Michael Strahan On Kelly Ripa And His Exit From ‘Live’: ‘I Was Painted As The Bad Guy’

By: 09.21.16

How are you doing? Still sobbing on a smashed mountain of commemorative Live! with Kelly and Michael plates? First of all, see a doctor to treat your plate shard wounds. Second of all, Michael Strahan hopes you don’t think of him as a bad guy for how his exit from the show went down.

The former Giants great and current human-sized television personality spoke with People about the disappointment he felt with how the public reacted to this messy morning chat show divorce. (You may remember how there was a bit of a brouhaha turned full-on sh*tstorm in the great Drowsy Media War of 2016 between Strahan and co-host Kelly Ripa.) Speaking with the outlet, Strahan confessed he was hurt that he was presented as the villain in this morning show controversy.

“The most disappointing thing to me was that I was painted as the bad guy, because I value the way I carry myself,” offered Strahan in his chat with People. “I don’t want people to see me as ‘Oh, he just ran out, just left them there.’ That’s just not true.”

Strahan had been at his Live post since 2012 and snagged a couple Daytime Emmys during his run with the program. Things took an abrupt turn with the pair’s working relationship when Strahan announced that he was accepting a Good Morning America co-hosting offer.

“At one point I think we were friends. I don’t know what happened at the end. I learned a lot from her, though,” shared the morning host on what could be a shattered relationship. “Toward the end of it all, we didn’t really communicate that much… I kinda looked at it like, ‘It was what it was.’ I come from a business where you have to collaborate. The show was going well? We’re all winning. That’s all that matters to me.”

Meanwhile, Regis Philbin is fogging up the glass in the “in case of emergency…” box located in the Live! with Kelly studio.

(Via People)

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