Did ABC cancel ‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’?
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With ABC News changing the name of “Pandemic: What You Need to Know” to the broader “GMA3: What You Need to Know,” many have been left wondering if that means “GMA3: Strahan, Sara and Keke” has been canceled.
The short answer is that ABC has not made any official announcement about the 1 p.m. eastern block that the newly renamed news program airs in as of July 6, 2020, though sources are saying the show has been canceled.
On one hand, removing the direct reference to the coronavirus pandemic in the title could be a sign ABC is considering keep the program around for the long haul as a look at the big news of the day rather than returning to the soft talk format of “Strahan, Sara and Keke.”
That said, bringing in the “GMA3” reference could be a sign the network is prepping to slowly transition back to the talker hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer.
ABC halted production on “Strahan, Sara and Keke” in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic began to unfurl (at least part of the reason was that the show could no longer have a studio audience due to network health and safety policies).
The network replaced the talk show with a coronavirus centric news special entitled “Pandemic: What You Need to Know” hosted by “GMA” personality Amy Robach.
Haines, meanwhile, began filling in on “The View” while Strahan continued appearing on “GMA.” Palmer stopped appearing regularly on the network, however.
“GMA3: Strahan, Sara and Keke” was created in August 2019 when Palmer was added as a third co-host to what was then known as “Strahan and Sara.”
Prior to that, “Strahan and Sara” was known as “GMA Day” since its September 2018 debut — and the show’s content had remained essentially the same since then.
It’s also worth noting that many daytime talkers take extended hiatuses during the summer months, so ABC could be planning on continuing with the news centric hour until later this year or even into 2021 as the nation heads into what will likely be a busy fall and winter for news as coronavirus continues to spread, social justice issues are debated and the presidential campaign approaches election day.