Forgive us for the pun, but Michael Strahan is receiving a Giants-sized paycheck for leaving "Live! With Kelly and Michael" for "Good Morning America."
The move, though, isn't sitting well with Kelly Ripa, who was apparently blindsided by her cohost of nearly four years or "Live" producer Michael Gelman.
TMZ claims the two heard it for the first time Tuesday morning, leaving them "stunned and upset" since they were in the dark throughout the process and had no plans to replace the NFL legend.
ABC reportedly already had a plan to replace Michael, but the network didn't tell Kelly.
For the network, the move is hugely about presence. For Michael, his wallet is about to be much bigger. The money he'll earn from "GMA" will be fairly equivalent to when he was one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.
TMZ reports that ABC sees the "Live" departure as a smart business move, as it's doing everything within its power to fend off NBC's "Today," which has been gaining immense ground on "GMA" in the ratings department.
A source tells TMZ that the ABC morning show will be "reformatted in September" to play to Michael's strengths. However, George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts need not fear. ABC sees them teamed with Michael as the "three musketeers."
ABC sees the former NFL stud as an "everyday man" who "GMA" just "had to have."
And, they're paying for it, too, giving the NFL Hall of Famer a fortune for his presence.
The celebrity website says Michael is being paid "well into eight figures" for taking the full-time gig. One source said the financial aspects of the deal are "life changing" for Michael, a huge statement for a man who made about $60 million during his playing days with the New York Giants.
In fact, ABC, who is owned by Disney, wanted Michael to join "GMA" so badly that Disney CEO Bob Iger called Michael himself to convince him.
When it comes to Michael, he could be as much of a sure thing as there is. With his energetic presence, "Live" ranks No. 1 among entertainment daytime talk shows among households.
It also ties for first among women between 25 and 54.
Michael, too, has crossover appeal, considering his sports ties. In fact, he is a co-host of "NFL on Fox" on Sundays, and that part of his portfolio won't be changing.
A senior ABC source told CNN that the Strahan move was a "no-brainer," describing it as a way to "strengthen the team with a big star."
So far he seems to have the support of his new team, too. "@michaelstrahan is the ultimate team player," Stephanopoulos tweeted on Tuesday. "Couldn't be happier to have him with us every morning on @gma."
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