Michael Strahan will soon be pulling double-duty at ABC.
The former footballer and current co-host of Live! With Kelly and Michael is about to close a deal to join the Good Morning America team, insiders confirm to EW. Strahan will continue his duties alongside Kelly Ripa and contribute to GMA‘s coverage prior to reporting for duty at Live!, where he has co-hosted since 2012.
Strahan’s addition, however, will have no effect on the anchor lineup, which will remain intact. Strahan is expected to appear in GMA’s top hour without affecting the current roles of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, and Amy Robach, who this week replaced the exiting Josh Elliott.
ABC News has been in negotiations for months with Strahan, whose addition has been a boon to Live! One insider insists the talks pre-date the current salary negotiations that resulted in a major pay boost for Roberts (who is reportedly making in the $14 million a year range) and Spencer (whose around $8 million). Stephanopoulos’ deal doesn’t expire until year’s end.
Changes on GMA began with the surprise departure of Sam Champion to The Weather Channel in December. Elliott, meanwhile, closed a new with NBC Sports Sunday that led to GMA announcing on Monday that Robach will replace him as the newsreader.