Michael Strahan Confirms Good Morning America Talks, Will Stay on Live! With Kelly and Michael

Host tells Kelly Ripa, "You are my No. 1 priority"

By Zach Johnson Apr 02, 2014 1:53 PMTags
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Michael Strahan didn't leave viewers hanging long.

One day after it was reported that he would likely be joining ABC's Good Morning America, he confirmed the talks during Wednesday's Live! With Kelly and Michael. "The big news is that I'm gonna be on GMA now," he said, explaining that he learned the news had leaked after a screening Tuesday.

"So what is so surprising is I had a meeting, and we talked about the possibility there," Strahan told co-host Kelly Ripa. "Then I went to see Captain America with Samuel L. Jackson, and I get out of screening and I check my messages and I'm on Good Morning America."

The former Giants defensive end will reportedly work semi-regularly during the show's first hour. "I don't think I could do it every day. I have a lot going on. I have to be smart about it," Strahan said.

The 42-year-old retired athlete then addressed his future on Live!, telling 43-year-old Ripa, "I just want everyone to know and you to know that no matter what, this is my No. 1 priority, and you are my No. 1 priority, and I would never do anything to jeopardize the quality of what I do here."

So will he take the job? "I don't know," Strahan admitted. "This is what I do. This is me. This is my home, no matter what. I go nowhere. This is my love. You are my love. This is my job. So don't worry, anybody, I'm not going anywhere."

After Strahan's speech, Ripa joked, "That is exactly how we rehearsed it backstage."

Strahan would join Amy Robach, Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Ginger Zee. ABC declined to comment.

Weatherman Sam Champion departed Good Morning America in January for The Weather Channel and Today, and news anchor Josh Elliott followed suit in March for a job with NBC Sports.

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(Originally published on Wed., Apr. 2, 2014, 6:53 a.m. PST.)