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Michael Strahan To Become Newest Addition To Good Morning America!

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Looks like the male quotient on Good Morning America has just gone back up after the departure this week of Josh Elliott to NBC Sports!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the co-host of the syndicated talker, Live! with Kelly and Michael, Michael Strahan, has been tapped by the morning show to become their newest addition.  Exactly what role he will step into is yet to be determined and it’s unclear when exactly he will start, but he will step into the 7AM hour prior to the daily Live! with Kelly and Michael broadcast.

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THR reports that, “Talks have been ongoing with Strahan and executives at ABC News for months. And sources stress that he will not replace any of the current GMA anchors; he’s expected to appear often, though not five days a week.”

The addition of Strahan balances out GMA’s very recent gender imbalance created by the abrupt departure of news anchor Elliott, and weather anchor Sam Championw hich left only George Stephanopoulos as the sole male anchor among four female co-anchors.

What do you think about Michael Strahan joining the GMA morning crew? Thumbs up? Or, thumbs down?  Let us know!

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aria
aria

thumbs up way up, he’s twice the men that josh elliot and sam champion combine never were….

Shirley Miller
Shirley Miller

Michael Strahan should be a good addition to the GMA Staff. I know Cameron Mathison does some journalist stories for GMA. I think he would make a good morning anchor also….not just an occasional crew member.

Rod
Rod

Huge thumbs down. Or fine can he go there and be replaced on Live With Kelly. Sorry he doesn’t do it for me on Live So now I barely watch!!!

Mark
Mark

I totally agree!!!

Becky Cloutier
Becky Cloutier

I agree too! Cant stand Ripa either

dmr
dmr

I agree; I used to be a fan of Kelly’s. Now, she seems fake to me. I don’t watch “Live” anymore.

Charday
Charday

I find it annoying how he talks over guests on the K and Michael show. I find K even more annoying (so much so that I won’t type or say her name).

Daisy
Daisy

Talking over people seems to be a job requirement on gma. He will fit right on but I won’t be watching!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t watch the show but he’s extremely personable. I think he’d probably do well on any talk-type show.

Cathy Borruso
Cathy Borruso

Although I don’t watch GMA regularly Michael would fit in beautifully. .good choice!

Patricia
Patricia

Millions of people watch GMA and Live With Kelly and Michael every morning. For those who watch everyday like I do, I look forward to seeing different people. If I watch GMA with Michael Straham then most likely I won’t watch Live with Kelly and Michael Straham. One program behind the other, I will be looking for different people.

jeffery
jeffery

It’s overkill. Like when GMA has a celebrity guest on and later that morning THE VIEW interviews the same guest who later appears on THE CHEW. Ugh.

Rosemary Patterson
Rosemary Patterson

If it’s true that ABC didn’t keep Sam and Josh because they couldn’t agree on the terms of their contracts, shame on ABC. They had a Dream Team at GMA and one by one it’s falling apart. I love Robin & George and like Lara, and if Michael can do it WITHOUT leaving Kelly, he will definitely help more than hurt. I still say ABC should’ve worked hard to keep Sam & Josh. They had a great “bromance” going and great relationship with Robin and George. I loved them on the show. Michael surely won’t hurt the show, George needs another guy with him.

Patricio
Patricio

I agree 100% with you Rosie! Great post!

Rosemary Patterson
Rosemary Patterson

Thank you so much! By the way many of my favorite people call me Rosie! You made me smile 🙂 Have a great day!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

JoshElliot was an attention hog..he didn’t know how to share the spotlight and didn’t want to…Michael should go there and be replaced on LIVE with someone who can make Kelly interesting if that’s at all possible..which I suspect it’s not.

Rosemary Patterson
Rosemary Patterson

I totally disagree about Josh. I also think Kelly & Michael are AWESOME. Their show has FANTASTIC RATINGS! However I’m sure you like people that I don’t like too, so that’s what’s great about having a variety of shows to choose from. LOL When I was a kid we had 3 channels! Thank goodness it’s different now! Ha! Ha!

Carly
Carly

Thumbs up! I love Michael. Kelly did a TV series Hope& Faith while she also did Live. It will work out well! I am very happy to hear this. 🙂

Patricio
Patricio

I forgot about that Carlsie, but I hope they don’t spread Mivhael too thin. He is GREAT!

Sue
Sue

Not a fan, sorry!! Don’t like Josh either!

George
George

Give me a break! He’s so overrated!

Mark
Mark

GMA is really screwing up!!! Although everyone is replaceable, you would think they would keep a good thing going for as long as possible. But I don’t care for Michael Strahan! GMA needs a news person…not another “celebrity” interviewer/pop culture “expert”….it already has enough of those!

Mo
Mo

Not impressed. How many people do they need? Looks like the desk is already full. Ginger has to stand.

SZima
SZima

Just one more reason NOT to tune in to GMA. They got rid of Josh just to replace him with Michael? What are they thinking? They got rid of one egomaniac for another? At least he’s not a full time host!

Since Michael joined Live With Kelly, I have stopped watching that show too. I do NOT care for him at all, nor do I care for the way Kelly has started acting since he became the co-host.

kathy
kathy

Seems like all about the money anyway he is annoying

Gino
Gino

Michael is very annoying, I will not watch at all. Kelly Ripa, Run run and come back to acting. Live with kelly and Michael sucks now. Fire michael and bring Neil Patrick Harris as a host. Love him way better.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

WHY????????????????????????????
They’re tripping over each other on GMA as it is!

faye34
faye34

will be a great addition to gma love him on live with Kelly and Michael also love him on fx nfl pregame show

ann
ann

I quit watching the silly stuff on Abc morning a long time ago. I watch CBS morning show. I think the format there is better for adults. The chemistry, I think is good between the three on the show. I like all, Charlie, Nora and Gayle. Good mix between good, solid news stories and general thoughts of hosts without getting silly.

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Ellen DeGeneres Signs On To Continue Her Talk Show For Three More Years

After rumors were swirling that Ellen DeGeneres was considering moving on from her highly successful daytime talk show after 16 years, all of that was kiboshed, when earlier this week on Tuesday, Ellen announced herself that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would continue on for three more years through 2022.  DeGeneres inked a new deal to stay put.

In her video announcement to her studio and at-home audience, she expressed: “From the beginning, I said this show was going to be like a relationship. We’ve been through the good, the bad, the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ phase. It’s been a lot of fun and 16 years is a pretty good run. Sometimes in a relationship, you need to take a break. But I don’t. You’re stuck with me. I just signed for three more years.”

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DeGeneres’ writing, directing and producing team all won Daytime Emmys at the just completed 46th annual ceremonies.

Watch Ellen’s announcement below, followed by Michael Fairman TV’s interviews with ‘Ellen’s’ creative teams from earlier this month after they took home the gold.

Let us know via the comment section below, if you are glad that Ellen’s daytime talk show will live to see another day, in fact, three years!

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General Hospital’s New Opening Title Sequence

Last Friday on the May 17th episode of ABC’s General Hospital, viewers took note of a new version of the opening title sequence of the daytime drama series.

Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

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A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

So, what do you think of the new opening title sequence featuring the slides of the characters/cast in Port Charles, the pace of the new theme, and the retro use of the GH hospital image? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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