Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan Signs ‘Four-Year Deal With ABC News’ To Extend Co-Anchor Gig
Michael Strahan became an official Good Morning America co-anchor in 2016 after his successful hosting appearance on ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael.
And the 49-year-old isn’t quickly saying goodbye to the morning news, with Variety reporting on Wednesday that he is extending his contract.
In particular, a source told the outlet that Strahan recently “signed a new four-year deal with ABC News.”
Renewal: According to Variety, Michael Strahan has decided to renew his contract with Good Morning America; pictured in 2020
Michael currently hosts the program alongside Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos.
Before finally joining Good Morning America, the former professional soccer player made guest appearances on the news program from 2014 to 2016.
During that time, he was also a full-time co-host of ABC’s Live! with actress Kelly Ripa, a performance for which he signed in 2012.
Great Performance: Michael Strahan officially became Good Morning America co-anchor in 2016 after his successful hosting appearance on ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael; pictured in 2019
During his stint on Live! there were rumors of tension brewing behind the scenes between him and his co-host.
After four years, Michael announced that he was leaving his position at Live! to join Good Morning America full-time.
In a 2020 New York Times interview, Strahan emphasized that his move from LIVE! to Good Morning America ‘was not a choice’, but a ‘request’ from the ‘people who run the network’.
Four more years: Specifically, a source told the outlet that Strahan recently “signed a new four-year deal with ABC News”
He continued: “It was treated like I was the guy who came in and said, ‘I’m leaving.” That part was totally misunderstood, mishandled in every way.”
Strahan’s recent decision to extend his time at ABC News comes after the network brought in Simone Swink as Good Morning America’s newest executive producer.
Swink replaced Michael Corn, who left the role in April this year and is currently facing charges of alleged workplace assault.
Previous job: Michael previously hosted ABC’s Live! alongside actress Kelly Ripa; the couple pictured in 2012