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Here's How Michael Strahan & Keke Palmer Surprised Sara Haines on Her 43rd Birthday

Kagweni Micheni
Sep 22, 2020
12:30 P.M.
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It was Sara Haines' birthday and Michael Strahan and Keke Palmer honored their co-host with a special birthday surprise. Check out what they planned. 


Last year it was announced that Keke Palmer would be joining the "Good Morning America" team with Michael Strahan and Sarah Haines. And while the future of the show is uncertain, the bond between the co-stars is not. 

Recently, Haines celebrated her 43rd birthday and while the trio may be separated due to the coronavirus pandemic, her co-hosts made sure they honored their friend. 


Haines, who now works on "The View," shared a video to her Instagram page revealing that her former co-stars had virtually dropped in on her show, writing that the band was back together. 

In the clip, Haines is about to close the show when Palmer and Strahan surprise her. Palmer tells her that she would not have let the day end without wishing her friend a happy birthday. She added:

"I've missed you so much Sarah, you look absolutely gorgous, and I wanted you to have the very best birthday you could possibly have, so you guys bring out the cake."


In the studio, Haines is treated to confetti and a cake is brought in for her before Strahan pops onto the screen to give her a special message. 

In the video, the former football player praised Haines, saying that everything about her was about love and that he was blessed to have her as his friend. 

[Strahan] felt like he could not speak or raise his voice with executives as he would be seen as threatening. 


The trio had initially appeared together on Good Morning America's thrid hour dubbed as "Strahan, Sara and Keke." However, earlier this year, it was announced that the show would be temporarily suspended.

In its place, ABC decided to show "Pandemic: What You Need to Know," led by Amy Robach. Palmer spoke about the cancellation saying that she expected it to happen. She said:

"We do a little bit of news, but it’s entertainment. It’s a different time now, so some of the conversation has changed, and I think that kind of pushed ‘SSK’ out. So I expected it.”


The news that the show was being canceled came a month after Strahan had opened up about the network, revealing that he felt like he could not speak or raise his voice with executives as he would be seen as threatening. 

Speaking during an anti-racism symposium, Strahan did not name "Live with Kelly," where he co-hosted from 2012-2016. However, an insider revealed that he was referring to the show. 

Michael Strahan, Keke Palmer, and Sara Haines are seen together in January 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

The source revealed that during an incident where an executive got argumentative during the show, the former sports legend was very aware that he could not speak up or raise his voice. 

In a previous interview, Strahan also admitted that he felt like he was a sidekick on the show where he had expected to be partners with his co-hosts.