Tuesday April 19th, 2016

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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.

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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.

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