Michael Strahan joining ‘GMA’ full-time

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Michael Strahan- via GMA Twitter

NEW YORK– Michael Strahan is leaving “Live with Kelly and Michael” and joining the cast of “Good Morning America” full-time, ABC said Tuesday.

Strahan has been a part-time presence on “GMA,” appearing a few days each week, but now he’ll be on the morning show five days a week.

The move is intended to shore up “GMA,” which has suffered a significant decline in viewership among 25- to 54-year-olds this season.

A senior ABC source called the move a “no-brainer,” describing it as a way to “strengthen the team with a big star.”

Strahan, the former New York Giants defensive end, has become a bonafide media star in recent years. Along with his roles on ABC, he is a commentator for Fox Sports.

ABC did not immediately name a replacement for him on “Live with Kelly and Michael,” and is unlikely to do so in the near term.

Strahan succeeded Regis Philbin on the talk show after a lengthy period of on-air try-outs. He has co-hosted with Kelly Ripa since 2012.

“Live” is in the same corporate family as “GMA:” It is produced by ABC’s local station in New York and syndicated by Disney’s domestic distribution unit.

Strahan originally become a part-time player on “GMA” after Josh Elliott left the morning show in 2014.

In an internal memo, ABC News president James Goldston said, “Michael has been a stellar addition to the broadcast. Over the past two years on ‘GMA,’ he’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans to American pop culture icons and newsmakers.”

By Brian Stelter