Can you say major drama? Kelly Ripa is beyond hurt that Michael Strahan is leaving ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’, but even more devastated that nobody bothered to tell her about it! Kelly’s apparently not coming back to the show until her cohost leaves for his new gig — in September! But why?
HollywoodLife.com previously told you that Kelly Ripa, 45, has felt so incredibly betrayed by ABC and Michael Strahan, 44, himself after the network announced his departure, that she was refusing to come back to the show until he admitted it! With Michael doing just that on the April 20 episode of Live With Kelly & Michael (and Kelly nowhere in sight!), something even more shocking has happened: she’s not coming back until he leaves for good!
“Kelly isn’t making any demands,” a source told Daily Mail. “She is very hurt that Disney hasn’t even spoken to her yet so they are assuming that she isn’t coming back. She wants to wait and see what happens. She’d also like someone to do the right thing and speak to her face to face rather than plot and plan behind her back.”
Wow! It was eyebrow-raising when Kelly happened to be absent from Live the day after ABC announced that Michael would be leaving the show and joining Good Morning America as a full time host. Talk about sending a message! But Kelly’s hurt apparently runs much deeper than missing one episode!
Kelly felt “blindsided” by Michael’s announcement, as her cohost didn’t bother to tell her or the show’s longtime executive producer Michael Gellman about what was happening until right after the April 19th show. Aka, she found out with the rest of the world! That’s cold! Will Kelly’s plan to sit things out and see what the network does to make this up for her work? September is an awfully long time to be off the air, especially with talk that Michael’s move to GMA may knock her out of the 9:00am time slot altogether!
As for now, Kelly is at least not coming in to Live With Kelly & Michael for the rest of the week, a source close to Kelly told PEOPLE magazine! “Kelly feels like [ABC is] telling her they don’t value her or the show,” the source said. “She was a barely known soap actress and she revitalized the whole show. She is just devastated and furious. And she needs time. She’s not planning on going in for the rest of the week.”
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by Kelly’s demands? Tell us in the comments!