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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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Kelly Ripa's 'Live with Kelly' Announces More Guest Co-Hosts, Front Runners Reportedly Emerge!

Live with Kelly has announced the new set of guest co-hosts for later this month, and rumor has it, some front runners for Michael Strahan‘s old job are beginning to emerge!

Empire star Jussie Smollett has guest co-hosted numerous times and is considered one of the men in contention for the gig, The Wrap reports. Kelly‘s husband, Mark Consuelos, is also considered to be in the running.

Be sure to stay tuned as the announcement of a new co-host for Kelly could be coming any day!

Click inside for the full schedule of new guest co-hosts…More Here! »

Kelly Ripa Opens Up About Search for New 'Live!' Co-Host

Kelly Ripa embraces her summer style while stepping out for the OCRFA’s 2016 Super Saturday event on Saturday (July 30) in Watermill, N.Y.

The 45-year-old TV host was joined by Star Jones, Molly Sims, Rudy Giuliani, and Christy Turlington.

Kelly recently opened up about the search for a new Live! With Kelly co-host after the departure of Michael Strahan.

“It’s fun, it’s energizing,” Kelly told People. “It’s what we do best. And I think that it’s been a blast. I love it. I know our production team loves it and I know the audience loves it.”

She added, “The decision is such a big decision. It’s so beyond just me. Of course, I think that it’s really the audience loves a co-host search … Do I know who I click with? I make it my job to click with everybody. So, I’m only as successful as the person sitting next to me.”

FYI: Star is wearing a B Floral flower crown.

10+ pictures inside of Kelly Ripa at the event in New York…More Here! »

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Kelly Ripa & Hubby Mark Consuelos Go On Romantic Stroll!

Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos wrap their arms around each other while going for a walk through Central Park on Tuesday afternoon (June 7) in New York City.

On her talk show earlier that morning, the 45-year-old entertainer says she has gotten used to people walking on top of her.

“Is it weird to think people are walking on top of you right now?” guest co-host Joel McHale asked when talking about Kelly‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“No. I’ve gotten used to that,” Kelly replied, likely referencing the drama with Michael Strahan.

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Is Rob Lowe Joining 'Live! With Kelly' as Her New Co-Host?

Rob Lowe is reportedly in talks to replace Michael Strahan on Live! With Kelly.

The 52-year-old actor is being considered to co-host alongside Kelly Ripa after also being considered to replace Regis Philbin back in 2012, according to ET.

“I hosted it with Kelly and had the time of my life,” Rob told the outlet, while not confirming the rumors. “I love her … I love being able to talk to an audience every morning like that and just being fun, counter-punching, being silly, and talking about cool stuff.”

Meanwhile, Variety reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister, tweeted, “Despite reports today, we are hearing at @Variety that Rob Lowe is NOT in talks for #LiveWithKelly”

Rob‘s rep had no comment.

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Kelly Ripa's 'Live' Gets New Name & Logo After Michael Strahan Exit

Kelly Ripa is officially flying solo after Michael Strahan left Live! with Kelly & Michael on Friday (May 13), and the show has unveiled the new name and logo.

The show revealed on Facebook that it will now be called Live with Kelly, and the logo can be seen in the gallery below.

“Don’t forget to reset your DVR/PVR to ‘Live with Kelly’!! On tomorrow’s show we have guest co-host Jimmy Kimmel, Gordon Ramsay, Priyanka Chopra, and American Authors performs!,” the show updated on Facebook about Monday’s show. Tune in to see Kelly with Jimmy!

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Michael Strahan Says His Goodbye to 'Live!' & Kelly Ripa (Video)

Michael Strahan sits down for his final episode on Live! with Kelly & Michael on Friday morning (May 13) in New York City.

When co-host Kelly Ripa mentioned that it was Michael‘s final show, he joked that he’s not dead.

“I am happy. I am not six feet under. Six feet, five inches above the ground. So I’m happy. It’s another day,” he said.

“This is a moment that I didn’t anticipate being here, at least at this point. But it’s here. And we’re going to enjoy it,” Michael added. “I’m not dying. I’m still in the family. And I’m still available to come back if I’m ever called to co-host. I’m not going anywhere. I’m not gone. So, there we go.”

Michael Strahan’s Final Open – Kelly & Michael (Flashback Friday Farewell)