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.
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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