Michael Strahan Speaks Out Before Kelly's Return to 'Live!'
Michael Strahan opened up about his decision to leave Live! with Kelly & Michael during Jonathan Tisch for Help USA and 92Y’s Change Makers event on Monday (April 25) in New York City.
The day before his co-host Kelly Ripa‘s return to the show, the 44-year-old TV personality explained that he’s simply moving to another part of the ABC family where he’s needed.
“To me it’s a testament, not just to me, because as I said, everything is a team. It’s a testament to Live!, from [producer Michael] Gelman to Kelly, for them to say, ‘You are good enough to be here’ and then I go there, and I do well enough to get a job for two days at GMA and then they say, ‘Well, you know what, we really could use you here.’ It’s a team. It’s ABC. It’s a group. It’s a family,” Michael explained.
He added, “So for me, I don’t look at it as if I’m leaving one show in a lurch. I look at it as if, ‘You know what? I’m needed in this part of the family for now.’ …I think it’s just unfortunate how everything seems to be for a lot of people outside, because everyone has an opinion, without understanding what’s going on and that’s why…You take the high road. If you argue with somebody who doesn’t know what they’re talking about and people see you arguing they don’t know who’s the fool.”