Michael Strahan announced last week that he would be leaving Live! With Kelly and Michael to take a full time position with Good Morning America.
At the time of the announcement, Strahan said he’d be joining GMA in September, but it turns out, Strahan’s last day will actually be next month.
“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,” ABC said in a statement to PEOPLE.
“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.”
Today, Kelly made her return to the show since the announcement of Strahan’s departure. Ripa had been blindsided by the news and was furious with the producers and executives for not warning her that Strahan would be leaving. “What transpired, though, over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace,” she said.