Michael Strahan had one wish: to get slapped by soap opera legend Susan Lucci. That wish came true recently on Good Morning America. Along with his colleagues Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, the football player-turned-television host first discussed heart health with Lucci as part of National Stroke Awareness Month.
But it didn’t take long for All My Children to come up. That’s when Strahan asked Lucci, who portrayed the iconic role of Erica Kane, from 1970 to 2011, to give him a slap. “You are known for the slap,” the former NFL player said. “Can you teach me how to do the fake slap?”
The 76-year-old actress assured Strahan that although she would not actually hit him, they had to angle the camera in the right position to make it appear as though the slap is real. Putting on his best angry face, Strahan pretended to have a heated confrontation with Lucci, who then came at him with the fake slap. The NFL Hall of Famer fell to the floor as Roberts, Stephanopoulos, and the studio audience broke out with laughter.
“You sold that!” Lucci said while applauding Strahan’s acting skills. Meanwhile, the 51-year-old GMA host quipped, “You know what? My life is now made. I’ve retired, everybody!”
We’re convinced that Strahan may have missed his calling as a soap opera star!
Catch the funny moment below:
Crowned “Daytime’s Leading Lady” by TV Guide, Lucci was once the highest-paid actor on daytime TV. Over the course of All My Children, Lucci was nominated a whopping 21 times for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the Daytime Emmy Awards. She only took home the coveted award once though in 1999 after her 19th nomination. “I’m going to go back to that studio Monday and I’m going to play Erica Kane for all she’s worth,” she said during her famous speech.