Michael Strahan is reportedly leaving Live! With Kelly and Michael earlier than originally expected.
“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. 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,” a source said. “This plan also allows GMA to start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September.”
Strahan was originally slated to stay on Live! throughout the summer.
Kelly Ripa, who was “livid” when she first found out that Strahan would be leaving the show, returned to Live! on Tuesday after taking some time for herself.
“I really needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right—and let’s be honest, I know half of you called in sick to be here, so we get each other. In that time, I gained some perspective. I always speak from the heart. I didn’t want to come out here and just, like, say something I might regret,” she said this morning on the show.
She continued, “What transpired, though, over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace. Since we’re being honest, I don’t consider this just a workplace,” she continued. “This is my second home. This is a place that I’ve devoted myself to, not just because of you, our loyal viewers, but because of all of the producers and the crew who work on this show. We have an incredible team. We are incredibly devoted to one another. We are family.”
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