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Michael Strahan Does Not Regret Leaving 'Live' and Kelly Ripa in 2016
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30 Mar 2018 06:02 PM EST

It's been two years, yet still the controversy that surrounded Michael Strahan abruptly leaving his syndicated show "Live" with Kelly Ripa is still being talked about and still seems just as fresh. He's thriving at "Good Morning America" and noting he has no regrets about his departure or the way it caused his former co-host to react.

The former New York Giants defensive end replaced long-time host Regis Philbin on "Live" in 2012 while also spending Sundays as a football analyst on "Fox NFL Sunday." In 2014 he also picked up a position as a regular contributor to "Good Morning America."

It was announced one morning in 2016 that Strahan would be leaving "Live" for a permanent spot on "GMA," leaving Ripa shell-shocked, having not been consulted about it and finding out just minutes before the public announcement. 

She took a few days off, with many assuming it was to protest this move by ABC; however, it was later said that she was on a pre-planned leave. When she returned, she addressed his exit, and things were very cool between them until he exited more quickly than was originally planned. 

"There's nothing I would have done differently," Strahan mentioned in an interview with Graham Bensinger. "I handled it as professional as you can handle it, and I have been a professional from day one there to the last day I left ... I had the opportunity to do something that most people don't — I got a chance to evolve, to do different, creative things."

He does not understand people's reaction to his departure as Ripa's co-host. "A lot of people think, 'Oh, why would he leave?' ... I don't want to do that forever! No! People get so complacent. It makes me sick that someone [says], 'You got a good job; you just got to keep it.' "

Strahan, who also became the host of the game show "$100,000 Pyramid" on ABC after he left Ripa, also admitted it's not his intention to be on TV forever. He plans to retire after his kids are in college to be able to have a free schedule and to live his life.

The 46-year-old was married to first wife, Wanda Hutchins, until 1996 and shared a daughter and son with her who were born in 1992 and 19925, respectively. He married Jean Muggli in 1999, and they have twin daughters who were born in 2004. He divorced his second wife in 2006 and was engaged for a time to Nicole Mitchell, Eddie Murphy's ex, but they never married.

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