Michael Strahan is throwing up the deuces, earlier than expected. Initially, it was reported that the former NFL’er would be leaving ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael‘ in September for his new gig at Good Morning America. However, his last day on the show will be May 13th. A show spokesperson tells E! News,
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.
As previously reported, today Kelly Ripa returned to the show, after taking time off, following Strahan’s surprise announcement that he would be leaving. She told the audience and viewers,
I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to this show. The love, the show of support to this bizarre time has been really overwhelming. I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right—and let’s be honest, I know half of you called in sick to be here…I didn’t want to come out here and just say something I might regret.
The clip of her return below.