Michael Strahan is ready to move onto bigger and better things at ‘Good Morning America’…and he’s confident that he’ll be a majorly important addition to the team. HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop on the REAL reason Michael is ditching Kelly Ripa!
Being on Live With Kelly & Michael has simply just gotten too boring for Michael Strahan! The former football star has big plans now that he’s leaving Kelly Ripa behind and moving onto Good Morning America full-time, and his decision to quit has nothing to do with beef between him and his co-host, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned.
“Mike’s got nothing but love for Kelly. The truth of the matter is, he got bored with Live! and wanted a new challenge,” an insider explains to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “No offense to anyone on GMA, but he singlehandedly believes he can resuscitate the show and make it be the pinnacle of a morning news network. Mike’s already extremely confident, and it’s not about the money for him. It’s more about his belief that he can put GMA back on top.”
The 44-year-old announced on April 19 that he’s leaving his job as co-host on Live to work full-time on GMA, but the decision was made without any consultation with Kelly, who was completely blindsided by the news. She was so livid, in fact, that she didn’t even show up to the show on April 20!
“She is very hurt that Disney hasn’t even spoken to her yet, so they are assuming that she isn’t coming back,” Daily Mail reported. “She wants to wait and see what happens. She’d also like someone to do the right thing and speak to her face to face rather than plot and plan behind her back.” The site even claimed that Kelly doesn’t plan to go back on her talk show until Michael leaves for his new gig!
“I do want to say to all of our viewers out there and to everybody who has watched this show over the last four years — thank you, guys,” Michael said on the April 20 episode. “I can’t ask for better fans and you guys have been absolutely amazing. On top of that, I’ve worked with an incredible staff here and I’m always available to guest co-host if I get a call because I consider myself a part of this family forever.”
Fans were SHOCKED when Michael failed to address Kelly in his entire opening speech, and he must’ve caught wind of the backlash, because at the very end of the episode, he added a quick shoutout to the 45-year-old. Oh, the drama!
Do you think Michael will help revive GMA, HollywoodLifers? Or should he have stuck to Live?