Michael Strahan closed the gap in his front teeth. It had been his signature. But his dentist erased the space in two visits.
“It’ll be 50 years in the making,” Strahan said as he was sitting in the dentist’s chair.
And Strahan’s fans went crazy over the change. He knew they probably would. The Good Morning America host Strahan mentioned them in the video clip he posted to his social media accounts. It’s one reason he didn’t ask friends or family about whether he should close the gap.
Only his dentist knew. Everybody else, he said, would’ve tried to talk him out of making the change in his appearance.
Michael Strahan Fans React, As Expected
Here’s a sampling of some of the reaction:
“I feel like Michael Strahan getting his gap fixed is a April Fools joke like AD shaving his unibrow.”
“Michael Strahan may have fixed the gap in his teeth, but he created a bigger gap in my heart.”
“Me: You see Michael Strahan closed his gap?! I think I like him with it better!!
Forest: You like him because of Magic Mike XXL.
Me: No I liked him before then but that movie certainly did help.”
And: “Michael Strahan no longer having a gap is the biggest blow we’ve ever had in the gap tooth community. Say a prayer for us tonight.”
NFL Hall of Famer Said Last Week He Was Proud of the Gap
A week ago, Michael Strahan brought up the gap on his Instagram account. He probably was preparing fans for his eventual change. But in this case, he reimagined some of his friends with a gap-toothed smile.
He posted: “I rock my gap with pride! It’s who I am! Which of my friends do you think can rock it with me??? swipe right #ItDoesntFitEveryone.”
He included a photo gallery with doctored photos of Deion Sanders, Tom Brady and Dwayne Johnson, along with his former day-time hosts Sara Haines and Keke Palmer. He also included photos of Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, who he works with on GMA.
Tom Brady responded to Strahan’s post, saying: “I think we are on to something here.”
Lindsey Vonn, who also was in the gallery, told Strahan she used to rock a gap. “Well, until I had braces, I had one … you should try them.”
Michael Strahan has thought about making the change in previous years. Back in 2012, he told Elle magazine:
“I was at the dentist having him do mock-ups. (And) I thought about it, man…I was in my twenties,” he recalled. “I was playing with the Giants. There’s so much pressure to be perfect. You can fix anything now. For me, I made the conscious effort to say, ‘This is who I am.’ I’m not perfect. I don’t want to be perfect. At this point, I don’t think my kids would recognize me without it.”