UPDATED: Michael Strahan, one half of Live! With Kelly & Michael, also soon will be seen on ABC‘s morning infotainment program Good Morning America. Strahan will continue to co-host his daytime talker with Kelly Ripa. Ripa also had been approached about joining GMA, but she declined, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Talks with Strahan began about a month ago, which predates news anchor Josh Elliott’s decision to depart GMA, announced over the weekend. Expect to see Strahan on GMA a couple days a week, initially. Elliott, formerly of ESPN, left the show to join NBC Sports. The addition of Strahan gives GMA an anchor with a sports background to take over that responsibility from Elliott — Strahan having spent 15 years playing for the New York Giants.
Live! With Kelly & Michael is having its best season in seven years, ratings-wise, averaging nearly 4 million viewers — up 13% versus same time last season.
Strahan’s GMA deal, which is not yet final, brings some testosterone to the morning show which, with Elliott’s exit and the recent departure of Sam Champion for The Weather Channel, left co-host George Stephanopoulos on Monday looking like a guest on The View, surrounded as he was by Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, and Ginger Zee — so much so that Spencer snarked, “The estrogen is flowing.” ABC declined to comment.