Michael Strahan Is Leaving Live to Work Full Time at Good Morning America

He'll segue to GMA in September

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Michael Strahan is leaving Live with Kelly and Michael, but viewers will still be able to spend their mornings with him.

After four years co-hosting Live with Kelly Ripa, the former NFL star is departing to work full time at Good Morning America starting in September. He joined GMA two years ago, working twice a week, before heading over to Live.

Strahan, who retired from the NFL in 2008, will continue co-hosting Fox NFL Sunday during the football season.

"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," said ABC News president James Goldston 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."

"I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at GMA. It is an exciting opportunity to be able to bring unique stories and voices to the audience," said Strahan in a statement. "My time with Live with Kelly and Michael has been transformative, and my departure will be bittersweet."

Live is the No. 2 syndicated daytime show behind Dr. Phil but is tied for first among women ages 25 to 54 and leads all daytime shows in households with a 2.9 rating.

GMA hopes Strahan's presence will help reverse its ratings slide. In 2012, the morning show overtook Today in total viewers after a 16-year streak, but Today recently reclaimed the lead in the 25-54 demographic, the key morning show demo.

Strahan's departure leaves behind a hosting vacancy at Live. The show is expected to conduct on-air tryouts this fall to find a replacement, just as it did when Strahan took over for Regis Philbin and Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford in 2001.

@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.