3 years after Michael Strahan's exit from "Live," the now "Good Morning America" co-host opens up about where is relationship stands with Kelly Ripa.
Strahan revealed in a New Time Interview his personal friendship with Ripa never recovered from the ordeal.
“I learned through all that went down with that, you can’t convince people to like you,” he said. “I haven’t spoken to her in a long time."
Strahan announced he'd be leaving "Live With Kelly and Michael" for "GMA" on April 19, 2016, with Ripa taking a previously unannounced week off from the show, prompting speculation that she was retaliating to Strahan's announcement. When she returned to the show on April 25, she delivered a speech alluding to Strahan's departure and her reaction to the news.
"I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts; after 26 years with this company, I earned the right," she told the audience. "(This) started a much greater conversation about communication, and consideration, and most importantly respect in the workplace ... apologies have been made."
Strahan officially departed "Live With Kelly and Michael" on May 13, three months earlier than originally announced. One year later, Ryan Seacrest officially signed on to co-host with Ripa in May 2017.