Kelly Ripa, reportedly furious over how the announcement of her co-host Michael Strahan’s exit was handled, stayed away for days but returns Tuesday, Deadline reports.
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Deadline posted an internal email Ripa sent “Live” staff members indicating she’ll return Tuesday. “I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information,” her email said.
Ripa’s reported outrage over how the announcement was handled dominated discussion about the show as Strahan was paired with a number of fill-in guest hosts.
TMZ reported that crew members, fearful for their jobs, were starting to grouse. The New York Daily News reported she was “dodging” Strahan’s calls and previously reported that Ripa “threw a fit” when she learned he would be leaving. The Wrap posted a piece saying “Ripa is having a diva-like fit of pique.”
The New York Time reported “rancor behind the scenes” while Variety reported that “Ripa was angry after ABC executives gathered her, Strahan and the show’s staff together at the end of Tuesday’s taping to reveal that Strahan would end his run at ‘Live’ in four months, then move full time to ‘GMA.’ Immediately afterward, the network announced the move publicly. That night, Strahan received a call from the show telling him that Ripa would not be coming to work the next day.”
So Tuesday’s show shouldn’t be awkward or anything. At all.