A new report claiming that Alex Rodriguez and Michael Strahan are feuding over who will become the "top jock" on TV is completely untrue. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk the nonexistent drama.
According to RadarOnline, Strahan feels threatened now that the ex-Yankee has been getting more TV work, including gigs on Fox Sports and "Shark Tank." An alleged "insider" tells the blog, "They both have massive egos. Michael is seething that all anybody talks about is A-Rod."
The outlet further alleges that Strahan was particularly irate over Rodriguez being hired as a contributor on "Good Morning America" because he fears the fellow former athlete "is being groomed to replace him." Meanwhile, Rodriguez only cares about TV stardom "and doesn't care who he has to climb over to achieve his goal," says the unreliable outlet.
Nothing about this premise is remotely accurate. For starters, Strahan executive produced Rodriguez's primetime special "Back in the Game," which premiered on CNBC this part March. A source close to the "GMA" anchor tells Gossip Cop that he specifically picked Rodriguez to appear on the show, which featured the former Yankee helping a retired NBA star get back on his feet financially.
Additionally, when it was announced last year that Rodriguez had been hired as a "GMA" contributor, Strahan said in an interview with E! News, "I think it's great. Alex and I have been friends for a longtime. So when I heard the news - which was before everybody else heard the news - I wasn't surprised by it." The former NFL player further noted that Rodriguez is "great on TV and knows what he's talking about." It's clear there's no animosity or jealousy between the two.
Of course, Gossip Cop frequently has to correct stories about the ex-NFL star's TV career, so we're not surprised by this latest nonsense. Last September, Gossip Cop busted RadarOnline's sister publication, OK!, for wrongly reporting that ABC wasn't renewing Strahan's "GMA" contract. Nearly one year later, the TV personality remains a very big part of the show.
The gossip media often targets Rodriguez's TV career as well. Last month, the blog's other sister outlet, the National Enquirer, made up a story about ESPN pressuring Rodriguez to get Jennifer Lopez to join "Sunday Night Baseball." As for this latest phony article, the website should know that there's room for more than one ex-athlete on television. The blog is simply attempting to create a fake feud between two former sports stars who embarked into the world of TV news.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.