The apology, which was also extended to Strahan and both hosts' agents, was issued by Disney-ABC Television Group President Ben Sherwood, as well as ABC execs Rebecca Campbell and James Goldston. Execs "expressed regret for the way Kelly was told the news," CNN reports.
The apology mostly focused on ABC execs' failure to communicate the news of Strahan's lateral move from Live! to join the Good Morning America team. According to reports, the 44-year-old former NFL star informed Ripa himself, immediately before the news broke publicly.
Strahan, who joined Live!as Ripa's permanent co-host in September 2012, appeared at Help USA and 92Y’s Change Makers Event in New York City on Monday night where he opened up about the quote "unfortunate" controversy.
"I don't look at it as if I'm leaving one show in a lurch. I look at it as if, ‘You know what? I'm needed in this part of the family for now,'" Strahan explained, regarding his move from one ABC show to another. "I think it's just unfortunate how everything seems to be for a lot of people outside, because everyone has an opinion, without understanding what's going on and that's why."