Poor Kelly Ripa. According to Life & Style magazine, the 46-year-old TV star is "truly rattled" and is constantly fearing that her new co-host Ryan Seacrest is going to leave Live just like her old co-star Michael Strahan did. "It feels like the Michael fiasco all over again to Kelly," an insider recently revealed. "[Kelly] believes she’s going to lose Ryan just like she lost Michael."
Kelly and Ryan on Live. (Photo Credit: R/R)
Michael, 45, first joined Live back in September 2012 but left the show less than four years later in April 2016 to instead join the Good Morning America team. After a year of searching for a permanent co-host replacement, ABC announced Ryan, 42, as Kelly's new right-hand man on May 1, 2017. But, just a few weeks later, the network revealed that Ryan would also be joining the upcoming American Idol reboot, much to Kelly's dismay.
"[Kelly] didn't know about the American Idol revival. When she found out she was truly rattled," a source told Life & Style. "[She] is truly pissed that, after all the time ABC spent negotiating with Ryan for Live, they would then buy the show that made him a household name and take him away," another TV insider said. "[Kelly] really thought Live would be Ryan's focus."
To add insult to injury, Live has reportedly been experiencing low ratings ever since Ryan joined the show. "The show is a wreck at the moment... Ryan is just not connecting with daytime viewers. He appeals to a much younger, music-oriented audience. Kelly blames the show. She feels [execs] made a huge miscalculation bringing him on to Live," another source added.
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