"Good Morning America" is ever-changing.
As Michael Strahan is about to take on his new role on the morning show in September, TV insiders told Page Six to expect some talent changes.
Sources said that Michael will take on a lead anchor role while George Stephanopoulos focuses more on politics and that Lara Spencer may not be on the show for long.
"There are big changes coming to 'GMA,' " the source said. "Lara could be out, and George will be seen less at the main anchor desk with Robin Roberts. Instead, Michael will be appearing more while George focuses on politics and hard news."
Another source echoed that Lara will be leaving.
"Amy Robach is safe. Michael doesn't want to do news — he's not going to cover Libya or Brexit. Amy does the news well, and they need a newscaster. But Lara does human interest stories and entertainment, like Britney Spears or 'a cat in a tree' and 'my favorite pickle!' Michael wants to do all that. He does not want to do gun violence."
Their source added, "Lara knows she's out. She has 'Flea Market Flip' — and she's going to go back to that world. She knows her time is up. Michael's the star."
ABC denies that the show is undergoing any talent change. "Good Morning America" spokeswoman Heather Riley denied that Michael will be taking on George's lead role.
"There is no truth to this. Of course George will be focused on politics, and no one is being groomed to take his place," she said. "Lara isn't going anywhere, and Amy will have the same important role on the show as she has for the past three years."
Meanwhile, the search for Kelly Ripa's co-host to replace Michael continues. Jeff Gordon's name was most recently thrown into the mix as a possibility for "Live! With Kelly."
"I am flattered that my name has been associated with that," he told the Associated Press on June 25. "I've always maintained a great friendship with the show, some of the producers and folks within the show. I had a great time cohosting, and I certainly would welcome it."
Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Jerry O'Connell, Rob Lowe and Mario Lopez are all rumored to be on the short list too. A new co-host announcement is expected to come before the show's annual summer break in August.
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