According to TMZ, Kelly Ripa is not happy about Michael Strahan leaving “Live With Kelly And Michael” to head over to GMA full-time. Further, she wasn’t told in advance and found out when ABC’s parent company, Disney, made the announcement yesterday morning.
Oddly, Ripa was a no-show this morning on “Live.” TMZ says it’s because she’s so pissed. They say that she’s angry and humiliated and feels completely disrespected. They also say that Kelly may be missing many shows in the coming weeks.
TMZ goes on to say that there have been talks of kicking “Live” to the curb and adding another hour to GMA. Their reports say that the staff at “Live” feels that Disney is saying that they only care about helping GMA’s ratings, which have gone down over the past year. The implication, according to TMZ, is that GMA is important, but “Live” isn’t.
Showbiz411.com has reported that at the end of this morning’s show, Michael offered an olive branch to Ripa and then indicated that he won’t be on tomorrow morning’s show. So, perhaps, Kelly will be back tomorrow.
Strahan is scheduled to go full-time at GMA this fall. Looks like it’s going to be a long summer for him.