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Michael Strahan Has No Regrets About The Way He Exited Live!… But Is He Still Friends With Kelly Ripa?!

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Live! with Kelly and… nope, just Kelly.

It's been a few months since Michael Strahan blew up daytime television by blindsiding Kelly Ripa when he abruptly left Live! after four years on the show.

However, now that he's had some time to reflect on what went down… the Good Morning America newcomer says he actually doesn't feel bad with the way he handled his daytime transition.

Related: Kelly Ripa Announces Her Next Live! Co-Host… YOU!!!

Speaking to PEOPLE on Wednesday, the ex-NFL star said:

"The most disappointing thing to me was that I was painted as the bad guy, because I value the way I carry myself. I don't want people to see me as 'Oh, he just ran out, just left them there.' That's just not true."

That definitely seemed like the case in April, when Strahan suddenly announced he would be leaving Live! for a full time gig over at GMA — a move that Ripa only learned about at the very last minute, causing the long-time host to take some time off.

Luckily, Michael insists he has "no regrets" about how his sudden departure, explaining that they all work for the ABC "team," and his football mentality is to play wherever the coaches (TV executives) tell him he's needed (not sitting next to Ripa every morning).

Unfortunately, the former New York Giants player confirmed our suspicions about on-set tensions, adding:

"Toward the end of it all, we didn't really communicate that much. I kinda looked at it like, 'It was what it was.' I come from a business where you have to collaborate. The show was going well? We're all winning. That's all that matters to me. I wasn't surprised by [Kelly's] reaction at all, but I can't control somebody else's actions. I was there four years, and it's about more than just being in front of the camera… At one point I think we were friends. I don't know what happened at the end. I learned a lot from her, though."

Yikes.

Sounds like the two won't be reuniting anytime soon… but at least they had fun while it lasted!

Who do U want to see replace Michael Strahan next to Kelly Ripa??

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