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Roughly two weeks after reports emerged that Michael Strahan would be taking on a part-time role with Good Morning America, the ABC morning show made the move official on Tuesday morning, introducing the Live co-host as the show’s newest, part-time addition.
The former New York Giants star was introduced with a montage of photos from his childhood and career in the NFL, accompanied by Pharrell‘s “Happy” and a voiceover joking about how beloved and multitalented he is.
“So when you can do it all, what do you do next? Well, we’ve got good news for you. America, your mornings just got happier, ’cause now it’s time to say good morning to Michael as he comes to Good Morning America,” the voiceover said before introducing Strahan, who then strutted down a red carpet at GMA‘s Times Square studios.
After he reached the anchor desk, he was gifted with a new alarm clock, which he pointed out didn’t display the correct time (“So if I’m late for my first day, it’s George’s fault because he gave me a clock that’s not set for the right time”), and an extra-large coffee mug.
“The way you and Kelly [Ripa] stepped in, especially when Robin [Roberts] was away and dealing with her transplant, was so special to all of us,” George Stephanopoulos told Strahan.
“It’s a pleasure to get up early, because you guys have been so good to us as well, and Kelly and I really appreciate it,” the former NFL star said. “It’s a family.”
Starting next week, Strahan will make appearances on GMA a few times a week before heading uptown to co-host Live, helping to correct the gender imbalance created by the departure of Josh Elliott, which left Stephanopoulos as GMA‘s lone male co-host.
“You’re going to take on some of the stories that you love, and we will be so happy to hear your opinions on,” GMA news anchor Amy Robach said in describing Strahan’s role on the show.
Strahan joked that it would be a nice change from talking to the TV while he’s watching the show at home to talking to the GMA co-hosts in person.
Strahan continues to work as an analyst for Fox NFL Sunday, and although he was somewhat of a surprise pick to replace Regis Philbin alongside Ripa on Live, he has proved capable in the daytime arena, appealing to the core female demographic that makes up the bulk of morning television viewers.
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