Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Michael Strahan Feared Speaking Out About ‘Tense Situations’ on ‘Live with Kelly’

Michael Strahan

*Michael Strahan recently spoke out about tense situations he experienced as co-host on “Live with Kelly.”

During a town hall on racism  in front of ABC and Disney employees on June 4, the “Good Morning America” host said he couldn’t “speak up and raise his voice” behind the scenes out of fear of retaliation, per Page Six

A source tells the outlet, “Michael said that there were some very tense situations with executives who got argumentative and loud on the show, and he was very aware he couldn’t speak up or raise his voice as he was worried he would be seen as threatening.”

Strahan famously fell out with co-host Kelly Ripa when he quit ‘Live’ for a full time gig on “GMA” in 2016. 

He didn’t refer to the show by name during the town hall, but sources claim “he was referring to the show with his comments,” Page Six writes. 

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Earlier this year, Strahan appeared to shade his former co-host without naming her, when the former NFL player said he worked a previous job where he “got there and realized it’s not about the team. It’s selfish, and I don’t operate well under that.”

“I’ve had jobs where I got there and felt like: Wow, I didn’t know I was supposed to be a sidekick. I thought I was coming here to be a partner,” he told the New York Times.

Strahan also noted how he tried to heal tensions between himself and Ripa when they worked together.

“One thing I tried to do is have a meeting every few weeks with her,” he said.

“We met a few times, and that was fine. But then eventually she said she didn’t need to meet. Can’t force somebody to do something they don’t want to do.”

Meanwhile, the ABC and Disney event occurred weeks before longtime exec Barbara Fedida was fired after a report from Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali, outlined the damning accusations of racism and her treatment of Black journalists at the network.

Strahan on Monday addressed the controversy by reading part of Fedida’s statement in response to the controversy, which said: “I am proud of my decades of work of hiring, supporting, and promoting talented journalists of color. And, unlike these heartbreaking and incredibly misleading claims about me, that track record is well-documented and undeniable.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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