GMA’s Gio Benitez admits live on air co-star ‘pretends not to know him’ as he anchors show while Michael Strahan is away

GMA star Gio Benitez has admitted one of his co-hosts pretended not to know him after the broadcaster appeared as a crossword clue.

Benitez, 36, opened the morning show on August 15 alongside hosts Robin Roberts and Amy Robach while Michael Strahan was absent.

GMA's Gio Benitez joked that co-star Sam Champion pretended not to know him after appearing as a crossword clue

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GMA’s Gio Benitez joked that co-star Sam Champion pretended not to know him after appearing as a crossword clueCredit: GMA
The hosts on Monday's show made a joke at Benitez's expense

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The hosts on Monday’s show made a joke at Benitez’s expenseCredit: GMA

Roberts, 61, appeared to change the broadcaster’s name as she quipped she was sitting next to “102 Down”.

The joke was cracked just days after Benitez appeared a clue in the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.

Benitez said: “You know it’s funny because the clue.. it said ‘Benitez of TV news’. Sam Champion texted back straightaway ‘I thought the answer was Bob’.”

The broadcaster jokingly tweeted that Champion “pretends he doesn’t know me”.

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Benitez, who also appears on World News Tonight, 20/20, and Nightline, led the discussion on many of the issues on the show.

He first sat in the anchor’s seat on July 14 and his appearance was widely welcomed by viewers.

Last month, Benitez and Robach appeared to shock GMA fans following a supposed NSFW interaction.

Viewers realized that Strahan was absent from their screens on Monday.

Asking Roberts, one woman tweeted: “Love Gio and Amy but where are your partners in crime? Missing Michael Strahan and George Stephanopoulos.”

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Strahan shared two snaps of himself donning two shirts from his own fashion label.

He asked his millions of Instagram followers: “Which shirt is your favorite? I can’t decide. I love them all! (Not bias at all lol).”

Strahan, who is the host of the 100k Pyramid, tweeted a series of GIFs from the show.

The show has since moved to a new broadcast time as it airs at 9/8C.

Season six of the quiz had been airing at 10pm on ABC following its premiere on July 10.

During Sunday’s episode, the former NFL star appeared to be snubbed by Cedric the Entertainer.

Strahan asked the comedian: “Ced, we haven’t hung out in while. After the show tonight we are going to hit it, right?”

But Cedric replied: “No, Michael.

“People don’t know if you hang out with Michael, he’s got such a big personality people never remember that you’re in the room.

“I’ve been out with him and people were like ‘o man Michael Strahan…and Ced was there’.”

The presenter replied: “Just cos I’m tall with a gap.”

Sharing the clip, Strahan wrote: “Did @cedtheentertainer just make up an excuse to not hang out with me???? LOLOLOL

“Thankfully he stuck around for an all-new episode of @pyramidabc!”

Strahan last week posted a video on social media and wrote about the importance of doing what you enjoy.

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He wrote: “We have a lot of fun messing around because I always say if you’re not having fun and enjoying what you do, why are you doing it??

“Surround yourself with people who do the same”

Former NFL star Michael Strahan was absent from viewers screens on Monday

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Former NFL star Michael Strahan was absent from viewers screens on MondayCredit: Getty

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