Michael Strahan finally opened up about his departure from ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’
Two years after his extremely controversial exit “Live” Michael Strahan is opening up about his decision to leave and why he has no regrets about the way things went with Kelly Ripa.
Speak to Graham Bensinger, the 46-year-old former Super Bowl champion and Emmy-winning TV star discussed his abrupt exit from “Live” and his decision to join the cast of “Good Morning America” full time.
“There is nothing that I would have done differently,” he said to the host. “I did it as professional as you can handle and I have been a professional from day one until the last day that I left… I had the chance to do something that most people don’t, I got a chance to evolve; to make different, creative things.”
As previously reported, Strahan announced in 2016, that he was leaving “Live” after four consecutive years of co-hosting alongside Kelly Ripa, who is on her 17th year hosting the show.
Ripa only found out about Strahan’s choice to leave a few minutes before it was announced on the air. This reportedly caused friction on the set, in which Ripa to take time for a few days immediately following the news. Eventually she would be back, and Ryan Seacrest would take over the role.
Strahan moved to “GMA” almost immediately afterwards, and to this day he is still frustrated at that question of why he would change jobs, after only four years.
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh, why would he go away?”…I don’t want to do, forever! No! People get so complacent. It makes me sick that someone [says], ‘You have a good job, you have to keep it.'”
In the same interview, the father of four noted that he is not going to be on TV forever. He said that his goal is to retire when his children are in college, so that he can have a free schedule and his life.