Is Michael Strahan getting fired from "GMA Day" because ABC executives aren't happy with his performance on the morning show? That's the cover story of one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk it.
In September, Strahan teamed up with Sarah Haines to co-host a new third hour of "Good Morning America," but according to the National Enquirer, network bosses aren't happy with the show and have been holding secret meetings to discuss firing the former NFL star. An alleged insider tells the magazine, "A lot of viewers feel Michael and Sara are trying too hard to be Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest and they're failing miserably. They don't have the same rapport."
The supposed source goes on to say that ABC execs believe women are put off by Strahan's "macho behavior," adding, "They began talking about an exit strategy for Michael months ago and those talks have been ongoing behind the scenes." This premise makes very little sense. If network bosses had wanted to get rid of Strahan "months ago," why exactly would they have hired him to take over the third hour of "GMA"?
Still, the questionable tipster says that Strahan's other commitments, including his clothing line and hosting gig on Fox Sports, is getting in the way of him focusing on "GMA Day." "He considers his job [on ABC] as only one aspect of what he does," says the suspicious source. "But the truth is, he needs to impress every single time he's on air if he's going to keep one of the most coveted jobs on national TV."
From there, the tabloid theorizes that if Strahan gets the axe, Ripa will "count it as her revenge for the way he left 'Live' by blindsiding and ditching her for 'GMA.'" It should be noted, the cover of the magazine prominently features a photo of Strahan's former "Live" co-host, along with the headline, "Kelly's Revenge!" The accompanying article, however, only includes one sentence speculating about how Ripa might feel if Strahan is fired.
Gossip Cop ran the outlet's story by an ABC source, who tells us, "Nothing could be further from the truth. We love Michael and look forward to continuing to work with him." It's worth mentioning, the Enquirer has a habit of creating nonexistent behind-the-scenes drama at the morning show. Last year, Gossip Cop busted the tabloid for falsely claiming that Strahan was feuding with fellow "GMA" anchor Robin Roberts. That cover story also featured the headline, "Kelly Ripa's Revenge," but only mentioned the talk show host at the very end of the article. Regardless, an ABC insider confirms there's no truth to this latest report.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.