It looks like we may not ever see Kelly and Michael sitting side-by-side again! The show has changed so much that co-hosting is not ‘a viable option’ now, according to a new report.
After ABC completely blindsided Kelly Ripa when Michael Strahan announced he was leaving Live!, she hasn’t yet returned to the desk, and he’s had other cohosts. While it was first because she was on vacation, sources now claim that she actually is not planning on coming back at all until he’s gone.
“I don’t believe that co-hosting together is a viable option anymore,” a source told People magazine. “Anything is possible, but that doesn’t seem like a viable option. Practically, it’s a different dynamic now.”
After Tuesday’s announcement, Kelly actually skipped the show the following day and we told you that she had planned a vacation with her husband from Thursday, Friday and Monday. However, she canceled her trip to Turks and Caicos and now she refuses to come in — or answer work calls.
“Michael has called her and reached out to her and texted her, and she is not acknowledging him,” a second source told the magazine, adding that she also wasn’t dealing with management at all, going “radio silent.” Now, “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.”
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.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think she’ll come back? Should she? Let us know your thoughts.