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Michael Strahan Discusses Kelly Ripa Relationship: 'At One Point I Think We Were Friends'

Michael Strahan Discusses Kelly Ripa Relationship: 'At One Point I Think We Were Friends'

Michael Strahan is opening up about leaving Live! with Kelly and his relationship with former co-host Kelly Ripa.

“The most disappointing thing to me was that I was painted as the bad guy, because I value the way I carry myself,” the 44-year-old TV personality told People. “I don’t want people to see me as ‘Oh, he just ran out, just left them there.’ That’s just not true.”

“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,” Michael said. “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,” Michael continued. “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.”

When news was revealed that Michael was leaving Live!, there was a ton of reported backstage drama. Kelly addressed all of the drama on air.

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