Robin Roberts Reacts to Michael Strahan's Good Morning America Return After His Absence

Michael Strahan was back on Good Morning America Nov. 15 after an almost three-week absence. Find out how his co-anchor Robin Roberts responded to his return.

By Corinne Heller Nov 15, 2023 4:26 PMTags
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Robin Roberts was overjoyed that her colleague Michael Strahan is back at work.

Her Good Morning America co-anchor returned to the show Nov. 15 after being absent for almost three weeks for what an ABC spokesperson had said were "personal family matters."

"Can I just say we have tears of joy," Roberts said on the episode, "because Michael is back here at the desk."

Strahan responded, "It is great to back with both of you."

The former NFL player swiftly jumped back into his co-hosting duties upon his return to the morning show, joining Roberts in interviewing Rachel Zegler and Viola Davis about The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes and Chris Pine about Disney's new animated film Wish. In fact, He and the Don't Worry Darling actor also bonded over fashion.

"I have those same socks, dude," Pine told Strahan, pointing at the co-anchor's polka dot socks from across the stage.

The football analyst jokingly quipped right back, "I have that same jacket."

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Strahan returned to GMA three days after he was back behind the desk at his other TV job, Fox NFL Sunday. The special Veterans Day-themed Nov. 12 episode was filmed live at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

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Amid Strahan's absence from television since Oct. 26, many viewers had expressed concern for his well-being on social media. However, a source close to the situation confirmed to E! News last week that, "Michael is fine."

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Strahan received many well-wishes from fans upon his return to Good Morning America. "Welcome back Michael," one person commented on the show's Instagram page, while another wrote, "Love having Michael back!"

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