Wednesday, June 23, 2021

ABC Cancels ‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Amid Coronavirus Hiatus

Strahan, Sara & Keke
Michael Strahan, Keke Palmer, and Sara Haines GC Images

*”Strahan, Sara & Keke” has reportedly been canceled by ABC, after being pulled off air in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer is being replaced with “GMA 3: What You Need to Know,” Page Six reports.  

The network yet to announce the daytime show is over, but a spokesperson said: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

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An insider explained, “’Strahan, Sara and Keke’ is put on hiatus and it doesn’t look like it’s going to come off.” 

The article says, “staffers will work on “GMA 3,” and  “everyone is still getting paid,” said a source.  Adding, “There’s space for everyone. They’re actively in contact… They’re figuring out what the future will look like,” the insider explained. 

Continuing, “It’s unfortunate, but the hope is that they’ll be a big part of [GMA 3] down the road,” said the source “Everyone was feeling good about their show. It finally found its rhythm. Ratings were stabilized and were starting to tick up when they went off air.”

The news comes almost one month after Strahan told an ABC/Disney anti-racism symposium that he couldn’t “speak up and raise his voice” about the tension he experienced as co-host on “Live with Kelly,” out of fear of retaliation because he’s Black. 

Strahan famously fell out with co-host Kelly Ripa when he quit ‘Live’ for a full time gig on “GMA” in 2016. 

He didn’t refer to the show by name during the town hall, but sources claim “he was referring to the show with his comments,” per Page Six.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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1 COMMENT

  1. I really hate that Strahan, Sara and KeKe has been cancelled it is (was) such a great show. I love The Real, however, I found myself taping The Real so that I could watch Strahan, Sara and KeKe. Could ABC not have changed the time slot maybe but to cancel such a positive show that had something for all ages, not to mention it wasn’t all male, nor female host, not all one age group but we had something everyone could relate to. I hope somehow someway they can put them back on a call it a Re-boot. I felt the host had a genuine respect and love for one another and the way they embraced KeKe after some older viewers refused to watch not giving the young lady a chance. I really didn’t see the issue with them bringing her on board she actually was like a breath of fresh air, that Michael and Sara needed.

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