“I think early on when you’re reading all these things in the paper that aren’t true — I’m not an adulterer. I’m not gay. I mean, I didn’t beat anybody,” Strahan tells Gumbel.
The 6’5″ father of four confronted Muggli, who was his second wife, when he found out she withdrew $3.3 million from their bank accounts. It was then that he decided to divorce her.
In 2007, Strahan and Muggli stood before a judge and she tried to prove that her husband had physically abused her. Despite those claims being dismissed, the judge awarded the embittered ex a whopping $15 million settlement and $18,000 in child support every month.
Though he has the baggage of two failed marriages and a bunch of bad press to tackle, the Hall-of-Fame nominated defensive end still thinks his reputation is pretty intact, telling Gumbel, “People don’t care, everybody has their own problems … I just kept going, being myself and it worked.”
Strahan, who was selected to replace former long time Live! co-host Regis Philbin, now has the once most-sought after daytime job on television beating out 59 other candidates.
Strahan is also engaged to the beautiful Nicole Murphy, Eddie’s ex and co-star of the reality series, “Hollywood Wives,” so life seems pretty darn grand right about now.
Congratulations on moving forward, Michael!