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Michael Strahan Reflects On His Tense Relationship With Kelly Ripa & ‘Selfish’ Atmosphere Of Working In TV – Perez Hilton


Michael Strahan is opening up about his longtime feud with Kelly Ripa!

As you may recall, the former co-hosts

The 48-year-old spoke in length with The New York Times about his four years on the daytime show, specifically speaking about the tension between him and Ripa. Calling his time on the show an “experience,” he divulged:

“One thing I tried to do is have a meeting every few weeks with her. 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.”

He claimed they each did their part to not let offscreen issues impact the dynamic of the series, but it wasn’t always the case and “certain things that were going on behind the scenes just caught up.”

He does admit his exit from the show “could have been handled better,” but ultimately knew “when it was time to go, it was time to go.” Adding that he “remained the same person I was from day one,” the father of four explained his choice to part ways:

“I didn’t wake up and say, ‘I want a job at GMA.’ I was asked to do it by the people who run the network. It was really not a choice. It was a request.”

But it was when the news broke he would be leaving Live! that things got dicey:

“It was treated as if I was the guy who walked in and said, ‘I’m leaving.’ That part was totally misconstrued, mishandled in every way.”

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