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Michael Strahan Starts Full-Time Role on 'Good Morning America' While Kelly Ripa Reportedly Gets 'Live!' Promotion

by Jackie Willis 5:33 AM PDT, September 06, 2016
Playing Michael Strahan Starts Full-Time Role on 'Good Morning America' While Kelly Ripa Reportedly Gets 'Live!' Promotion

Michael Strahan is officially a full-time anchor on Good Morning America on Tuesday, while the search for Kelly Ripa's co-host on Live! continues.

The 44-year-old former NFL pro was welcomed with open arms by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and the GMA team, and got a surprise visit from his friend Usher. "Welcome Michael Strahan," the morning show captioned a photo of Strahan's first day on Instagram.

Welcome @michaelstrahan!

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On Tuesday's Live!, actor Morris Chestnut guest hosted with Ripa and guests included Chris Noth, Bradley Whitford and Martina McBride. As Strahan settles into his new gig, a new report surfaces that Ripa has also stepped into a new role. According to Page Six, the 45-year-old TV personality has been named an executive producer of Live! alongside longtime EP, Michael Gelman.

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The reported promotion comes after Ripa was "blindsided" by the announcement of Strahan's departure in April.

Strahan -- who co-hosted Live! for four years -- left the show in May, and a source told ET that he was able to make amends with Ripa prior to his departure. "Kelly realized her issue wasn't really with Michael, but the network," sources said. "Are they best friends? No. But there definitely is some peace."

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