Michael Strahan Opens Up About His New 'GMA' Gig: 'I'm Loving It!'
By Rachel McRady
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Michael Strahan is already loving his new job! The former football star, 44, started his gig at Good Morning America earlier this week after leaving behind his role at Live! With Kelly.
“GMA has been great. It’s earlier obviously,” Strahan told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on Wednesday. “I’m getting up a lot earlier. I start at 7, I’ve got to be there a little earlier than that, but it’s been great because it’s so interesting and I’m learning. So every job I’ve had I’ve just learned along the way, and this one is interesting because of all the stories involving so many different things that are new to me and I’m loving it.”
And though he’s gotten used to the limelight, Strahan revealed that he was very different as a child.
“I’m cool, like now, but the second the cameras go off or somebody walks up to me, I’m like this,” he said, bowing his head and looking away. “And when I was a kid and I played football and I was 7 or 8 I cried the entire game. I didn’t like the applause. I didn’t like the cheering. It scared me. I didn’t like the attention, and I still don’t in some ways.”
While he’s still getting adjusted to his full-time GMA gig, Strahan’s former co-host, Kelly Ripa, is still searching for the perfect partner in crime. On Wednesday, she announced that one lucky fan will join her on the set of her hit show.
"Now it's time to put your mouths where your thumbs are," Ripa joked, after noting that she’d read social media comments calling her job easy. "I'm building a co-host empire."