Michael Strahan Leaving ‘Live’ Earlier Than Planned

ABC announced on Tuesday that Michael Strahan is leaving “Live!” earlier than originally planned.

Strahan is leaving the show on May 13. He was supposed to stay through the summer but the network decided it was best to get him out of “Live!” as early as possible so the show can look for a new co-host ASAP.

Kelly Ripa returned to the show finally on Tuesday and it looks like things have cooled down between her and ABC.

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

In a statement, ABC said:

“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.”

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