Sounds like the cold shoulder! After Michael Strahan and ABC completely shocked Kelly Ripa by announcing he was retiring on April 19, she’s reportedly not even talking to him — or anyone who works on the show.
Kelly Ripa is not a happy camper — and now she’s completely avoiding Michael Strahan. So, will she ever come back to Live. It’s actually not likely according to a new report that also claims that not only will she not respond to Michael’s text messages, but she’s also coming off very selfish to the crew on the show.
“Michael has called her and reached out to her and texted her, and she is not acknowledging him,” a source told People magazine. But he’s not the only one she’s not answering; Kelly is reportedly not talking to management either. She actually skipped the show Wednesday, the day after his announcement, and had Vacation days already set for Thursday, Friday and Monday.
However, producers are scrambling and just have “hope” that she’ll return Tuesday. “Nobody knows if she will return to work Tuesday or not, and the people are very nervous. They’re flying blind. The longer she stays silent the more concerned they get,” the insider add. “They’re not booking guest hosts [yet]. If they don’t know anything by late Friday, they might have a contingency plan in place. But she’s not engaging with management.”
Kelly reportedly wanted to “step back” and take some time to think about what she wants to do. “She has to decide whether she can sit there with Michael again. It doesn’t seem like that’s going to be something possible. But she’s trying to make a smart decision not a rash decision.”
Another source also told the magazine that there is a big chance she won’t return to be his co-host. “I don’t believe that co-hosting together is a viable option anymore. Anything is possible, but that doesn’t seem like a viable option. Practically, it’s a different dynamic now.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think she should set aside her feelings and take the higher road?