Michael Strahan is leaving Live! With Kelly and Michael four months ahead of what was previously announced, sources confirm to ET.
While Strahan had initially planned to stay on with the daytime talk show until September, he will now be leaving on Friday, May 13. "It's the best solution for everyone," a source close to the show tells ET.
"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," ABC said in a statement. "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."
The statement goes on to say that GMA will "start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September."
The two appeared amicable
during Tuesday's episode, with Strahan complimenting his co-host
several times throughout the taping. "I am so happy you are back. One thing I know about you, and you love this show, you love the fans, you love the staff," he gushed. "I love you, and I am so happy you are here because you brought me here with [executive producer Michael] Gelman, and this show has been transforming for me."
He added, "I know this show lives on because you are the Queen of Morning Television, and it will continue to go and I'm right down the street! You need me, I'm coming back to help out."
Ripa also wished Strahan the best at his new job. "I am thrilled for Michael. I am thrilled for you," she said. "This is a tremendous opportunity. I couldn't be and we couldn't be prouder of you and of everything we've accomplished together."
Here's a look at Ripa's first day back: