Michael Strahan is leaving earlier than expected. Deadline reports the Live with Kelly and Michael co-host will be departing in May, months before he starts his new full-time gig on Good Morning America.
Last week, it was announced Strahan would be leaving Live to host full-time on the other ABC morning show.
His co-host, Kelly Ripa, did not take the news well. She took all of last week off and returned this morning after ABC reportedly assured her Live was not being cancelled.
Strahan was originally expected to leave the show in September. Instead, he will leave on May 13th, giving the network time to find Ripa a new co-host before her contract ends in 2017.
From a Live with Kelly and Michael spokesperson:
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. 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.”
What do you think? Do you watch Live with Kelly and Michael? Who do you think would make a good new co-host?