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Michael Strahan's 'personal' reason for GMA absence revealed – all we know on when he'll return

The Good Morning America anchor also hosts The $100,000 Pyramid and Fox's NFL Sunday

Former New York Giants player Michael Strahan speaks during the ceremony to retire his number at half time of the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 28, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.© Getty Images
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
November 6, 2023
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Michael Strahan's fans were left disappointed once again when, on the morning of Monday, November 6, he was absent from his usual seat on Good Morning America once again.

However, the reason for his time away has finally been revealed. According to an ABC News spokesperson, the beloved TV anchor is dealing with personal matters.

"Michael Strahan will not be with us this week as he is dealing with some personal family matters," a representative for the network shared in a statement with HELLO!. "We appreciate everyone's thoughts and concerns."

Michael Strahan gets kicked off GMA related event in funny footage

Michael himself has remained away from social media for the time being, last sharing an Instagram post on October 25, which was a promotional clip from his other ABC show, The $100,000 Pyramid.

The 51-year-old TV personality has similarly been absent from Fox's NFL Sunday over the past two weekends, with Fox Sports commentator Curt Menefee telling viewers yesterday Michael was "dealing with a personal family matter."

The anchor was also absent from the ABC News initiative over the weekend to run the NYC Marathon as a relay in support of NYRR's Team for Kids.

Janai Norman on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "Good Morning America," Monday, February 11, 2018. "Good Morning America" airs Monday-Friday on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images.
The reason for Michael Strahan's absence has been revealed

His co-anchor Robin Roberts ran part of the 26.2 mile tour, and was joined by Deborah Roberts, David Muir, Linsey Davis, Ginger Zee, DeMarco Morgan, and more ABC News reporters.

As of now, there is no official word on when Michael will return to the show, although viewers can expect to see his seat beside Robin and George Stephanopoulos filled by other anchors for the rest of the week.

READ: Michael Strahan's GMA co-stars show support as he discusses 'another job' during time away

Along with his various TV gigs, Michael is also an entrepreneur, fronting his own line of eponymous apparel and skincare products. He is now also an empty nester after his twin daughters, Isabella and Sophia, departed the family home for college this August.

Show coverage of "Good Morning America" on Friday, August 18, 2023 on ABC. 
"Michael Strahan will not be with us this week as he is dealing with some personal family matters."

He's previously opened up about finding fall (and the upcoming holiday season) the busiest time of the year, and talked about needing to stick to a schedule to coast through it.

MORE: GMA’s Michael Strahan reveals ‘inspiring’ new TV gig away from show

Speaking to People, he said: "The fall is the busiest time of the year, between my weekday work for GMA and my weekends on FOX NFL Sunday. The days are action-packed, so I have to get my routine down and still have fun while we do it."

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He added: "Whether I’m getting ready for a live shot like this or on GMA, or an action-packed studio show on FOX NFL Sunday, I have to put in the work to prepare."

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In the midst of all his various commitments, the former New York Giants pro even flew out to Los Angeles last month to act as a guest judge on an episode of Dancing with the Stars.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Motown Night - 3203" - The judges said "I Want You Back" to the 12 remaining couples, and now it's time for them to move and groove on the ballroom floor with all-new dances showing off their soulful side. "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan sits in at the judges table.
Michael also acted as a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars season 32

He was part of the panel on week three, Motown Night, alongside regular judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough, and Bruno Tonioli.

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