Uh oh! Kelly Ripa is weighing her options since Michael Strahan decided to bail on ‘Live’ on April 19, and leaving ABC might be one of them! She’s comparing herself to Conan O’Brien, and she might be considering becoming a free agent, too. HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop.
Is Kelly Ripa, 45, going to leave ABC? She’s been on the network for the past 15 years, but she feels totally betrayed that they let Michael Strahan, 44, blindside her by announcing he was leaving. On April 20, a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that she feels like Conan O’Brien when his network betrayed him, and she may follow in his footsteps and become a free agent. Here are the details.
“Kelly is reeling from all of the fallout from Michael’s announcement and she doesn’t know if she can trust anyone in management on the future of her show,” a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “She is now thinking about her own future and she feels like being a free agent could be the best option.”
The whole situation reminds her of a familiar situation on a competing network. “She feels like Conan O’Brien when NBC screwed him over with the whole Tonight Show debacle,” the source continued. For those who don’t remember, when Jay Leno left his show, Conan was guaranteed his time slot. Then Jay decided not to leave and the network screwed Conan over. He was furious, just like Kelly is now.
“She has a lot of meetings with her lawyers in the near future as she weighs what she is going to do with her career,” the source explains. It seems like she’s taking the rest of the week to do just that, as she won’t be back until Tuesday, April 26.
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