Kelly Ripa To Return To ‘Live’ After Tense Talks With ABC
Vacationing host Kelly Ripa is scheduled to return to “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Tuesday (as previously planned), telling her staff in an e-mail that she’s still processing Michael Strahan’s departure from the show.
ABC got ungulfed in drama last week when Kelly Ripa got blindsided with the announcement that her co-host Strahan was leaving the show in September this year for a full time gig at “Good Morning America.” There were also rumors that GMA will stretch to three hours, leaving Kelly’s show in a lurch.
Kelly did not show up on last Wednesday’s show in protest and went on vacation early with her family.
Kelly wrote her staff last Friday in an e-mail (via PEOPLE):
“Sorry for this late Friday night email. I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information. Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning. Love, Kelly.”
I really hope everything is straightened out. Also, if there’s any silver lining, perhaps we will get Anderson Cooper back on daytime TV with this recent turn of events. Just keep “Live” on the air ABC!