Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa's "breakup" looks like it's far from amicable. A day after Strahan announced he'd be leaving their morning talk show LIVE With Kelly and Michael for a full-time position at Good Morning America, sources say that Ripa is mad as hell and lashing out at the network over his departure.
Apparently, Ripa received a call from ABC bosses that Strahan would be leaving the show at the same time it was announced to the public. What's more, Ripa seems to be getting a clear signal that her long-running show is not a priority for the network or its parent company, Disney, and that there are rumors of bumping LIVE a full hour, to 10 a.m., in order to give Michael and GMA a whole extra hour in the morning.
Ripa is so upset at the shade that she was a no-show at work this morning — kind of a problem considering it's a live morning show. According to sources, Ripa plans to call in sick a lot in the near future.
Strahan, who's been Ripa's sidekick on LIVE since 2012, will begin his full-time hosting duties on GMA in September. “My time with LIVE With Kelly and Michael has been transformative, and my departure will be bittersweet," he said yesterday in a statement. "Kelly has been an unbelievable partner, and I am so thankful to her and the entire team."
Sounds like the feeling is not at all mutual.
Watch our throwback interview with Strahan's Magic Mike XXL co-stars talk about the difference between Black and white strip clubs, below:
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