Shocker!…Just kidding. After all, it’s no secret Kelly Ripa made life rather difficult for Strahan in the days leading up to his departure, given that the news of his new full-time job at Good Morning America was unceremoniously announced to Ripa just hours before it was announced to the public (prompting her to abruptly take time off for what she called her “anniversary” vacation with husband Mark Consuelos).
Strahan, 44, reportedly says in an upcoming episode of the Netflix show Chelsea (a new talk show hosted by Chelsea Handler), “I really haven’t missed it. But I loved it. Don’t get me wrong. I loved it. When you get a break, sometimes you kind of go, ‘Wow, I kind of needed it.’ I needed a break.”
He also apparently added that he hasn’t had a chance to watch Live with Kelly much since leaving, “But I think I’ve been working so hard for the last seven or eight years since I retired from football, that it’s been a relief.”
Strahan left Live! in mid-May, and now has the summer off before he starts his GMA hosting gig full-time in September (hence the reason why he’s only appeared on the GMA three times since his Live! departure). He told Extra’s AJ Calloway about his new role, “I’m loving it. It’s different, totally different… totally a different part of the brain, totally something that can be intimidating.”
However, the way the situation was handled clearly put an irrecoverable strain on his relationship with Ripa, who is meanwhile in the process of finding an appropriate replacement co-host (some people are speculating Anderson Cooper, Rob Lowe and Andy Cohen).
Strahan previously said in an interview with DuJour, posted a week after he left Live!, “I loved being at LIVE. It’s a great show, great people and I’m very fortunate to have been a part of it.”
In addition to his GMA duties, Strahan is the host of The 100,000 Pyramid.