Just when we thought it was over, the drama continues behind-the-scenes at LIVE! With Kelly and Michael.
Though Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan have been playing nice in front of the cameras, sources tell TMZ that backstage is a whole different story. To recap, Ripa went on strike last month after Strahan announced he was leaving LIVE! for a permanent gig at Good Morning America. The petite talk show host was extremely angry that she wasn't told beforehand (apparently, she found out at the same time as the rest of us) and decided not to show up to work for a few days.
While on the surface, Ripa seems to have forgiven and moved on, turns out she's still shading Michael every chance she gets in private. According to TMZ, prior to the announcement of Michael's departure, Kelly used to leave her makeup room door open every morning while she was getting her face beat so that Michael could drop by and say good morning on his way in. Ever since he announced his exit, Ripa has made sure the door was firmly shut — sending a clear message.
At this point, things have gotten so frosty that Michael just wants out of LIVE! as quickly and quietly as possible. He's not even expecting an elaborate "final episode" and reportedly told producers he'd he happy with "a few flashback segments" and a mic drop.
Recap the talk show drama with BET Breaks above.