Michael Strahan talks all about Kelly Ripa drama
In an interview, Michael Strahan says that he is portrayed as a bad guy while he is not.
Michael Strahan had never imagined that he would indeed become the face of morning TV. After his 14-year career that was playing in the NFL for the New York Giants, he was on camera often, hosting DIY Network's Backyard Stadiums. He was co-hosting with Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson, Curt Menefee and Howie Long, for the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show. He says, "I never knew I could accomplish so much," the 44-year-old says in retrospect. "But my parents never act surprised. They look at me as if there's no limit. That helped me feel like there's no limit."
The 44-year-old co-host of Good Morning America talks about his relationship with his previous Live! co-host, Kelly Ripa. In an interview, he says he's not "the bad guy."
Strahan tells People,"The most disappointing thing to me was that I was painted as the bad guy, because I value the way I carry myself. "I don't want people to see me as 'Oh, he just ran out, just left them there.' That's just not true."
"At one point I think we were friends," he adds about his relationship with Ripa. "I don't know what happened at the end. I learned a lot from her, though."
Regarding, Ripa's reaction to his departure from work, he says, "I wasn't surprised by her reaction at all, but I can't control somebody else's actions. I was there four years, and it's about more than just being in front of the camera."
The former football pro reveals their one-time friendship isn't the same now. "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."
He further says, "On air, all I could do was control myself. In football, New York is the toughest place to play. One day you're the greatest player they've ever seen, then the next game you're the worst."
"I said, 'Hey, it doesn't matter what their opinion is. All I know is I'm doing my best, and I'm giving it everything I have,'" he continues. "I've been in stadiums with 80,000 people calling me all different kinds of things."
Meanwhile, Ripa is still looking for a new (Live!) co-host and she's in no hurry.
"The show is going to stick to doing a round robin shuffle of guest co-hosts for the time being," a source close to Live! said ET earlier this month. "Kelly likes the dynamic right now, so they're not in a hurry to make a decision anymore."