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Michael Strahan may have blindsided Kelly Ripa when he decided to leave Live with Kelly and Michael, but he wasn’t surprised at her reaction (she skipped work the next day before leaving early on a planned vacation).“The most disappointing thing to me was that I was painted as the bad guy, because I value the way I carry myself. I don’t want people to see me as ‘Oh, he just ran out, just left them there.’ That’s just not true,” Strahan told People.
“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. 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.”
I think the ABC execs put Michael in a bad spot when they didn’t let Kelly know Michael was moving on to Good Morning America and she found out a mere hours before everyone knew. That’s not how you treat a co-worker you like…right? But Michael seems like a standup guy so it probably wasn’t his decision not to tell Kelly.
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