Former New York Giants sackmaster Michael Strahan has spoken out about his time with former co host Kelly Ripa, saying he arrived at the show and didn’t realize he was a “sidekick.”

In an interview with David Marchese in The New York Times, Strahan opened up about his controversial 2016 departure from Live! With Kelly and Michael.

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His leaving the show was quick and caused a mini-crisis with Ripa, who took an unannounced week off following the announcement.

He officially departed the show May 13, three months earlier than originally planned.

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