Is Lara Spencer green with envy over Michael Strahan? He reportedly took her coveted lead anchor spot on ‘GMA,’ and rumor had it that she was extremely jealous. Find out the truth about how Lara really feels right here!
There may be even more drama stirring for Michael Strahan! Before the 44-year-old joins the Good Morning America crew full time, his soon-to-be co-anchor Lara Spencer, 46, is reportedly extremely upset over the show giving Michael the position, as she was supposedly next in line. His move from Live With Kelly & Michael already has Michael on Kelly Ripa‘s bad side — so is he also on Lara’s?
Even if Lara may be a little bummed about not getting Michael’s spot, a source told E! News that there are no hard feelings. “Lara and Michael are very close friends,” the insider said.
Phew, crisis averted! Lara has been with GMA for 17 years, and was apparently hoping to take over the 8am hour to report softer celebrity news — but Michael has since been promised that slot in addition to becoming a full-time co-anchor. This sparked rumors that Lara was jealous of Michael, as a source told Daily Mail that his promotion voided her once-guaranteed main anchor spot. Luckily it sounds like that’s not the case!
In fact, Michael dropped by GMA on April 21 to chat with his future TV family, including Lara, George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, and they had nothing but nice things to say to Michael. Lara even gave him some advice!
After George told Michael, “We cannot wait for you full-time,” he asked Michael if he was ready to join the GMA bunch. Michael replied that he needs tips on how to wake up so early every day, and Lara chimed in saying, “You’re going to be tired. Own it. Love it. It’s part of life.”
While there seems to be no envy in the GMA studios, Live is a different story. Just one day after Michael made his announcement — which apparently “blindsided” Kelly — his Live cohost mysteriously took the day off. Kelly was reportedly “livid” about Michael’s decision, and there’s question if she’ll even return to the show before Michael leaves.
The fate of Live still remains unclear, but Michael has been adamant about expressing that he considers Kelly and the Live crew as well as the GMA cast “family.” Surely he didn’t want to cause any problems with his move to GMA, so hopefully Kelly’s tensions will subside in the near future. Hey, at least, he doesn’t have Lara mad at him too!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Lara should be upset about Michael going on to GMA full time? Are you excited he’ll be permanently joining the GMA gang?