Michael Strahan's "Bittersweet" 'Live With Kelly and Michael' Features Laughs, Tributes

Michael Strahan co-hosted his last episode of Live With Kelly and Michael on Friday, leaving the daytime show ahead of joining Good Morning America full time in the fall.

While reports ahead of Strahan's episode indicated that the entire show wouldn't be dedicated to saying goodbye to Kelly Ripa's co-host, the duo didn't waste any time addressing Strahan's departure.

During the show intro, the announcer said, "Join us to raise a glass to remember laughs and fun times we shared on Michael Strahan's flashback farewell Friday."

Ripa, wearing a black dress, and Strahan, sporting a dark suit and purple shirt that was open at the neck, walked out to P!nk's "Raise a Glass" and then in a reversal of their normal habit, Ripa pulled out Strahan's chair for him.

Once Ripa took a seat, she grabbed Strahan around the neck lovingly.

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Her first words, though, addressed the ominous date, as the show traditionally begins with the co-hosts stating the date.

"Don't take this as a bad sign: it's Friday the 13th. But you said 13 is a lucky number," Ripa said.

"It is your final day on the show," she continued, as the audience said, "Awww." "We all came to celebrate you. We want to remind you that there's a run on discounted merchandise at the kiosk," she joked.

Strahan then addressed his farewell.

"It's bittersweet. Of course you get nervous," he said. "This is a moment I didn't anticipate being here, at least not at this point. I'm not dying. I'm still in the family and still available to come back as co-host."

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Strahan added that he didn't want the show to make a big fuss over him. "I don't like a big to do about it. We come out here every morning, we make people laugh, that's what we need to do now. Get on with the show," he said.

With that they talked about what they did the night before but just a few minutes later they took their first look back, remembering some of Strahan's memorable host-chat moments, from the opening segment of the show when they traditionally talk about the news and what they did the night before and present the day's trivia contest.

The look back featured a montage of Ripa and Strahan walking out and dancing; playing jelly bean roulette, with Strahan appearing to get some unfortunate-tasting flavors; Kelly measuring his tongue; and the time Strahan accidentally gave away the answer to the trivia contest when he misheard the caller's guess.

"Gelman wants me to remind you you owe him $8,000," Ripa joked when the montage ended.

Strahan, "I really thought I heard 'bowling,' [which was the correct answer]."

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After they returned from the break, they took a quick look back at more of their memorable moments together, including the two of them pretending to try out shake weights, something Ripa said she still wonders why they did.

The first Live guest, Matt Bomer, who appeared with Strahan in Magic Mike XXL, took a minute to "get a little sappy," as he called it and praise Strahan. "You always conduct yourself with great intelligence and grace, and I wish you the best," he said.

After Bomer's interview, when Live returned from its commercial break, the show played another montage of Ripa and Strahan, this time dancing.

Ripa joked there was nothing more they enjoyed than watching flashback footage of themselves.

Carmelo Anthony was the next guest.

After the interview with Anthony, Live aired a more comprehensive look back at Strahan's time on the show, starting from him being named Ripa's official co-host, replacing Regis Philbin, on Sept. 4, 2012, when as she said, he "bolted into the studio"

"We had a lot of fun, made a lot of memories and learned thing or two about Michael Strahan," Ripa continued introducing the look-back. "Michael, this is your life." The clips shown featured Strahan sporting various costumes, including him dressing up as Serena Williams and spoofing "Call Me Maybe."

The show also aired clips of the duo taking part in physical challenges, like something called a "wife-carrying competition," wrestling and Strahan lifting Ripa and Kristin Chenoweth. Strahan's take on British and French accents was also highlighted as was his NFL Hall of Fame induction and the duo broadcasting from the White House and interviewing President Obama.

The comprehensive look back ended with footage of Ripa introducing Strahan as her co-host in 2012 and then the following words appeared on a black screen, "Farewell. Good Luck. Keep Smiling." There were no clips of Strahan or Ripa addressing his departure on Live.

As they went to break, RIpa gave Strahan a kiss on the cheek and an extended hug.

At the end of the show, Ripa presented Strahan with some gifts and toasted him with Champagne as they both said some kind words about working together and Strahan's next chapter.

The gifts consisted of a pair of bronzed heels he wore during one of Live's memorable Halloween episodes, a framed photo of him wearing short-shorts, a picture that has been the subject of gentle teasing at Live, and a photobook of memories for Strahan to take home.

"No matter where you go, you're always here with us," Ripa said.

"We couldn't be prouder of you," she said. "You have given us so much joy in the mornings. We really are so so proud of you. I look forward to watching every morning and seeing what you achieve over at Good Morning America."

Strahan added, "I just want to say thank you to everyone. You let me into your home every day for four years. You opened up your hearts to me and homes to me. It's been so overwhelming the response you've had to this show."

He went on to explain that he considers the live audience the third co-host and that the show's not about him or Ripa, "it's about everybody here," paying tribute to the staff.

"They make sure we're always prepared. We love you, we appreciate you," he said as music swept in. Strahan and Ripa gave each other a kiss on the cheek as the show came to an end.

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