Michael Strahan the sudden departure of “Live” was one of the biggest stories of 2016.
Already forgotten the nitty-gritty details of the scandal? Experience the year in Strahan.
In January proved to be Michael Strahan are 27-year-old girlfriend had a criminal past. According to the police records, Kayla was Quickly arrested twice: 14 for disorderly conduct, and in 2005 for grand theft after allegedly breaking into her grandmother’s house and stealing $6,000 worth of jewelry.
They may have a criminal record, but Strahan girlfriend can rock a bikini. The couple was spotted splashing around in St. Barts in March. The couple was inseparable while you enjoy cocktails.
Let the drama begin. It all started when Strahan gave a statement that he would leave “Live” or at “Good Morning America” full time in September. Prior to the move, he appeared regularly on the morning show as a correspondent. However, the scandal could have been defused if ABC had just told that his “Live” co-host, Kelly Ripa, about the shake-up. The morning after the announcement, Ripa was absent from “Life”.
“Kelly sees this as the ultimate betrayal,” a source told Page Six at the time. Another source confirmed that Ripa was having a “total meltdown” after he surprised by the news.
In the days after the announcement, more and more information about Ripa and Strahan’s off-screen relationship was revealed. “They could not against each other, and when they communicated off-camera, it was always through their representatives,” an insider told us of the pair, which seemed to be the perfect on-air chemistry.
Strahan saved at a gala he was scheduled to co-host, while Ripa was spotted leaving her apartment with a copy of the book “David and Goliath.” ABC and Strahan claimed that Ripa was already planning to take time off to celebrate her 20th anniversary with her husband Mark Consuelos, Ripa sent an e-mail to the staff to thank them for giving of her time to “process” the new information.
Ripa returned to “Live” on April 26, and openly discussed what is going on behind the scenes.
“I’m pretty sure that there are trained professional snipers with tranquilizer darts in case I drift too far from the message,” she joked. “I had a few days to collect my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I have earned the right.” She said that the past few days, the situation opened doors to a better communication, attention and respect. She congratulated Strahan on his new position, saying she was “thrilled” and “proud” of him. On the same day, ABC revealed Strahan would be leaving the show four months earlier than expected, making its last day, May 13.
The dramatic week ended with an on-air dig of Ripa about his divorce.
Kelly and Michael remained in existence, at the office, and the pair even nabbed a Daytime Emmy for their show, but none of them showed at the award ceremony in Los Angeles to claim the award.
On the other hand, things seemed good for Strahan and his criminal friend, who were spotted on a date during the aftermath of the scandal.
Strahan co-hosted his last show on May 13, and after the show, sources told us that Ripa and Strahan had a private reconciliation. “It was all very positive,” the source told us of their talk, but even if they the mood of the room was “festive” after he left. Almost immediately, photos of Strahan were removed and replaced by a solo recordings of Ripa. A source compared the “the first day of school.”
Strahan was given the roasting of his departure with his new co-host, Robin Roberts, and things seemed to calm down. He remained tight-lipped about everything that happened, it would not be granting interviews to the press.
“I get the desire to move people to other places where they are needed. I get it,” Ripa said in May. “But what no one considered is there a whole other group of people who are the real consequences, because we now need to find another nice person. That is fun, but challenging.”
At the end of May, speculation about who would take over for Strahan was all anyone could talk about. Names of Anderson Cooper, Fred Savage were floating around.
In June, Strahan finally broke his silence. “I really haven’t missed it,” he told Chelsea Handler in his first interview after-Life. “But I thought it was great. Don’t get me wrong. I thought it was great. When you need a break, sometimes you go, ‘Wow, I needed it.” I need a break.”
His arrival on “Good Morning America” and led to a whole series of new rumors on ABC. Sources said that Lara Spencer may be leaving and that George Stephanopoulos would focus more on the politics, while Strahan took a lead anchor.
In the beginning of July, it was revealed that a part of Strahan’s deal on “GMA” forced him to drop it and all the attachments. ABC News staff members are prohibited from endorsement deals, which meant that he was no longer able to promote things such as Subway, Pizza Hut, Metamucil, or anything else he had done in the past. Also that he would begin to cover more serious news, and Strahan was a little nervous about the change.
“His background is football, not journalism,” a source told Page Six, adding that they would be easing him into the hard-hitting news.
By August the dust had settled and the biggest news was still trying to find a replacement for Strahan on “Live.”
Just when things seemed to have blown over, Strahan did an interview with People in and admitted that he and Ripa were no longer friends. “At one point, I think that we were friends. I don’t know what happened at the end,” he said. “I wasn’t surprised by her reaction, but I can’t control someone else’s actions.”
He was supposed to be on the cover of that week’s People magazine, but was booted to make room for Brangelina’s split.
ABC execs were less than thrilled about Strahan an interview with the magazine. “They thought he was, and here he is regurgitating. It is a kind of clear that they are not happy … Everyone thought that he’d moved on,” a source told us.
By September, Ripa had received a promotion to executive producer on “Life.” We were told that Bob Iger smoothed things over by giving Ripa the new title.
Vanity Fair released their list of people who fell out of favor in 2016, and Ben Sherwood, the president of Disney/ABC television group, got a special shout-out for the way he treated Strahan leaving the show and the fact that Ripa was surprised by the news.
Leave it to Andy Cohen to painful topics. Cohen, who is an old friend of Ripa, wrote in his book that his comments during the “Live” scandal pain Strahan feelings. At the time, Cohen said that he didn’t understand how Strahan could leave “the greatest job in the TV one of the five people” on “Good Morning America.”
Apparently, in May, Cohen ran into Strahan. “Go to dinner, I walked right in to Michael Strahan, who said he can’t believe that I put it on that way, that he was so surprised that I am a member of the pileup,” Cohen wrote, adding that they spoke with and “cuddled” that night.
For now, it seems like the “Live” nightmare is finally over. Both parties seem to have moved, but who knows what 2017.
This article originally appeared on Page Six.