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Michael Strahan Says He's Taking The 'High Road' With The Live Drama Amid Rumors Of Kelly Ripa 'Bullying' Him!

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It was only a week ago that Michael Strahan shocked quite his audience AND his cohost Kelly Ripa, when he announced that he would be leaving Live With Kelly and Michael for Good Morning America.

Of course there has been all kinds of drama since then, including Kelly being ticked off at Michael, as well as the network for not letting her know ahead of time.

Related: Andy Cohen Slams The 'Big, Bad Breakup' Between Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan!

After taking some time off, Ripa is expected back on Live on Tuesday, but despite receiving an apology from Disney and ABC, there could still be some problems between the costars.

Sources told TMZ the former NFL player left the show because Ripa was jealous of Strahan's popularity the athlete's cohost was so mean that she was "bullying" her partner at times. But ANOTHER source refutes this, calling the idea of that a "joke."

We HIGHLY doubt everything is back to being all good between Strahan and Ripa seeing as how she gave him the silent treatment only a few days ago. However, the studly athlete is doing his best to stay positive as he opened up about the Live drama:

"To me it's a testament, not just to me, because as I said, everything is a team. It's a testament to Live, from [producerMichael] Gelman to Kelly [Ripa], for them to say, ‘You are good enough to be here' and then I go there, and I do well enough to get a job for two days at GMA and then they say, ‘Well, you know what, we really could use you here.' It's a team. It's ABC. It's a group. It's a family."

The Super Bowl winner went on to say:

"So for me, I don't look at it as if I'm leaving one show in a lurch. I look at it as if, ‘You know what? I'm needed in this part of the family for now.' … I think it's just unfortunate how everything seems to be for a lot of people outside, because everyone has an opinion, without understanding what's going on and that's why. … You take the high road. If you argue with somebody who doesn't know what they're talking about and people see you arguing they don't know who's the fool."

We may never know the truth about ALL the drama between Kel and Mike, but we're happy to see the former New York Giants player doing his best to not fuel the fire!

What do you think of Michael's comments?!

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