Kelly Ripa is taking no prisoners in her battle with ABC. The host of ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ threw a little bit of shade at Michael Strahan over contract negotiations, but the best part came when her co-host totally freaked out over it! Watch here!
The drama continues on the set of Live with Kelly and Michael. Kelly Ripa, 45, had some words to say about ABC while on-air with co-host Michael Strahan, 44, on April 28, and judging by Michael’s reaction, it may be just a bit too soon to joke about contract negotiations around him! If there wasn’t an obvious tension still looming over the duo, then this video definitely proves that the air is not completely cleared between the two.
In a segment where Michael and Kelly come face to face with a horrible-smelling animal, Kelly says of the furry little creature, “I’d like to take him into contract negotiations with me.” This subject matter is, of course, a little bit awkward since Kelly was so livid over how ABC didn’t tell her about Michael’s departure, and she had to negotiate with the network about where she and the show stood following the news.
Michael ignored the comment, but the expression on his face said it all! He could have quite possibly been cringing at the smell of the animal, but we think his look had a little more to do with the embarrassment he felt at his co-host’s candid remark.
Tensions have been high for Michael and Kelly ever since the announcement that Michael would be leaving the show. However, like the consummate professionals they are, they haven’t shown very many obvious moments of animosity since Kelly returned to set on April 26, but in this clip, she definitely lets her true feelings show just a little bit.
Hopefully this was just in good fun, and not a sign of how the show is going to go from here on out. It would have been interesting to see Michael address the comment a little more, but he’s probably just biding his time until he can head out to Good Morning America full-time! His last day on Live! will be May 13, so these two have two more full weeks of working together…let’s hope they can stick it out!
What do you think of Michael’s reaction, HollywoodLifers?