Quantcast

“I didn’t know I was supposed to be a sidekick”: Kelly Ripa Made Michael Strahan Feel Small, Didn’t Consider Him as a Partner Forcing Him to Leave

Kelly Ripa has been working in Live! for a long time. For the past 22 years, she has been a constant personality on the ABC show and continues to see several things. Her charming, bubbly personality was what made her popular among fans, however, her relationships with her former co-hosts was never easy. After the original star, Regis Philbin left the show, Michael Strahan took his place to run the Live! along with the former. Though, things were evidently not good!

Kelly Ripa
American actress, Kelly Ripa

Also Read: Kelly Ripa Was Asked to Leave Her Own Talk Show After Suffering From Mysterious Disease

The 51-year-old former footballer is known to have bad blood with the Live! host, which he clearly shared when he discussed his departure from the show Live with Kelly and Michael in 2016.

Kelly Ripa Belittled Her Former Co-Host, Michael Strahan in Live!

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan

Also Read: Kelly Ripa Reveals Why She’s Stuck With Mark Consuelos For 25 Years, Claims It Was Easier to Quit

The former co-host duo is known to have a strained relationship.

Michael Strahan, the former co-host of Live! with Kelly Ripa discussed his controversial departure from the show in an interview with The New York Times in 2020, stating how he never realized that he was more of a “sidekick” in the show.

The duo was hosting the ABC show for four seasons, however, the former footballer realized, “it’s not about team. It’s selfish, and I don’t operate well under that.” 

Rather than going with the “team concepts,” he had to deal with something else.

“I’ve had jobs where I got there and felt like ‘Wow, I didn’t know I was supposed to be a sidekick. I thought I was coming here to be a partner.’”

This might be how his relationship with Ripa started to go on bad terms.

Michael Strahan Thinks That His Departure from Live! Could Have Been Managed Better

Michael Strahan
The former footballer, Michael Strahan

Also Read: Kelly Ripa Brought Up Michael Strahan’s Failed Marriage to Shame Him, Boasted Her 25 Years Married Life As Co-Host Left Show

The TV host opened up about his controversial Live! exit from the show and thinks that it could have been handled in a more diligent way rather than the controversy which happened at the time. “It could have been handled better,” Strahan told the outlet in 2020.

He shared,

“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 treated as if I was the guy who walked in and said, ‘I’m leaving.’”

He stated how he became the bad guy there, which was wrong.

“That part was totally misconstrued, mishandled in every way. People who should have handled it better have all apologized, but a lot of the damage had already been done. For me, it was like: Move on. Success is the best thing. Just keep on moving.”

Despite the off-screen drama the duo was engaged in, Strahan left the show early and moved to Good Morning America, becoming a regular contributor. Meanwhile, Ripa has since moved on and is happily working with Ryan Seacrest.

Source: New York Times

Priya Sharma
Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at Animated Times. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she has written nearly 1000 articles on Animated Times and Fandomwire combined and holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.

Newsletter Updates

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our newsletter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *