Michael Strahan was on the set Sunday of the football-centered program “Fox NFL Sunday,” which brought an end to his two-week hiatus to deal with “some personal family matters.”
The previous two weekends Strahan had been a no-show on the sports show, where he serves as an analyst. Game-day coverage on Oct. 22 was his most recent appearance before this past weekend.
The 51-year-old former football player returned to “Fox NFL Sunday” as the show celebrated Veterans Day with a live show recorded at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. Strahan’s father was an Army major, and the Super Bowl champion spent some of his childhood at an Army base in Mannheim, Germany.
However, the NFL Hall of Famer did not show up to the set of “Good Morning America” on Monday. Strahan typically appears alongside a rotating cast that includes Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee. During his absence, either “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang or Linsey Davis, host of the Sunday edition of “World News Tonight,” has filled his seat.
The Times has learned that Strahan is scheduled to return to “GMA” Tuesday morning and that he regularly misses Monday episodes of the New York City-based news show after filming the L.A.-based “Fox NFL Sunday” the previous day.
“GMA” did not immediately respond Monday to The Times’ request for comment.
The “GMA” co-anchor’s last appearance on the ABC News show came on Oct. 26.
“Michael Strahan will not be with us this week as he is dealing with some personal family matters,” an ABC News spokesperson told The Times last week. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and concerns.”
The NFL player turned host joined “GMA” as a part-time co-host in 2014. He left his popular syndicated talk show “Live With Kelly and Michael” in 2016 to become a full-time co-anchor on ABC’s flagship morning show, aiming to help boost its ratings as NBC competitor “Today” gained ground on “GMA’s” dominance as the most-watched morning show in the United States.
Strahan played for the New York Giants for 15 seasons as a defensive end and is widely considered among the best defensive players of his era. He capped off his career with a Super Bowl victory in 2007 against the New England Patriots.