Michael Strahan returns to ‘GMA’ after weeks-long hiatus

Michael Strahan wake up to America again this week!

The 51-year-old co-presenter made his return Good morning America on Wednesday after a.m weeks of absence. He joined co-hosts Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee, who cheerfully welcomed the former athlete.

Roberts started the morning by saying, “Can I just say that we are in tears of joy because Michael is back here at the desk?”

Strahan responded, “It’s great working with both of you.”

The reason for Strahan’s absence was not directly addressed and the morning show team was thrown straight into the news.

Strahan too returned to his job as an NFL analyst Fox NFL Sunday on November 12. The former NFL pro joined his co-host, Curt Menefee, for the network’s pregame honoring veterans. Menefee previously informed viewers that Strahan was not present during the November 5 broadcast because he was “dealing with a personal family matter.” The week before, Menefee told viewers that the former New York Giants player had the day off.

Strahan’s absence from his TV jobs was noticed by many fans who took to social media to inquire about his health. While details about Strahan’s absence had not been shared, ET previously learned that the dad of four was okay.

“Michael is a huge presence GMA, and his absence is certainly felt,” a source told ET. “He is universally adored. Everyone wishes him well as he deals with personal family matters. The hope is that he can return to work soon.”

The news came a day later a GMA spokesperson addressed Strahan’s absence in a statement to ET.

“Michael Strahan will not be with us this week as he is dealing with some personal family matters,” the spokesperson said. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and concerns.”

The TV personality joined in GMA in 2016 after spending four years co-hosting Live! of Kelly Ripa. Amid Strahan’s weeks-long absence of his morning show appearance, guest ABC host Juju Chang, who co-hosts Nightline, and Linsey Davis, who hosts World news tonight on Sunday, completed.

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