Strahan vs. Ripa: "The" Fight of The Century

Manny Pacquio Floyd "Money" Mayweather
Manny Pacquio Floyd "Money" Mayweather | Source
Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa | Source
Michael Strahan
Michael Strahan | Source

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Strahan - Ripa: Better than Heavyweight Boxing

Let's meet the contestants. In this corner, Michael Anthony Strahan , born November 21, 1971, retired defensive end who played his entire 15-year career with the NFL's New York Giants. Strahan helped the New York Giants to win a Super Bowl in his final season in 2007. He is currently a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday and has also served as co-host on the syndicated morning show, Live! With Kelly and Michael (with co-host Kelly Ripa since 2012.) In 2014, he became a regular contributor on the ABC morning television show, Good Morning, Amierca, and in 2016 the network announced that Strahan would be leaving Live! to join GMA on a full-time basis.

And in this corner, Kelly Maria Ripa-Consuelos, born October 2, 1970, American actress, talk show host, television producer. She first became known for her portrayal of "Hayley Vaughan on the American Broadcasting Company daytime soap opera, "All My Children" between 1990 and 2002, and is best known as co-host of the "Broadcast syndication" "Live! with Kelly and Michaelm " in various formats since 2001. She also is known for her role as Faith Fairfield on the ABC sitcom, "Hope and Faith," from 2003 to 2006.

I am not a boxing expert, but I did hear (and see) all of the hype surrounding the "so-called" "fight of the century," between Manny Pacquio and Floyd Mayweather, and this fight did not come near the snippy, catty, and down-right childish barbs thrown by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

Ripa and Strahan in happier times
Ripa and Strahan in happier times | Source
The Kelly Ripa family
The Kelly Ripa family | Source

How the "fight" started

"Thanks, Johnny. Now tell our HubPages audience what these two media combatants are fighting for." "Kenneth, Ripa and Strahan are both experienced in their fields and should give our readers a great contest, but only one can win the title of "Most Annoying Television Celebrity," so let's get our popcorn, a soft drink and get ready to (wish Michael Buffer were here), 'tumbleeeeeeee!"

I understand that while Michael Strahan was for the most part, "camera perfect," for Ripa's show, he was not completely content. If so, then why did he become a regular contributor to Good Morning, America? I do not know, but I have been in his shoes once during my working years and being restless at your job can only lead to being a malcontent.

Watch Strahan's reaction to Ripa's obviously vengeful remark

Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy
Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy | Source
Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa | Source
Erin Andrews, "My" choice to replace both Ripa and Strahan
Erin Andrews, "My" choice to replace both Ripa and Strahan | Source
Strahan in a serious moment
Strahan in a serious moment | Source
Debbie Muggli  and Strahan
Debbie Muggli and Strahan | Source
Strahan's famous smile
Strahan's famous smile | Source
Regis Philbin, former host of "Live! With Regis and Kelly and before her, Kathie Lee Gifford
Regis Philbin, former host of "Live! With Regis and Kelly and before her, Kathie Lee Gifford | Source
"I" still love Kathie Lee Gifford
"I" still love Kathie Lee Gifford | Source

Strahan's exit leaks equals nasty explosion

The news of Michael Strahan exiting Live! With Kelly and Michael "leaked"out to every hungry news source who were lurking in cracks and crevices awaiting (a) story on why certain signs of unhappiness and muted anger were growing evident on Ripa's show that now nets her 28 million per year. That is some "scratch," my friends.

One source said that Strahan's bitterness (hidden behind that gap-toothed smile) was Ripa's salary was way more than he made, and being a star defensive back of NFL fame, he fought a tough battle to conceal his resentment toward Ripa. But if he had only stopped to think that in time, he would have been well-compensated for his work with Ripa.

Round one

When the devastating news "finally" reached Kelly Ripa, (according to her people), she felt "betrayed and left out," by Strahan, his manager, agent, and those higher-up's at Live! With Kelly and Ripa. With no other means to "save face," she took a week off to pout and hope that her bosses would see what a disaster it would be if "she" were to leave also, so her plan worked. Ripa was quickly given a hefty raise to stay with the Live! With Kelly and (Replacement to be named later).

Celebrities such as the lovely Erin Andrews, Jimmy Kimmel and Shay Mitchell, "Pretty Little Liars," stepped in at Kelly Ripa and (Live! producers) to host the show in her absence. Note: I wish that "if" I were a fan of "Live!" I would much prefer Andrews every morning rather than giddy, narcassistic Ripa.

Round two

Both Ripa and Strahan come to the center of "the ring" at the same time smiling those plastic smiles as if everyone had "kissed and kissed off," so viewers actually thought that the feud was over. Not hardly. During a segment of the show, Ripa "just had" to mention Strahan's divorce and how that "this" segment might prove helpful to him. Strahan was caught by studio camera holding back an angry look, but like the "warrior" he was, he continued to act as if everything was okay with him and Ripa.

Final round

After a tumultuous week or so of daytime drama, Michael Strahan opened up about his imminent departure from Live. At the Met Gala, the ever dapper former NFL star told Entertainment Entertainment that despite all the noise, "Every day is great for me."

"I'm on the other side of the dirt," the 44-year-old added.

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to (moving to GMA full-time)," Strahan continued. "But I'm still looking forward to going to work for Liveā€¦I love being there. I still love it. It's a great show, great people, and I'm very fortunate to be a part of it." a smiling Strahan stated.

He also took a moment to stick up for his co-host, Kelly, who has gotten somewhat of a diva rep after she took a tiny sabbatical from work following the news that she'd be losing her work husband.Strahan says everyone "got the wrong impression" of what went down when Kelly was finally told that Michael was leaving.

Reports suggested that Kelly felt blindsided but she cleared the air on her first day back to the show, saying, "What transpired, though, over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace."

Michael's last day on Live will be Friday, May 13. Hopefully he's not superstitious.

Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel | Source
Shay Mitchell, "Pretty Little Liars"
Shay Mitchell, "Pretty Little Liars" | Source

Summary

Personally, I have never taken to Kelly Ripa. Nor was I a huge Regis Philbin fan. Although I did like the chemistry between Philbin and Kathy Lee Gifford on the show I miss: "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee," but those days are over. Rats! Double rats!

Realistically, I would assume that the character(s) of Ripa and Strahan are okay. I cannot and will not hold any judgement toward them. But with that same realistic stroke, if I had to choose, I would love to have watched Michael Strahan and Erin Andrews that is if Kathie Lee Gifford could not have been hired away from NBC's Today Show.

As far as I am concerned, Kelly did learn something from Regis Philbin: How to keep audiences "glued" to the television set with riveting stories about where (she), Mark, and the kids ate last night, how much it cost or if it were "on the house" thanks to her celebrity status. And throw in a slightly humorous story about herself being confused with Hollywood legend, Marilyn Monroe.

In my latter teen years and then in my early adulthood, I have always had a struggle liking people who were "too perfect." My coworkers in the newspaper business can testify to how I used to gripe a "blue streak" about how the media had cast The Osmonds as "perfect" people. Isn't that what the media tried to do with Kelly Ripa?

And folks, the judges say that this "match" ends up a draw. But the real "winners," monetarily-speaking, is Ripa, Strahan, and the next "permanent" replacement for Strahan.

If that be possible.

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