ABC Executive Admits 'We Made Some Mistakes' with Michael Strahan's Transition from 'Live' to 'GMA'

Good Morning America airs weekdays (7–9 a.m. ET) on ABC


Four months after Michael Strahan left his post as co-host of Live, ABC exec Ben Sherwood is admitting that the network “made some mistakes” handling the star’s exit.

“I have most definitely thought about it, and I think that enough has been said about it,” Sherwood, 52, told The Hollywood Reporter. “We made some mistakes, we fixed them quickly and we moved on.”

Sherwood continued, “I was on the set of Live recently: The show is in great shape, Kelly [Ripa] is in a great place, the hunt for a new co-host is underway, the excitement is building, and I believe the future of that show is bright.”

Strahan, 44, abruptly announced in late April that he’d be leaving Live for a larger role at Good Morning America. He formally stepped down on May 13 and took a four-month break before making his GMA debut in September.

Ripa, who hadn’t been given a heads-up on Strahan’s exit, called out of work the day after learning the news. When she returned a week later, she told Live‘s audience that the situation helped her “gain some perspective” and had ultimately sparked a discussion of “communication, consideration, and most importantly, respect in the workplace.”

(For his part, sources told PEOPLE in May that ABC executives apologized to Strahan for putting him in a difficult position.)

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Asked what he learned from the experience, Sherwood said, “I certainly learned that more communication is better.”

Good Morning America airs weekdays (7–9 a.m. ET) on ABC, and Live with Kelly airs weekdays (check local listings).

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