Michael Strahan Is Leaving ‘Live’ Earlier Than You Thought

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Michael Strahan’s last day at “Live with Kelly and Michael” is sooner than expected.

An internal memo was sent out before Kelly Ripa’s return to the show Tuesday morning announcing that Strahan would be leaving in May, not this fall. Rip was absent for a week after news broke that Strahan is leaving for “Good Morning America.”

“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,” TMZ reported Tuesday.

“To that end, Michael’s last day on ‘Live’ will be Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have an appropriate send off for him during the May sweeps, but to also immediately give Kelly and the producers an opportunity to begin the on-air search for a new co-host.”

As previously reported, Kelly was upset and felt “blindsided” by the news of Strahan leaving.