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FLASHBACK: George Stephanopoulos Thought Michael Strahan Was a 'Natural' Addition to 'Good Morning America'

by Raphael Chestang 4:11 PM PDT, April 20, 2016
Playing FLASHBACK: George Stephanopoulos Thought Michael Strahan Was a 'Natural' Addition to 'Good Morning America'

In light of the news that Michael Strahan will be leaving Live! With Kelly and Michael to work full-time at Good Morning America, ET is looking back at when Strahan first joined GMA two years ago.

While many were shocked to hear the announcement on Tuesday of Strahan's decision to move to GMA, show co-host George Stephanopoulos' attitude after his first time working with him clearly suggests that the transition should be a smooth one.

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"It's all very natural," Stephanopoulos told ET in 2014. "Michael came in, was not here one day, he was the next, and he's part of the team -- part of the family."

"So excited about the edition of Stray," Robin Roberts shared with ET that same year. "See? I call him Stray. I'm already like, 'Hey!'"

On Wednesday, the GMA crew gave a shout-out to Strahan, welcoming him to the team.

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"We are thrilled to say that Michael Strahan will be joining us every morning," Roberts said on-air.

Meanwhile, Strahan addressed his departure from Live! during Wednesday's taping of the daytime talk show.

"I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa, because Kelly welcomed me here and I've learned so much from her," Strahan said on-air. "She's just been an amazing influence on me, and this has truly changed my life to be here with her."

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Sources told ET that Live! producers are already looking into who Strahan's replacement might be. Those in the running appear to be Ripa's close friend, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, and Neil Patrick Harris.

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