‘GMA’s’ Michael Strahan Talks About His Strained Relationship With Kelly Ripa

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘GMA’s’ Michael Strahan Talks About His Strained Relationship With Kelly Ripa

Former professional soccer participant Michael Strahan has change into a fixture in broadcast tv. Serving as co-host on ABC’s Good Morning America, the community’s afternoon present Strahan, Sara, and Keke, and soccer analyst of Fox NFL Sunday, Strahan is clearly thriving in his new profession since retiring from the NFL.

Strahan’s first high-profile gig headlining a present was with Kelly Ripa when he took over for Regis Philbin on the syndicated speak present Live! His sudden departure for GMA prompted fairly a public stir in addition to an obvious rift between himself and Ripa.

Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa | Lester Cohen/WireImage

Taking over for Regis

According to Newsweek, Strahan began as subbing as a co-host for Live! With Regis and Kelly in 2010. When Philbin retired from the present in 2011, a number of candidates have been paired with Ripa to see who would make the very best pairing. In 2012, Strahan was employed and the present was rebranded as Live! With Kelly and Michael.

When it was all of a sudden introduced in April 2016 that Strahan was leaving Live! to sit on Good Morning America, Ripa felt blindsided. After the information broke, Ripa didn’t present up for work for the remainder off the week. Upon her return, she addressed viewers and the reside viewers.

“I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right,” ,” she mentioned of her absence. “In that time, I gained some perspective.”

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The former All My Children star additionally made a degree of congratulating Strahan.  “I am thrilled for Michael. I am thrilled for you. This is a tremendous opportunity,” Ripa mentioned on digital camera. “I and we couldn’t be prouder of you and everything we accomplished together.”

Strahan’s NYT interview

In a current interview with The New York Times Magazine, Strahan was requested in regards to the distinction between enjoying soccer and dealing in tv. The former NFL participant’s response could have contained an underlying message about his former position on the daytime speak present.

“In sports, you can put as many great players as you want on a team, but if one guy out there is worried about himself, it will not work,” he mentioned, including, “Then on television, I’ve had jobs where I got there and felt like: Wow, I didn’t know I was supposed to be a sidekick. I thought I was coming here to be a partner.”

As for the way Strahan’s exit was orchestrated, he admits a unique tack ought to have been taken but wasn’t thrilled with being perceived as abandoning the present. “It could have been handled better,” he mentioned. “I didn’t get up and say, ‘I need a job at ‘GMA.’ I used to be requested to do it by the individuals who run the community… But it was handled as if I used to be the man who walked in and mentioned, ‘I’m leaving.’ That half was completely misconstrued, mishandled in each manner.”

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Relationship with Ripa

Despite the effectively needs Ripa gave Strahan on his final day in May 2016, their relationship was clearly strained at that time. “I learned through all that went down with that, you can’t convince people to like you,” Strahan advised Time in January 2019, saying he hadn’t had any current communication with Ripa .“I haven’t spoken to her in a long time.”

Today, Strahan maintains he was his true self all through the whole course of. “I remained the same person I was from Day 1. One thing I will not do is alter my attitude for somebody else’s,” he mentioned, then went on to reward his former colleagues. “I discovered a lot from Kelly, a lot from [Live! Executive Producer] Michael Gelman. When it was time to go, it was time to go. Certain issues that have been occurring behind the scenes simply caught up.”

The Strahan, Sara and Keke co-host revealed he tried to maintain the strains of communication open with Ripa, however over time was unsuccessful. “One thing I tried to do is have a meeting every few weeks with her,” he mentioned of Ripa. “We met a few times, and that was fine. But then eventually she said she didn’t need to meet. Can’t force somebody to do something they don’t want to do.”

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In the NYT Magazine interview, Strahan was selective of his reward for his former colleague and gave a shout out to Philbin, who initially launched the present in 1985.

“If you look at the show, it really hasn’t changed since Regis started the damn thing. He created this formula. It’s kind of a plug-and-play,” Strahan defined. “You learn how to craft a story. Those are things that I learned from her. She’s brilliant in that way. If people think, Oh, he hates her — I don’t hate her. I do respect her for what she can do at her job. I cannot say enough about how good she is at her job.”

Though they’re now not an on-air group, each Ripa and Strahan have firmly made their mark in daytime tv.

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