Gap-toothed gridiron great, and former co-host of the morning chat show “ABC-TV’s Live!,” Michael Strahan finally decided to clear up some of the damaging rumors that sacked his career during his tumultuous divorce from his ex-wife, Jean Muggli. The seemingly always affable Strahan had a sit-down with Bryant Gumbel, the host of HBO’s “Real Sports” which aired on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10 p.m. EST to address those former demons, reports Sports Media News.
When Strahan and Muggli parted ways back in 2006 after seven years of marriage, their separation became fodder for the press. Rumors that were put out by Muggli raised suspicions about the former NFL player. The ex-Mrs. Strahan accused her then-husband of assault, videotaping her sister, neglecting their twin daughters, adultery and even alluded to him being gay.
“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 was also engaged to the beautiful Nicole Murphy, Eddie’s ex and co-star of the reality series, “Hollywood Wives,” so life seemed pretty darn grand.
Congratulations on moving forward, Michael!