04/19/2016 12:55 pm ET

Michael Strahan Is Leaving 'Live With Kelly And Michael' For 'GMA'

But his new gig sounds great.

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TV personality Michael Strahan attends the 4th Annual IWC Schaffhausen 'For The Love Of Cinema' dinner on April 14, 2016 in New York City.

It's a sad day for "Live with Kelly and Michael" fans.  

According to The Hollywood Reporter, fan-favorite Michael Strahan will be exiting the ABC talk show to pursue a full-time gig with "Good Morning America." 

"I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at 'GMA.' It is an exciting opportunity to be able to bring unique stories and voices to the audience," Strahan said in a statement, according to THR. 

The 44-year-old reminisced about his time on "Live" and made sure to thank his co-host, Kelly Ripa. 

"My time with 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael' has been transformative, and my departure will be bittersweet," Strahan said. "Kelly has been an unbelievable partner, and I am so thankful to her and the entire team. I am extremely grateful for the amazing support I've received from all of the fans." 

The former defensive end for the New York Giants joined "Live" in 2012, shortly after Regis Philbin's departure. Strahan began hosting bi-weekly segments on "Good Morning America" in 2014. He will begin his full-time "GMA" duties in September. 

"Over the past two years on 'GMA,' Michael’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans and all kinds of newsmakers to a host of modern American cultural icons," James Goldston, ABC News president said in a press release

Goldston added, "He is a great modern thinker and leader, and with our brilliant team in front of and behind the cameras, he will help us drive forward into a very exciting future." 


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