Poor Kelly Ripa!
According to a new report, the 45-year-old TV star was totally left in the dark over her Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan's sudden decision to leave the show to instead join Good Morning America.
"[She] was completely blindsided. It all happened very quickly," a source told People. Another insider added Kelly is "furious" over Michael's departure.
Kelly and Michael on Live!. (Photo Credit: R/R)
On Tuesday, April 19, ABC announced Michael, 44, is leaving Live! to instead join the GMA team as a co-anchor beginning this fall. The TV personality previously joined Live! in September 2012 after longtime co-host Regis Philbin left the program. He was subsequently added to the GMA team in 2014 and has been appearing on the show twice per week while continuing to work on Live! alongside Kelly.
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Just one day after Michael's career move was revealed, Kelly surprised fans by failing to appear on the Wednesday, April 20 episode of Live!. "She's a no-show today. No quote from her anywhere wishing him well," the source added to People. "She was pissed two years ago when he was asked to do just two days a week on GMA."
Live! will reportedly kick off a search to replace Michael when its new season premieres in the fall.
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