‘Strahan & Sara’ play musical chairs on second day amid ‘Chairgate’
Television audiences are a finicky bunch.
After “GMA Day” changed its name to “Strahan & Sara” Monday, Jan. 30, 2019, and updated its set and graphics along with it, quite a number of viewers took to social media complaining about co-hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines mid-century modern style chairs.
So, today, the hosts labeled the “scandal” “Chairgate” and showcased viewer photos of alternative suggestions — that included everything from worn officer chairs to dental assistant chairs to recliners.
The show is encouraging users to post photos of their chairs using the hashtag “#Dare2Chair” that will be showcased on the show.
After discussing those options, Strahan and Haines stood up and floor crew members swapped out their chairs to a wingback armchair for Strahan in green and red plain and an antique-style side chair for Haines — both that look like they came straight from a rummage sale.
The viewers’ reactions to the chairs is a bit surprising, given the popularity of mid-century modern design these days, along with America’s love of vintage — though perhaps that trend is on its way out.