Kelly Ripa was absent from “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Wednesday – one day after Michael Strahan announced that he was leaving as cohost to take on duties with the network’s “Good Morning America.”
It was suspected that Ripa was so upset, that she was a no-show at the studio. She learned of her cohost’s announcement at the same time the media was informed of it mid-morning Tuesday. She had no idea Strahan had plans to be a cohost on “GMA.”
A source tells Us Weekly that Kelly called in sick.
“[She] took a sick day,” said the source. “No way she was walking back into that today.”
“Kelly had today off from the show,” a rep from the program added.
Strahan hosted “Live” on Wednesday with actress, Ana Gasteyer. The former NFL player thanked Ripa before concluding the show.
“I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa,” Strahan told the audience. “Kelly welcomed me here, and I’ve learned so much from her, and she’s just been an amazing influence on me. And 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 with Kelly and Michael Gelman and the staff — everybody here is so talented, and this show has not been around for over 30 years by mistake.
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“Kelly, I thank you. I love you. And everyone else here at Live,” he continued. “I’m not going to cry on TV, mama. I promise you. But everybody, thank you. Thank you, guys, so much.”
Michael Strahan was added to the show in 2012 after Regis Philbin stepped down. Ripa has been on the show since 2002 when she filled in for Kathie Lee Gifford.
TMZ reports that Ripa feels “betrayed” by Strahan for not letting her in advance of the surprise announcement. It turns out that Michael was “under strict orders by Disney CEO Bob Iger not to tell anyone about his move to ‘GMA,’” a source told the news site.
Other rumors are buzzing over the unexpected announcement made by Strahan. TMZ adds that Kelly and Michael don’t get along. Kelly allegedly feels “disrespected” by Michael and thinks he has a big ego.
Although Michael Strahan is leaving “Live,” he’ll still work with Kelly Ripa until September.