LLNYC cover star Michael Strahan quits “LIVE With Kelly”

Strahan on the penthouse balcony of the Smyth Hotel in Tribeca
Strahan on the penthouse balcony of the Smyth Hotel in Tribeca

When Michael Strahan spoke to LLNYC for our most recent cover story, he was living fast, splitting his time between three television shows, movie and award show appearances, and a production/ management company. But perhaps those long weeks really were too much for him, as he has now quit the job for which he was best known: “LIVE With Kelly and Michael.”

StrahanStrahan will join ABC’s “Good Morning America” on a full-time basis starting in September, ABC announced today. He will retain his duties as a football analyst for Fox and end his four-year stint on “LIVE With Kelly and Michael.”

“Michael is the only person who said immediately after co-hosting that he wanted to do it again,” Kelly Ripa told LLNYC in February.

“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,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo to staff sent this morning, according to Variety. “He will end a four year run as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ‘Live!,’ where he has honed his skills as an interviewer with genuine warmth and a quick wit. At ‘GMA,’ he’ll now have even more opportunities to tell stories that inspire, inform and empower people.”

The former Giants defensive end and NFL Hall of Famer beamed with positivity when he described his then twice a week appearance on “GMA” to LLNYC.

“I’m a true believer that your energy is what everyone else feeds off of,” Strahan said. “Your energy when you walk into a room is very important to the team, so it’s always a good morning kiss to Robin [Roberts], Lara [Spencer] and Amy [Robach]. Then I give a nice firm, steady handshake to my man Mr. George Stephanopoulos. This is my team. I just greeted my [‘Good Morning America’] team.”

Check out our profile with Michael Strahan here.