Michael Strahan wants to make it clear that he was not the bad guy in the behind the scenes drama at Live. He recently sat down with People to discuss his exit from the show and his relationship with Kelly Ripa.
Michael said, “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.” When asked about Kelly’s reaction to the news and how it changed their relationship he said, “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. At one point I think we were friends. I don’t know what happened at the end. I learned a lot from her, though. 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.”
ABC exec Ben Sherwood admitted that the network “made some mistakes” with the situation.