Back in 2016, it was quite the scandal when Michael Strahan abruptly left Live With Kelly And Michael to be an anchor on Good Morning America instead. At the time, his co-host Kelly Ripa claimed to be "blindsided" by his decision. She told People at the time:
"Sometimes when you are so comfortable with somebody, you may not give them the same consideration as somebody you’re not as comfortable with — a certain formality falls away."
However, Strahan took the time in a new interview in the New York Times to set the record straight.
"I didn’t wake up and say, ‘I want a job at GMA.’ I was asked to do it by the people who run the network. It was really not a choice. It was a request."