Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa’s friendship is history!
44-year-old Strahan opens up to PEOPLE about the very public fall-out with Ripa after his exit from ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael’ after co-hosting with Ripa for four years! Strahan says: “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.” He continues: “I don’t know what happened at the end. I learned a lot from her, though.”
Ripa was blindsided by Strahan’s departure announcement, he was moving on to greener pastures and left Ripa stuck with the job on LIVE! 45-year-old Ripa was pissed off and even sent messages to ABC by carrying a book around for the paparazzi aptly titled “”David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” Strahan continues to PEOPLE: “Toward the end of it all, we didn’t really communicate that much. 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.”