( 4UMF NEWS ) Michael Strahan Leaving “Live!” Four Months Early:
So much for the long goodbye. Michael Strahan will leave “Live! With Kelly and Michael” by May 13, the Daily News has confirmed — setting the stage for producers to get an early start finding a replacement.
Until Tuesday, ABC reps had insisted that Strahan would work through the summer and join “Good Morning America” next fall.
“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,” ABC officials said.
“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.
This plan also allows GMA to start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September.”
Ripa joined Strahan Tuesday morning on “Live!” for the first time in almost a week after claiming she was “blindsided” by ABC brass and Strahan when they told he was leaving the program in a post-show meeting last week.
“May 13 is his last show,” a source told People magazine.
“He’ll take the summer off and GMA can integrate him early before September, and this will give Live! more time to find the co-host. He’s totally fine that. Now he can enjoy his summer.”
Ripa told viewers that she took a day off to “process” the news and then left for the rest of the week on a preplanned vacation to celebrate her wedding anniversary.
Strahan has told friends he was hurt by her behavior, but “Live!” sources said the pair have not been getting along for months.