined Strahan for Thursday and Friday’s episodes. “Pretty Little Liars” Shay Mitchell was the guest co-host on Monday because Ripa already had a vacation day scheduled on Monday because she and husband Mark Consuelos were celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.
Kelly returned on Tuesday and explained that she was overwhelmed and had to process the situation. During her first day back, she and Michael hosted the show as usual. At the end of the show, viewers thought things were back to normal.
CNN reported Monday that ABC had apologized to Ripa and Strahan for their handling of the transition. During her monologue on Tuesday, Kelly indicated that top executives at Disney and ABC have personally apologized to her for last week’s bungled announcement. They also assured her that “Live with Kelly and Michael” was not on the back burner in favor of “Good Morning America.”
We will still see Michael Strahan under the Disney and ABC umbrella. However, after May 13, we will see him full time on “Good Morning America” with George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and Ginger Zee.