Michael Strahan with Lara Spencer on Good Morning America
Ida Mae Astute/ABC
04/15/2014 at 07:00 AM EDT
made it really
official Tuesday when he proudly marched onto the set of Good Morning America
's lifestyle anchor, Lara Spencer, kept noting throughout the 7 a.m. hour, before Strahan appeared, that whatever it was he was there to announce was hardly a surprise. She then embraced him when he entered, shortly after 8.
Co-anchor Robin Roberts
noted that a red carpet had been rolled out for him, while George Stephanopoulos
said, "A super-sized personality deserves a super-sized cup," and handed Strahan a Texas-sized coffee mug.
When Stephanopoulos also presented the new arrival with a shiny new alarm clock, Strahan noted that it wasn't set to the correct time, but said, "It's a pleasure to get up early."
"We're so excited," said Roberts. "You're going to join us a couple days a week." It was also said that Strahan would handle stories that interested him.
As was reported at the beginning of the month
, the Live!
co-host and former New York Giants defensive end, 42, was in line to join the top-rated morning program for some time.
The show recently bid farewell to two of its longtime regulars, newscaster Josh Elliott
and weather expert Sam Champion
, who left for NBC Sports and the Weather Channel, respectively.
On April 1, Strahan told his Live!
co-host, Kelly Ripa
, that should a GMA
gig kick in for him – as news stories were saying it would – he had every intention of continuing to costar
with her on their 9 a.m. show.
She said she'd have the coffee ready for him.