Michael Strahan Joining ABC's ‘Good Morning America’

Michael Strahan Joining ABC's 'Good Morning America'

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Strahan will also continue to co-host “Live With Kelly and Michael”

Michael Strahan is joining ABC morning show “Good Morning America,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Strahan would continue to co-host “Live With Kelly and Michael.” The GMA deal is not expected to affect the retired NFL player's role as an analyst on “Fox NFL Sunday.”

“It is our understanding that the ‘GMA’ deal is not finalized, but if/when it becomes official, his role is not expected to change with Fox Sports,” a Fox Sports insider told TheWrap.

Also read: In Josh Elliott Grab, NBC Lands a Blow to ABC's ‘Good Morning America’

Strahan, 42, has been in talks to join the morning program for months, with an announcement possibly coming later this week, according to CNN, which first reported the story.

But insiders stressed to TheWrap that while the ABC show recently lost Josh Elliott and Sam Champion, Strahan won't be replacing anyone.

Elliott's departure from “Good Morning America” was announced earlier this week. The “GMA” co-anchor has joined NBC Sports for a position in which he reportedly took a pay cut.

Champion left the ABC show last year for The Weather Channel, where he now co-hosts “AMHQ.”

Also read: In Josh Elliott Grab, NBC Lands a Blow to ABC's ‘Good Morning America’

A spokesperson for ABC declined to comment to TheWrap.

As TheWrap previously reported, Elliott was deep in negotiations with ABC News president Ben Sherwood over renewing his contract on “Good Morning America,” but the talks broke down Sunday. He had sought an $8 million contract renewal that would eventually climb to $13 million, and wanted Stephanopoulos's job.

Elliot informed Sherwood, he'd be leaving for NBC, in what was described as a “Machiavellian” move. An insider told TheWrap his relations were not good with either Robin Roberts or George Stephanopoulos, which left an opening to NBC. “Josh fell out of love with ABC,” as one wag put it.

Elliott, described as “mercurial” in the negotiations, refused a $5 million offer from ABC that would not have guaranteed him Stephanopoulos’ slot.

Tony Maglio contributed to this report.

  • Trish Chasity

    Are they sure it is more “Machiavellian”? Sounds more like the “Art of War” to me.

  • Honey Badger Don't Care

    NBC is trying to break up GMA, but all they've done is put GMA on the front page everyday, giving them more publicity.

    • TwiggyB

      That gap in the front of his teeth will get wider because that's his money clip!

  • TwiggyB

    Meredith Vieira who left The View on ABC for NBC, did “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” on the side for about $500,000-$750,000. She used part of that money to remodel her house. That show was taped for the entire week in 1 day. The show was only 30 minutes long per segment! NICE job if you can get it.

    Now I'm waiting to see who'll leak what Mike is taking home for his 3 day stint on GMA. I'll bet it's the $3 million Josh Elliot turned down . . .

  • MaStEr_MoLd

    If they get rid of everyone on GMA and just let Strahan do the entire show, then I'll watch.

  • David Perkins

    Of course Strahan isn't leaving ‘Live!’ No sane person voluntarily incurs the Wrath of Kelly Ripa.

  • Cathy Viviano

    GMA (like the other morning shows ie Today show, CBS This Morning, etc) used to be good in terms of discussing the news and weather stories. Now, it's a total yak fest 24/7 (don't worry, they still report the news and weather).

  • Mepah

    Josh seems to be VERY GREEDY and ARROGANT man

  • Dali

    Josh should have realized what a great gig he had. Greed beats all. Like Sam, we will never see him again, disappear off the face of the earth. Sometimes friendship and camaraderie beats greed, something hopefully Josh will learn in the future.

  • yepster

    Kelly and Michael seem to get along REALLY, REALLY well,If you Know what I mean