The NFL Hall of Famer joked with his fellow “GMA” co-anchors that he’ll “embrace” his tiredness.
“About the whole sleep thing, just get over it,” Lara Spencer quipped with Strahan today. “You’re going to be tired. Just own it, love it, it’s part of life.”
“Don’t fight the tired,” he replied, acknowledging her advice. “I embrace it. I’m excited to be here.
“This is my second family here,” the 44-year-old added. “I’m going to miss everybody at ‘Live,’ sitting next to Kelly every day. I’ve been having a lot of fun on that show over the last four years and I’m very thankful to her because I’ve learned so much from her and [executive producer] Michael Gelman. I was so new to all of this that if it weren’t for her and for Michael Gelman and the staff there … they really boosted me up to make me look a lot better than I really am.”
ABC News President James Goldston revealed on Tuesday that Strahan was leaving "Live with Kelly and Michael" to take on a full-time role at "GMA."
“He will end a four-year run as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ‘LIVE!,’ where he has honed his skills as an interviewer with genuine warmth and a quick wit,” Goldston wrote. “At ‘GMA’ he’ll now have even more opportunities to tell stories that inspire, inform and empower people.”
For Strahan’s part, “We’re on the same network,” he said. “I’ll be up earlier now, but we’re on the same team, same family.”