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ABC Confirms & (Kinda) Explains Michael Strahan's Early Exit From Live!

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We didn't think we could get surprised again after Michael Strahan shocked us with the announcement he was leaving Live! With Kelly & Michael in September.

But right after Kelly Ripa returned to the show, we heard her cohost was instead going to leave in just over two weeks!

Related: Kelly Gets Her Apology From The Head Honchos At Disney & ABC

Well, it's all true. And ABC has reasoning that does NOT include trying to avoid the awkwardness between its stars.

A show spokesperson confirmed the news to Entertainment Weekly, saying:

"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. To that end, Michael's last day on Live will be on Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have a nice send-off for him during the May book, but to also immediately begin the on-air search for a new co-host. This plan also allows GMA to start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September."

Right, so…

Can Strahan really get a better sendoff in May than in September? Hmm…

Nah, this move only seems to benefit Kelly, who — rather than sit with someone who pulled the rug out from under her — gets to spend the summer testing her chemistry with a series of guest hosts.

Our money is still on the show getting a blast of AC — either Anderson Cooper or Andy Cohen, both of whom are longtime friends of Kelly's.

What do YOU think??

[Image via ABC.]

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