Michael Strahan: “Why I Never Closed The Gap In My Teeth…”

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Michael Strahan, the ex-pro football player who has taken the entertainment world by storm with product endorsements, television shows, and co-hosting the popular daytime talk show, LIVE with Kelly & Michael announced that he would be leaving his hosting gig to be an anchor on the successful, Good Morning America morning show.

On the show, Michael addressed the crowd, “I can’t ask for better fans at all. You guys have been absolutely amazing. On top of that, I’ve worked with an incredible staff here,” he said, adding that he’s “always available to guest co-host if I get a call,” he told his fans.

At the end of the show, he closed out, lauding co-host Kelly Ripa for her openness and the impact she has made on his life:

“I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa, because Kelly welcomed me here and I’ve learned so much from her, and she’s just been an amazing influence on me. This has truly changed my life to be here with her, and I know that the show will continue to be strong and great because of Kelly…Kelly, I thank you. I love you and everyone else here at LIVE!.”

Despite his success, unlike many other celebs who become more in the spotlight get a tummy tuck here, get “a little” plastic surgery there, or get their teeth fixed, Strahan didn’t do any of that.  In fact, Strahan doesn’t mind the gap in his teeth that everyone associates with his smile now. He says it helped him get to where he is now.

In a recent interview, he revealed that there was a time when he thought about closing his trademark gap-toothed grin. But ultimately he realized that his smile, however “flawed” it was by Hollywood standards, was as much a part of his identity as his Hall of Fame pro football career and fun-loving TV personality.

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“I was really close to closing it up. I was at the dentist having him do mock-ups. I thought about it,” the retired NFL great, 41, tells ELLE mag, recalling how much pressure there was to be perfect as a young 20-something athlete for the New York Giants. “You can fix everything now.”

Strahan decided, however, that he didn’t need to be “fixed.”

“I made the conscious effort to say, ‘This is who I am,'” he explains of why he didn’t and won’t close up his teeth. It was actually something his mom and dad instilled in him was to be himself at all times. “I’m not perfect. I don’t want to try to be perfect.”…