Michael Strahan sacks 'Live' for full-time role on 'Good Morning America'

Former Giants star joining ABC News morning show as co-anchor

Michael Strahan, who has been moonlighting on ABC's "Good Morning America" while co-hosting "Live with Kelly and Michael," will leave the popular daytime talk show for which he was hired to replace Regis Philbin in 2012.

The former New York Giants star will leave the show in September to join an expanded role on the increasingly popular ABC News morning show.

"Over the past two years on 'GMA,' Michael's proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans and all kinds of newsmakers to a host of modern American cultural icons," ABC News president James Goldston said in a statement. "He is a great modern thinker and leader, and with our brilliant team in front of and behind the cameras, he will help us drive forward into a very exciting future."

Strahan has appeared periodically on "GMA" since 2014, but now he'll be asked to share the load with Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and Ginger Zee as a full-time co-anchor.

"I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at 'GMA,'" Strahan said. "It is an exciting opportunity to be able to bring unique stories and voices to the audience."

After spending his entire 15-year career with the Giants, Strahan retired after the 2007 season and went to work for FOX's Sunday NFL show. He filled in for Philbin on the syndicated show 22 times before being named permanent co-host alongside Kelly Ripa.

"My time with 'Live with Kelly and Michael' has been transformative, and my departure will be bittersweet," Strahan said. "Kelly has been an unbelievable partner, and I am so thankful to her and the entire team. I am extremely grateful for the amazing support I've received from all of the fans." 

Strahan will continue his duties with "NFL on FOX."

"Live" will begin its search for a new co-host in time for the start of the new season this fall.

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