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Michael Strahan Alludes to Feeling Like Kelly Ripa's "Sidekick" on Their Talk Show

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When Michael Strahan left Live! with Kelly and Michael in 2016, it was a messy affair. The former NFL player’s co-host, Kelly Ripa, was noticeably absent for the announcement, and he ended up leaving the talk show three months earlier than originally scheduled.

In a new interview, the 48-year-old revealed what was really going on behind the scenes at the daytime program, and recalled a few valuable lessons he learned from his former colleague. 

The Strahan and Ripa drama manifested off-air pretty quickly.

Michael, who joined the show less than a year after Regis Philbin’s departure, called his four years working with Kelly an "experience," explaining that he actively sought to defuse early signs of tension between the pair. "One thing I tried to do is have a meeting every few weeks with her," he told The New York Times.