Kelly Ripa Blindsided By Michael Strahan Departure News
As previously reported Michael Strahan will leave “Kelly & Michael” in September to permanently join the “Good Morning America” anchor team.
Now rumors are swirling that the news totally “blindsided” Kelly and she won’t return to the show until Michael leaves this fall.
Kelly Ripa took the morning off from work at Live With Kelly and Michael on Wednesday, one day after it was revealed that her cohost Michael Strahan would be leaving the show to go to Good Morning America.
No reason was given for the sudden absence and it is now unclear when she will return to the work as multiple sources at ABC tell DailyMail.com that Ripa is refusing to turn up to work until Strahan leaves the show.
The sources claim that Ripa was blindsided by the decision to move Strahan, adding that the company thinks the success of Good Morning America is more important than Live, and had grown concerned as GMA has become increasingly threatened by Today in recent months.
A source close to Ripa says; ‘Kelly isn’t making any demands. She is very hurt that Disney hasn’t even spoken to her yet so they are assuming that she isn’t coming back.’
The source adds; ‘She wants to wait and see what happens. She’d also like someone to do the right thing and speak to her face to face rather than plot and plan behind her back.’
Meanwhile, sources claim that the decision to move Strahan to Good Morning America was all the work of Disney Media co-chair and former ABC News president Ben Sherwood.
The sources say that Sherwood is hoping to stabilize Good Morning America and believes that Strahan is perfect for the show’s 8:00 hour.
ABC did not respond to repeated requests for comment from DailyMail.com.
Poor Kelly, she and Strahan seem so close. Wonder why he didn’t at least give her an inkling…