UPDATED 4/1, 4:30 p.m. ET: Michael Strahan revealed that his gap surgery was indeed an April Fool’s joke. Watch the big reveal below.
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Television personality and former NFL star Michael Strahan shared a curiously timed video on Tuesday showing himself getting the iconic gap in his front teeth closed. April Fools’ Day is right around the corner, after all.
According to TMZ, Strahan went with Dr. Lee Gause of Smile Design Manhattan to get the procedure, which looks to be only a temporary piece that’s removable, done. “This is the moment, 50 years in the making,” Strahan says in the clip, which is captioned, “I did it. #GoodbyeGap.”
Despite the video, it seems unlikely that the 49-year-old permanently closed the gap in his teeth. Just a few days ago Strahan took to Instagram to talk about his famous gap and how he’s proud of it.
“I rock my gap with pride,” he wrote in the post. “It’s who I am! Which of my friends do you think can rock it with me???”
In a 2012 interview with Elle, Strahan was asked about his smile and if he ever though about closing his gap. Although he said that he was “close to closing it up” at one point, he eventually decided against moving forward with the procedure and embracing the look.
“I was in my twenties,” Strahan said at the time. “I was playing with the Giants. 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. 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!’”