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Michael Strahan lengthy absence from GMA comes to an end

The Good Morning America host has been missing from the show for weeks

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Hannah Hargrave
Hannah HargraveUS Deputy Editor
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Michael Strahan has returned to GMA? The host has been noticeably absent from his role alongside Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos over the summer but he returned just in time for Labor Day.

Michael has been spending time on the west coast to film his game show, $100,000 Pyramid, but enjoyed some downtime over the weekend, when he appeared to be on vacation. 

Alongside some sun-soaked images of himself in a pool, and indulging in a cocktail and a cigar, he wrote: "Happy #LaborDay weekend! Last Sunday before @nflonfox #NFL football! Hopefully you enjoyed your summer as much as I did! Cheers."

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Fans commented: "I love summer but I can’t wait for NFL!!!!! Enjoy!" and, "Best pic ever!!! Glad to see you maxin relaxin."

Others said they couldn't wait to see him back serving as an analyst on the popular pre-game show. 

There were many comments from his social media followers who were eager to find out if the end of his vacation would see him also returning to GMA in New York - and they got their wish when he was back behind the desk on Monday morning. 

The popular ABC morning show has had a series of shake-ups over the summer as hosts have taken time off to be with their family or to work on other projects. 

Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan on GMA© Getty Images
Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan have all enjoyed time off GMA over the summer

Most recently, Robin Roberts revealed she was stepping back from her role ahead of her wedding to Amber Laign

On Wednesday, she told viewers that it was her last day on-air before her September nuptials.

Robin Roberts and Amber Laign during their Good Morning America bachelorette party© Instagram/GMA
The GMA team will attend Robin's wedding to Amber Laign

While they haven't revealed the date to fans, the big day is inching ever-closer and it's likely that all of her GMA co-host will be in attendance. 

They threw Robin a wonderful on-air bachelorette party last month. Michael, George and Lara Spencer were present, as well as ABC anchors Deborah Roberts, Juju Chang and Martha Raddatz. 

Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan© Fred Lee
The GMA family are a close-knit team

The Rookie: Feds star Niecy Nash Betts and CBS' Gayle King also appeared, plus legendary girl group En Vogue performed.

Amber and Robin met 18 years ago in September 2005 after being set up on a blind date, making this month an extra special time for them to walk down the aisle. 

Robin Roberts with her fiancée Amber Laign© Rich Polk
Robin and Amber are getting married

Michael and Robin share an incredible friendship, onscreen and off, so he's unlikely to miss it. When he was awarded his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the beginning of the year, Robin jetted to be by his side in Los Angeles. 

On their return to the studios in the Big Apple, she expressed how proud she was of her dear friend, leaving Michael visibly humbled on-air.

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