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Michael Strahan confirms Kelly Ripa ended her Lifelong friendship after he was hired for GMA

Michael Strahan still doesn’t quite understand why his former Live! co-host Kelly Ripa called time on their friendship.

The former NFL player and now full-time GMA host told People:  ‘At one point I think we were friends. I don’t know what happened at the end.’

He left the daytime talk show in May surrounded by drama after Ripa did not turn up for work the day after it was announced he was moving to ABC’s morning show full-time.

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New gig: Michael Strahan, pictured at the anchor desk on Good Morning America on September 8, has said he doesn't understand why Kelly Ripa called time on their friendship

New gig: Michael Strahan, pictured at the anchor desk on Good Morning America on September 8, has said he doesn’t understand why Kelly Ripa called time on their friendship

Drama: Strahan worked with Ripa on the daytime talk show for four years but the day after it was announced he was moving to GMA full-time,she didn't show up for work

Drama: Strahan worked with Ripa on the daytime talk show for four years but the day after it was announced he was moving to GMA full-time,she didn’t show up for work

Ripa, it turned out, had been blindsided by the news and it was a week before she returned to her hosting duties.

‘I wasn’t surprised by her reaction at all, but I can’t control somebody else’s actions,’ he reflected. ‘I was there four years, and it’s about more than just being in front of the camera.’

Strahan, 44, who had been on Live! for four years, added: ‘Toward the end of it all, we didn’t communicate that much. I kinda looked at it like, “It was what it was.”

‘The show was going well? We’re all winning. That’s all that matter to me.

‘At one point I think we were friends. I don’t know what happened at the end.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3800259/Michael-Strahan-confirms-Kelly-Ripa-ended-friendship-hired-GMA.html#ixzz4QLCNrHKK
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