Michael Strahan’s absence from Good Morning America this week is due to personal family matters, according to a statement from an ABC spokesperson to PEOPLE. Strahan’s hiatus from the morning news show commenced on October 26, leading Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang and World News Tonight’s Linsey Davis to temporarily assume his responsibilities.
The accomplished former professional football player made a significant career move in 2016 when he joined Good Morning America full-time after leaving Live With Kelly and Michael. His charismatic presence and insightful commentary have made him a beloved figure on the show. However, Strahan has been noticeably absent from his role as an analyst on Fox NFL Sunday for the past two weeks. On Sunday, Fox Sports commentator Curt Menefee clarified Strahan’s absence, attributing it to a personal family matter.
In addition to his television duties, Michael Strahan is known for his social media presence, but he has not posted any updates since October 25, when he promoted his game show, The $100,000 Pyramid.
Strahan’s family is of great importance to him. He is the father of four adult children: Tanita, Michael Jr., Isabella, and Sophia. His first marriage to Wanda Hutchins from 1992 to 1996 brought forth his two older children, Tanita (31) and Michael Jr. (28). He later had 19-year-old twins, Isabella and Sophia, with his second wife, Jean Muggli, to whom he was married from 1999 to 2006.
As the beloved TV personality takes this time to address personal family matters, his fans and colleagues wish him well and eagerly anticipate his return to the screen when he is ready.