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Published: Thu, April 21, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Kelly Ripa a no-show after Michael Strahan announces exit

Kelly Ripa a no-show after Michael Strahan announces exit

"With Kelly and Michael", the daily talk show he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa to work full-time on “Good Morning America.” ABC said Tuesday, April 19, that a search for Strahans replacement will begin in the fall.

With "Live" likely to repeat that audition process, Ripa will have to carry the show aided by a series of guest sidekicks whose familiarity with the daytime talk format and with "Live" specifically will be near nil compared to her own.

Strahan's news and Ripa's reaction have unleashed a torrent of melodrama surrounding co-hosts and a show that are best known for their chipper, affable personas. Since that time, Ripa has not appeared on the set.

"Kelly didn't want to show up to work and mouth off and say something she would have regretted", reports Page Six.

Kelly Ripa is up for an epic fight with ABC...at least that's what we're reading into what she's reading. Then on Monday, when Ripa had a previously-scheduled vacation day, actress Shay Mitchell will fill in. But it wasn't co-host Kelly Ripa sitting at his side when he made the announcement.

People's insider said, "Gelman doesn't treat Michael bad and doesn't talk to him the way he talks to Kelly..." A few months ago, Strahan joined Good Morning America on a part-time basis. Besides feeling blindsided by the sudden news, it's rumored that Ripa also feels that the way ABC handled the news shows a lack of respect for the show. Meanwhile Strahan cheerfully discussed his new GMA job in front of "Live's" studio audience.

He did address Ripa at the end of the show.

A source says this is just the beginning of Kelly's "absences" and that she will skip more shows in protest. She sat next to Regis Philbin as co-host for 10 years before his retirement.

As for who's going to replace the former football star when he leaves, that's still up in the air. According to sources Ripa makes nearly $15 million a year and while that is a lot, apparently she and her husband spend enough to keep up with it, meaning she still needs the multi-millions she makes every year.

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