Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is joining the Good Morning America cast on a full time basis, reports CNN’s Brian Stelter.
Strahan, 44, had previously spent four years as a co-host of Live with Kelly and Michael alongside Kelly Ripa. He replaced Regis Philbin as a co-host on the show in 2012.
According to People, Ripa was “blindsided” by the news, and is upset with Strahan’s ensuing departure.
Since 2014, Strahan has been on GMA twice a week, to go along with his co-hosting duties for Live.
Strahan, who spent 15 seasons with the Giants, was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro in his NFL tenure. He was also a Super Bowl champion with New York in his final season in 2007.
Strahan will begin his full time duties with GMA in September.