Good news for fans of “Live! With Kelly and Michael.” Kelly Ripa will be back on the show Tuesday, according to TMZ.
Ripa’s people talked with Disney and came to an agreement since the show was hanging in the balance following Michael Strahan’s sudden announcement. He informed everyone last Tuesday that he was leaving “Live!” to co-host “Good Morning America” full-time. It blindsided Kelly.
ABC sources revealed to TMZ that “Kelly’s people made it clear she would come back if they could get assurance the show wasn’t getting the ax.”
There was chatter that ABC execs were mulling over adding a third hour to “GMA” and giving “Live!” the boot. It looks as if the heads of ABC reassured Kelly enough to secure her return to the show this week. She left early for vacation last week after fallout erupted from Strahan’s unexpected news.
It’s still unclear if a third hour will be added to “GMA,” the report notes. That decision hinges on how ratings perform over the next year on both shows with all of the changes.
Kelly Ripa is said to be all for Michael Strahan exiting “Live!” earlier than September. Neither one of them are down with hosting together under the intense circumstances.
Numerous reports declare that the pair haven’t gotten along the last few years.
People spoke with various sources claiming Kelly Ripa wouldn’t be back on “Live!.”
“I don’t believe that co-hosting together is a viable option anymore,” a source reveals. “Anything is possible, but that doesn’t seem like a viable option. Practically, it’s a different dynamic now.”
A second source tells the magazine that Michael has “called her and reached out to her and texted her, and she is not acknowledging him.”
Are you excited to hear that Kelly will be back on Tuesday?