After Michael Strahan abruptly announced that he was leaving ABC’s “Live” with Michael and Kelly to co-host “Good Morning America“, rumors have been swirling over why the former NFL star truly wanted to leave.
Well today, Strahan officially ended his tenure with co-host Kelly Ripa, ending a tumultuous several weeks which saw Ripa walk off the show for a week.
From Fox News:
Just weeks after news broke that Strahan was departing “Live!” to join “Good Morning America” full time, Ripa walked out with her co-host and pulled out Strahan’s chair for him before putting her arm around him as they sat down side-by-side.
“Don’t take this as a bad sign, it’s Friday the 13th,” Kelly told the crowd. “But you said 13 is lucky,” she said to Michael.
Strahan told the crowd it was a lucky day, and he does not want a dramatic goodbye from the series.
“I’m not dying. I’m still in the family. And I’m still available to come back,” he said. “I don’t like a big to-do about it.”
Ripa quipped, “You can fill in for me,” adding she had an upcoming vacation planned. “It is your final day on the show. We all came today to celebrate you, and we want to remind the audience there is a… discount on merchandise… for these collector’s items,” she said displaying a Kelly & Michael mug with a laugh.
Strahan said the pair should simply proceed with the show as usual and they launched into their regular banter, talking about their plans from the night before and recent celebrity sightings.
A few minutes into the show, a montage aired of some of Strahan’s memorable moments.
“Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable host chat moments we have had together,” Ripa said before footage aired of the two dancing around and eating disgusting flavored Jelly Beans. Strahan was also depicted rapping, high fiving Ripa and laughing.
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