Former NFL player and “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan stops by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday to talk about his new show “GMA Day” and shares his thoughts on the Colin Kaepernick Nike ad.
The two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner explains to DeGeneres that he is not offended by the Kaepernick ad because his father was in the military and he understands that the NFL quarterback is fighting for injustice.
“I know why [Kaepernick] knelt was not in any way disrespect to the military,” Strahan says. “And if my father can look at me and tell me he’s not offended by it because he understands then how can I who didn’t do that service be offended?
“One of the things you can do in this country is protest. And he’s protesting injustices that he sees happening and I take my hat off to him because he really did sacrifice and put so much on the line for other people who he had no idea who they were.”
When asked if he would have taken a knee if he were still playing football, Strahan says he “probably would have” after having a conversation with his dad first.
Later in the show, Strahan dares DeGeneres to take part in his pushup challenge in support of Merging Vets for Players (MVP), and his “GMA Day” co-star Sara Haines joins them to gush for DeGeneres. “Full disclosure, I was crying backstage,” Haines confesses.
DeGeneres then turns the tables on her guests, allowing them to interview her on a recreated “GMA Day” set.