Strahan left his co-hosting gig at Live in May after four years

By Aurelie Corinthios
July 08, 2016 03:25 PM
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Michael Strahan has been enjoying his time off.

Nearly two months have passed since the former NFL pro left his co-hosting position with Kelly Ripa at ABC’s Live.

As for how he’s grown in the months since his exit?

“You know what? I’ve learned to have fun,” Strahan, 44, told E! News Thursday while attending a screening of Ice Age: Collision Course in New York with his 11-year-old twin daughters, Sophia and Isabella. (Strahan voices prehistoric hare Teddy in the movie.)

“Life is not that serious,” he continued. “We have so many things that happen that make you realize how precious life is, how you’d better enjoy every day – you can determine what your attitude is. You wake up, you make yourself happy, you wake up, you make yourself whatever you want to be.”

“That’s how I look at every day I that wake up – and that’s been more than the last few months, that’s just the way I live my life,” he added.

Strahan also said he’s “absolutely” looking forward to his upcoming role as a full time co-anchor at the network’s Good Morning America in September.

“Can’t wait to be there full-time,” he said. “Great, great family to work with over there, I’m looking forward to it.”

Strahan’s exit made major headlines when it was announced in May – the very same day Ripa, 45, learned the news.

Ripa ended up taking almost a week off after the bombshell news, later opening up to PEOPLE exclusively about why she decided to take a stand for herself after being blindsided by the announcement that her co-host was leaving – information she learned at almost the same time as the media.

“I think that all people are deserving of fair treatment in the work place. People deserve respect,” Ripa said. “People should be treated equally and with dignity.”

“People make mistakes, and we’re all human,” she added. “They’re human and I’m human. We all have these moments, and it’s about how you move forward and how you begin again.”

Meanwhile, she’s been working alongside a rotating lineup of guest co-hosts as the search for Strahan’s replacement at Live continues.

“It doesn’t fall out of the sky. It takes a lot of work, and it takes a group discussion,” Ripa told PEOPLE in May. “You want somebody working there who’s comfortable working there. That’s how you figure [it out] – it’s like a puzzle.”

Live with Kelly airs weekdays (check local listings).

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