Crazy coincidence— or cursed?
After weeks of bitter feuding, Michael Strahan ended his hosting duties alongside Kelly Ripa for last time today, which also happens to be Friday the 13th.
"Don't take this as a bad sign, it's Friday the 13th!" Ripa, 45, said to a cheering audience as soon as she and partner Strahan took their seats.
"13 is a lucky number," Strahan, 44, quickly assured fans. "I am happy, I'm not 6 feet under, I'm 6 feet, 5 above the ground!"
Despite Ripa's slams about him in a no-holds-barred interview this week, the future Good Morning America anchor insisted he was leaving on a high note.
"I'm not dying!" he stressed. "I'm still in the family and I'm still available to come back if I'm ever called back to co-host. I'm not gone."
Ripa mentioned he could fill in for her, as she's going on a summer vacation in a few weeks.
"Too soon?" Strahan quipped, likely referring to the bad blood on the set.
Though he claimed he only wanted to "have fun" on his last day and not get sentimental, Ripa gave a touching tribute to her co-host of many years.
"We had a lot of fun, we've made a lot of memories," she gushed, before producers cued a montage of Strahan's silliest moments from the show.
Ripa's chipper attitude was a far cry from her interview with People magazine this week, in which she said "people deserve respect" in regards to Strahan's sudden exit from the show that made him a daytime TV star. ("Kelly has gone rogue," a source told Radar of her far too candid tell-all.)
As Radar extensively reported, Ripa was livid when Strahan and Live execs told her about his departure to GMA just moments before the news was announced to the public on April 20.
"Kelly sees this as the ultimate betrayal," a source told Page Six.
She infamously skipped work to "gain perspective" before returning to the show a week later.