Michael Strahan is leaving “Live with Kelly and Michael” and will be taking a full-time position with the team at “Good Morning America,” ABC said Tuesday.
Strahan has been a part-time presence on “GMA” for a while now, making several appearances a week on the popular morning show.
He will now be appearing on the morning show five days a week. The change will take effect in September.
He is an addition to “GMA,” and will not be replacing any of the other hosts.
The move is intended to shore up the morning show, which has suffered a significant decline in viewership this season.
“GMA” remains No. 1 among total viewers, but average viewership is down 10% year-over-year, and in the most important demographic, 25- to 54-year-olds, viewership is down 18%.
The former New York Giants defensive end is a media star with a huge following that is likely to continue watching him on GMA.
“Live” is in the same corporate family as “GMA.”
After taking over for Regis Philbin, Strahan co-hosted with Kelly Ripa since 2012.
ABC is going to hold try-outs again this time for his replacement. In a press release, the network said “‘Live’ will kick off the search for a new co-host when the new season begins in the fall.”
Strahan started helping out on “GMA” after Josh Elliott left the morning show in 2014.
In an internal memo on Tuesday, ABC News president James Goldston said, “Michael has been a stellar addition to the broadcast. Over the past two years on ‘GMA,’ he’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans to American pop culture icons and newsmakers.”
“GMA” co-host George Stephanopoulos tweeted a warm welcome to Strahan.
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) April 19, 2016