*Kelly Ripa will have to search for yet another co-host.
ABC announced Tuesday that Michael Strahan is leaving the daily talk show he co-hosts with Ripa to work full-time on “Good Morning America.” A search for his replacement will begin in the fall.
“My departure will be bittersweet,” Strahan said. “Kelly has been an unbelievable partner, and I am so thankful to her and the entire team.”
The retired New York Giants linebacker was selected in 2012 to replace Regis Philbin as Ripa’s co-host. Soon, “GMA” took him on part time. For the past two years, he’s been working there a couple of days a week, but always had to leave midway through to head to the “Live with Kelly and Michael” studio on Manhattan’s upper West Side.
Strahan will now be a “GMA” regular alongside Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Logan, Amy Robach and Ginger Zee. In a memo to his staff, ABC News President James Goldston called Strahan “a stellar addition to the broadcast.”
“Good Morning America” leads the network morning shows in ratings, but its competition with second place “Today” on NBC has gotten tighter in recent months.
For “Good Morning America,” he’s done profiles of two Green Berets who fought in Afghanistan and singer Jennifer Lopez
Ripa and Strahan won an Emmy last year for outstanding entertainment talk show hosts, as the show has made a complete transition from a program that began in the 1980s with Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford. The show has commitments to be on the air at least through 2020.
Strahan will remain as a co-host of “NFL on Fox” on the weekends.