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Former NFL star Michael Strahan says hello to ‘Good Morning America’

Michael Strahan attends the ESPN The Party at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on January 31, 2014 in New York City.
(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For ESPN)

It’s official! Just a couple weeks after announcing his new part-time gig with “Good Morning America,” former New York Giants star and current “Live!” co-host Michael Strahan made his debut on the ABC morning show on Tuesday. According to a report by the Hollywood Reporter on April 15, Strahan had no problem fitting right in.

As the show’s newest addition, Strahan was introduced with a montage of photos from various stages of his life, including his childhood. The NFL Hall-of-Famer was also accompanied by Pharrell’s “Happy” along with the following voiceover that introduced Strahan as he walked down a red carpet at Times Square studios.

“So when you can do it all, what do you do next? Well, we’ve got good news for you, America, your mornings just got happier, ‘cause now it’s time to say good morning to Michael as he comes to Good Morning America.”

Michael Strahan is use to introductions, but this one was special and symbolized a new chapter in Strahan’s career, but he is not forgetting where he got his start as a talk show host. Back when he made his announcement on “Live!,” he told co-host Kelly Ripa that no matter what, “this is going to be my No. 1 priority. You are my No. 1 priority.” Strahan said “Live!” will always be his home, but on Tuesday he received his housewarming quite well as he made himself comfortable at his new home.

As just a quick visit and introduction, the new “GMA” co-host was greeted at the anchor desk with a new alarm clock and a special welcome from George Stephanopoulos who pointed out that it was the job he did when Robin Roberts was away that made him a strong candidate to joining the “GMA” family.

Strahan, who will continue to work on “Live!” and “Fox NFL Sunday”, also took a few moments to express his appreciation and also joked that it would be a nice change from talking to his TV while watching “GMA” from home to actually reporting the news from behind the desk. Strahan will start his part-time schedule next week and add some male testosterone to a staff, which only had Stephanopoulos as the lone male co-host with the departure of Josh Elliot.

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