This April marks the three-year anniversary of Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa’s messy morning-show breakup, when Strahan announced he would be departing “Live With Kelly and Michael” to join “Good Morning America” in 2016, followed by Ripa’s sudden several-day disappearance from the show.
While both stars are still morning-show fixtures, with Strahan hosting “GMA” and Ripa leading “Live With Kelly and Ryan” alongside Ryan Seacrest, Strahan revealed in a new Time interview that 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.