Live With Kelly: Michael Strahan (Co-Host)
Strahan spent 15 years with the NY Giants football team before becoming a morning talk show host giant. Regis Philbin is not an easy role to replace but America instantly fell in love with Strahan. For the 6 years that Strahan spent chatting with Kelly Ripa, ratings climbed and viewership increased by an average of 268,000 daily viewers. During this time, he won two Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host. So when Strahan blindsided Kelly by changing uniforms and joining Good Morning America, Kelly called foul. She also called out of work for a week and publicly lashing out at ABC leadership and Strahan. After his announcement, viewers rushed to catch Strahan’s final days exchanging hits with Kelly as ratings saw an unusual Spring spike due to the emmy-winning, football hall of famer’s impending departure. The show took a hit in the ratings, most notably during the 2016 Halloween episode down 26% from 2015 Halloween festivities, when the former defensive end was still suiting up for the show. With the exodus of the, Kelly and the Live with Kelly team were left with a big gap on their squad. Beyond the show, the incident exemplified how not to manage the re-assignment of high performers on your team. In the best of cases, relocation is disruptive, at worst, bad moves make headlines.