In a candid interview with The New York Times, Strahan, 48, compared rivalry on the football field to the television arena.
“It was tougher in the TV business to see a certain kind of competitiveness than it was in sports,” Strahan told the outlet.
Without naming Ripa or their former talk show, the New York Giants player hinted that he did not feel like he was a part of a team working alongside the former soap opera star.
“I don’t want to be on the show and feel like everyone else is carrying me. I want us all to be successful,” Strahan explained. “I’ve done things where I went in with team concepts, and I got there and realized it’s not about team. It’s selfish, and I don’t operate well under that.”
He continued: “Then on television, 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.”
The interviewer then questioned whether Strahan was referring to his time on “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” which he avoided answering directly.
“It was an experience!” he laughed.
Strahan went on to say that he feels he has remained “the same person” he’s been on television since “day one.”
He also claimed his controversial departure from “Live!” was not a ploy he devised behind Ripa’s back.
“I didn’t wake up and say, ‘I want a job at ‘GMA,'” Strahan told the outlet. “I was asked to do it by the people who run the network. It was really not a choice. It was a request. But it was treated as if I was the guy who walked in and said, ‘I’m leaving.'”
Strahan said he’s received apologies from people who he claimed “should have handled it better,” but those came a bit too late.
“A lot of the damage had already been done,” he explained.
From there, Strahan said he decided to “just keep on moving.”
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