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Oprah Winfrey weighs in on Michael Strahan controversy

Photo Credit: Michael Strahan's Instagram (@michaelstrahan)

Photo credit:  Instagram – @michaelstrahan

Michael Strahan has had a laser focus when it comes to making his post-NFL career a success, and his relentless drive landed him the opportunity to become the first Black person to co-host the venerable “Live” talk show alongside longtime co-host Kelly Ripa. But all good things must come to an end and Strahan is moving on as an anchor on “Good Morning America.” Unfortunately, the news has come with controversy as rumors claim that Ripa isn’t happy about how Strahan left. Now, veteran TV titan Oprah Winfrey has chimed in on the drama.

According to media reports, Strahan was given a lucrative deal to jump ship from “Live” and join the “GMA” team this coming September. However, Ripa was reportedly completely unaware that Strahan was leaving the show and sources say that’s because Strahan was ordered to keep the deal top secret. she wasn’t notified of his departure until just minutes before ABC announced it.

Sources say that Ripa is furious about being blindsided with the news of Strahan’s departure. They say she’s even so mad that the reason she hasn’t been on air since is because she refuses to come back until next week. However, reps for ABC say that Ripa had scheduled vacation time until next Tuesday.

Photo courtesy: Oprah Winfrey via Instagram (@oprah)

Photo credit:  Instagram – @oprah

According to media reports, Winfrey recently spoke about Strahan’s new “GMA” deal and she explained how happy and excited she is for him.

“I just heard that he was going to be on ‘Good Morning America’ and I was really excited about that. I think he’s a great talent as we all do, I’m sure you do too.”

However, Winfrey wasn’t aware of the controversy with Ripa and when she was told about it, she commented that it wasn’t professional how Ripa was informed.

“And ‘blindsided?’ Not good,” Winfrey said. “She shouldn’t have to find out that way.”

Neither Ripa nor Strahan have confirmed the rumors of the tension, but several sources say that things are not good behind the scenes at “Live” right now. With rumors flying, we’re interested to see how Ripa and Strahan interact with each other when she returns to the show next Tuesday.


  1. MzLadyp on April 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I just think it could have been handled a better way. Strahan telling Kelly he’s not going anywhere and the Live show was where he’s going stay 2 yrs ago (on air mind you) then flip flop and leave looks unprofessional on his part.

    • guest on April 22, 2016 at 8:39 am

      If the situation was reversed no one would bat an eye. Outrage of the entitled.

  2. Michelle on April 24, 2016 at 6:01 am

    It’s unfortunate that Kelly wasn’t in the loop but this is probably a once in a lifetime offer. He doesn’t owe Kelly anything, this was a network decision….The same network that could support or hinder his future opportunities.

  3. Wanda Standonherown on June 7, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Leave him alone…he needed to do what was best for him..he dnt owe her no explanatinon ppl leave jobs all the time.