Michael Strahan is trying his best to do damage control!
The NFL star turned TV personality pulled a fast one on Kelly Ripa after announcing he would be leaving Live for a full time job on Good Morning America on Tuesday.
And to make matters even more awkward, the 44-year-old hosted Wednesday's show without his perky cohost — because Kelly was so livid she didn't show up to work!
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So instead, Strahan addressed his exit sitting alongside Ana Gasteyer, telling the audience:
"I couldn't ask for better fans. On top of that, I've worked with incredible staff here. I'm always here, I'm always available to guest co-host if I get a call, because I consider myself to be a part of this family forever."
Though the Fox NFL Sunday analyst still considers himself part of the Live family, we can't say the same for Ripa — who reportedly won't return to the show until Strahan leaves!
After a cringeworthy hour of a Ripa-less daytime entertainment, Strahan finally mentioned his cohost of four years at the end of the episode.
Noting that Ripa "truly changed" his life, the former athlete said:
"I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa. Kelly welcomed me here and I learned so much from her. She has been an amazing influence on me, and this has truly changed my life to be here with her. The staff here is so talented. This show has not been around for 30 years by mistake. That is a very hard thing to do in any business, and it's because of all the people who work here extremely hard. Kelly, I thank you and love you, and everyone else here at Live!"
That's a sweet sentiment, but it doesn't sound like it's enough to mend this burned bridge!
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