Michael Strahan didn't close his iconic tooth gap after all.
Earlier this week, the Good Morning America host, 49, had the internet stunned when he shared a video of him visiting Dr. Lee Gause of Smile Design Manhattan to close the gap in his two front teeth. On Thursday (April 1), the host shared a follow-up post with a ghost-print mask to offer a "#GoodbyeGap update" and reveal that the surgery was, ultimately, an April Fools' prank.
"I appreciate all the comments. I was surprised, to be honest with you, at how many people were like, ‘No, don't get rid of the gap! It's your signature!'" Strahan explained in the two-minute clip. "I didn't know so many people really cared...But I appreciate all the love for the gap. I've had it for almost 50 years now, and a lot of people out there would always say, 'Yeah you make me feel good about rocking mine.' I know it was a shocker to see it gone."
"The gap is here to stay for a little while," he continued. "Not going anywhere anytime soon, so, April Fool's Day, everybody. I had a good time, and I feel really bad about actually not closing it after everything that I saw, but the gap is here. The gap is here to stay. It's not going anywhere for a little while. My mama likes it, so, there you go -- for you, Mama."
Back in 2011, the Super Bowl XLII champion revealed that he had considered removing his gap some time ago when a dentist showed him mock-ups when he was in his twenties. "There’s so much pressure to be perfect. You can fix everything now. For me, I made the conscious effort to say, 'This is who I am.' I’m not perfect. I don’t want to try to be perfect," he told Elle at the time. "At this point, I don’t think my kids would recognize me without it. They’d be like, ‘Who is this stranger in the house? Call 911!'"