Michael Strahan is perfectly fine with no longer being Kelly Ripa's Live! co-host.
It's been a little over a month since Strahan's final Live! episode, but he's not exactly hankering to come back. The ex-football star spoke openly about this in a new interview with Chelsea Handler's talk show on Netflix.
"I really haven't had a chance to watch ['Live']," Strahan admitted. "But I think I've been working so hard for the last seven or eight years since I retired from football, that it's been a relief."
He added, "I really haven't missed it, but I loved it. Don't get me wrong. I loved it. When you get a break, sometimes you kind of go, 'Wow, I kind of needed it.' I needed a break."
Strahan became Ripa's co-host in 2012 and remained on the show for four years. He announced mere weeks before his exit that he was taking an opportunity with ABC's Good Morning America, leading to various headlines sensationalizing Ripa being "blindsided" by the announcement.
"It's bittersweet. Of course you get nervous," Strahan said in his final show, discussing his goodbye. "This is a moment I didn't anticipate being here, at least not at this point. I'm not dying. I'm still in the family and still available to come back as co-host."
Strahan also said, "I don't like a big to do about it. We come out here every morning, we make people laugh, that's what we need to do now. Get on with the show."
"We couldn't be prouder of you," Ripa told her co-host. "You have given us so much joy in the mornings. We really are so so proud of you. I look forward to watching every morning and seeing what you achieve over at 'Good Morning America'."
Ripa is currently hosting Live! with various guest co-hosts, as rumors continue regarding who might become the next permanent co-host.