Michael Strahan, who parlayed a nice-guy image cultivated during a 15-year NFL career into a hosting gig on ABC’s “Live With Kelly and Michael,” is safe after a knife-wielding homeless man showed up at ABC’s studios in Manhattan on Tuesday and said he wanted to “kill Michael Strahan.”
Andre Johnson, 25, pulled the knife and made threatening remarks about Strahan, the New York Giants football legend and part-time co-host of “Good Morning America,” during an argument with a security guard near the show’s sidewalk-side set at around 8 a.m., according to the sources.
A police officer working security for the network quickly intervened and knocked the blade from Johnson’s hand.
Johnson was instantly detained by police and authorities recovered a serrated knife at the scene, a source said.
When the maniac was questioned, he said, “I was there to kill Michael Strahan,” according to police sources.
The former NFL star, who along with Kelly Ripa also hosts the popular talk show “Live with Kelly and Michael,” was not in any danger and he was not even aware of the incident until later in the afternoon, a studio source said.
Johnson was charged with attempted assault as a felony, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.