ABC’s popular ‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ show which features co-hosts Michael Strahan, Sara Hanes, and Keke Palmer on ‘Good Morning America’ will be heading for a hiatus. According to Page Six, it is temporarily going off the air in place of a a daily coronavirus special report.
This report will be titled “Pandemic: What You Need to Know” and will be anchored by Amy Robach. Experts will appear on the show as they discuss health concerns regarding the virus. ABC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton will also be a frequent guest.
Among other topics regarding the coronavirus coverage will bring are how to adapt to life not being the same anymore due to effects of the virus, students completing schoolwork from home, and mental health issues sustained while having to participate in social distancing. There are also many myths about the virus so ABC will also be bringing service-based workers and corporate CEOs, and human interest stories to shut down these myths and to bring viewers the correct information on how to handle the virus.
Despite Strahan not being on ‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’, he will still be on the regular Good Morning America program. ABC has had to go through some other changes as well as an ABC News staffer in Seattle recently tested positive for COVID-19. Luckily, the employee’s symptoms were just mild.
“The symptoms were mild, and I’m glad to report our colleague is feeling much better already. We’re wishing for a full and speedy recovery,” said ABC News President James Goldston in a memo Monday.
Due to this incident, the ABC News team in Seattle has since been told to self-isolate to see if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19.
“Out of an abundance of caution, as health officials advise, last week we told the entire Seattle coverage team to self isolate and monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19,” said said ABC News President James Goldston. “We immediately took steps to increase our protocols for cleaning and sanitizing the bureau, including frequently touched surfaces, the work stations and public areas.”
Up until August of last year, Palmer was a temporary co-host for Good Morning America as the show was only ‘Strahan and Sara.’ The two surprised Palmer on the show in August as they changed the logo to ‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ together.
Viewer reaction to Palmer switching to a full-time role was positive as she’s viewed as someone with a very outgoing personality and also one of the most talented actresses out. The show being postponed now is disappointing but hopefully, we can go back to living normal lives soon and spreading of the virus slows down.
— GMA3: What You Need To Know (@ABCGMA3) August 26, 2019