Disney announced yesterday that ‘Live with Kelly and Michael!’ co-host Michael Strahan would be leaving the show to join ‘Good Morning America’ full-time.
The problem is that no one told Kelly Ripa her co-host was leaving until yesterday — essentially blindsiding her with the news that her entire show is getting ready to change.
She didn’t show up to work today.
Our sources tell us Kelly made the decision shortly after she was informed Strahan was bailing on her show to co-host “Good Morning America.” We broke the story Kelly was told at 10:30 AM Tuesday, just as the announcement was being blasted out to the media … and she was outraged.
We’re told Kelly feels disrespected and humiliated that she wasn’t given the courtesy of a heads-up. Our sources say she may not show for the foreseeable future.
Michael walked onstage Wednesday with Ana Gasteyer, and he made light of the move.
The ‘Live’ staff is furious at Disney and CEO Bob Iger’s decision to keep them in the dark.’
Not only did she not show up, she’s reportedly furious at Michael for following strict orders from Disney CEO Bob Igor and not telling her.
What’s more … we’re told Kelly and Michael don’t get along. Our sources say she feels he’s disrespectful to her and is full of himself. Apparently Michael often rolls with an entourage and it doesn’t sit well with her.
Our sources say Michael reached out to Kelly after the announcement but she has not responded. At the end of Wednesday’s show, he extended an olive branch by singing Kelly’s praises.
Sorry Kelly, it isn’t about you this time. You gotta let that entitlement go.