Michael Strahan is leaving “Live! with Kelly and Michael” next month.
The show told "Extra" today,"After meeting with the producers of both 'Live' and 'Good Morning America,' and after speaking with Kelly and Michael, we have decided on a plan that best advantages both shows for the future. To that end, Michael’s last day on “Live” will be on Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have a nice send-off for him during the May book, but to also immediately begin the on-air search for a new co-host."
The show added, "This plan also allows GMA to start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September."
Michael is leaving earlier than expected; reports had anticipated him leaving in the summer. A source shared with People, "The network decided and the show decided that they wanted more time to find the co-host. He's fine either way.”
"This is not about feeling awkward with Kelly. He was willing to stay until the fall, but the network is saying this gives them more time to find the co-host. He's a team player. He will do what they ask,” the insider elaborated.
Earlier this morning, Kelly and Michael reunited on the show and Kelly shared, "I am thrilled for Michael... this is a tremendous opportunity and I couldn't be, and we couldn't be, prouder of you and everything we accomplished together. So, back to the show, this is entertainment — it's supposed to be entertaining — so let’s get back to what we do best and start the show.”
Michael reportedly knew he would be stepping down early before appearing on the show today. The insider said, "He knew he would be wrapping up early, he just didn't know exactly when. He's leaving for another show. He's not losing his job, so for him it's fine."