Kelly Ripa Off ‘Live!’ Rest Of Week; Erin Andrews & ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star To Fill In

Michael Strahan will have to get through tomorrow and Friday’s Live! with Kelly and Michael as gracefully as he can, as reports rage about co-host Kelly Ripa being angry over handling of news he’s leaving to join Good Morning America full time.

A show spokesperson confirmed that Ripa will be out on Friday and Monday for a previously scheduled vacation. Seizing an opportunity, ABC said today that its Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews will guest-host tomorrow’s show with Strahan. She also will do Friday’s broadcast, which already was scheduled to pre-tape on Thursday. On Monday’s show, Strahan will be joined by Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell; her show airs on Freeform — which, like ABC, is owned by Disney.

Ripa was trending on Twitter today after she was a no-show for this morning’s show. Sources say she’s miffed at the company’s handling of news that her co-host Strahan was joining Good Morning America full time. Her absence fueled reports that Ripa got blindsided by yesterday’s announcement Strahan would join the morning news program full time in September. And there was more media eyebrow-raising when Ripa’s absence this morning was followed by no statement from Ripa wishing him well.

One industry source suggested Ripa’s reaction may tell you all you need to know about why execs may have made the decision to let her know about the move later rather than sooner. She was informed of Strahan’s departure after they’d finished Tuesday’s Live broadcast;  media reports began to follow within 30 minutes.

Ana Gasteyer filled in for Ripa on the program this morning, awkwardly, though through no fault of her own.

Meanwhile, sources say that while Strahan has great chemistry with the GMA team, some members are not wild about Strahan being positioned as the guy who’s being brought in to turn the place around. ABC News chief James Goldston, in making the announcement, called Strahan “a great modern thinker and leader” and spoke of his “incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans and all kinds of newsmakers to a host of modern American cultural icons.”

It was a move ABC execs wanted to make for some time. “The invitation was always out there,” said one person with knowledge of the situation.

Once Strahan said to deal him in, things moved very quickly and little time elapsed between when he agreed and this week’s announcement.

Bringing Strahan on board GMA full time is a no brainer, given his track record appearing twice weekly on the show, and the importance to the company of bolstering the lucrative morning program. Meanwhile, moving Strahan off Live is considered relatively low risk, given that Ripa previously carried the program for a year before Strahan was named her co host. Exec producer Michael Gelman is “good at this,” one insider noted, having executed several show co-host on-air searches in the past. “The co-host search is fun to watch,” said the source. “They get a ton of big names to try out.  And, ratings went up last time she looked for her new on-air partner.

Even so, sources say Ripa was less than thrilled when ABC announced two years ago that Strahan would appear on GMA  two days a week. Making that announcement back then, Strahan assured Ripa, on air, that his Live! gig was his top priority:  “This is what I do. … This is me,” he said. “This is my home. No matter what. I go nowhere. This is my love. You are my love. This is my job. So don’t worry, anybody, I’m not going anywhere.”

This morning, when Strahan made his official announcement of his pending exit on Live! he had to do so without Ripa by his side.

“Kelly’s off today,” Strahan said, convincing no one, by way of getting things rolling on today’s broadcast.

“I’ve been in the news lately,” he continued, addressing Gastayer, a Saturday Night Live alum who might be better known to ABC audiences as Suburgatory’s Sheila Shay. “I am leaving this show … to go over to GMA full-time, which is going to happen in September,” he continued, assuring viewers, “It is the same channel.”

Ripa’s not the only one taken by surprise that Disney would upend a daytime show that this season is the No. 1 entertainment daytime talk show in households (2.9 rating), tied for No. 1 among women 25-54 (1.4) and is second overall among syndicated talkers behind Dr. Phil. It was the talk of the industry yesterday when the news broke. In news circles, pundits suggested it spoke to ABC concerns about Good Morning America.

A couple of weeks ago, NBC’s Today snapped GMA’s 108-week streak as No. 1 in overall audience when the NBC News show won  the weekly ratings race in both total viewers and the news demo for the first time since since 2012.

Season to date, NBC’s Today is 138K news demo viewers ahead of GMA; same time last year, GMA was ahead by 150K. In overall audience, GMA leads Today by 240K viewers, down from its 612K-viewer lead in April 2015.

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58 Comments

  1. Morrie Eisenmanon Apr 20, 2016 3:46 pm

    She is acting like a teenager whose boyfriend dumped her by text!(;-))

    • on Apr 20, 2016 9:28 pm

      Good now she can have some hamburgers!!!
      Ice cream!!!! Pizza!!!!!

  2. BenjiHon Apr 20, 2016 3:58 pm

    Why are morning show host changes been handled so poorly so often, for decades? Jane Pauley, Deborah Norville, Ann Curry, Star Jones, Rosie O’Donnell, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd, Rosie Perez, Nicholle Wallace.

    • Barbaraon Apr 20, 2016 6:44 pm

      Will miss him very much, never watch GMA as I sleep in too often and my DVR is too full to record it. Only watch LIVE when I want to see particular guests. Both Kelly and Michael are fantastic and I can’t belive the story that they hate each other because they are a great team. He’ll do well with whatever he does…but more money isn’t everthing when you already have more than you need to do whatever you want. I can understand if Kelly is used and broken hearted, especially to have to find out in news rather than confiding I her before it was announced

      • 1redowlon Apr 20, 2016 11:58 pm

        I’ll watch GMA when they get rid of Robin Roberts!

    • turnitupon Apr 21, 2016 7:44 am

      Daytime talk is a dirty game. A high concentration of back stabbers. That much show that many a week will kill the conscience.

  3. Suena Williamson Apr 20, 2016 4:05 pm

    Still can’t believe just how poorly this was handled. SMH.

    • on Apr 20, 2016 6:54 pm

      Let’s play cohost .. ………
      -Her husband
      -Regis
      -the Tonies guy host
      -Jerry mconnel
      -Andy Cohen
      -Seinfeld
      -Ryan seacrest
      And others.
      Oh boy a cohost contest. Like the voice
      and am. idol. Yippeee!!!!!!

      • sneedetteon Apr 21, 2016 5:06 am

        You forgot Jeff Gordon..😀

      • Cherylon Apr 21, 2016 2:13 pm

        Agreed, if this is true then it was unprofessional of the network and rude of Michael.

    • Patricia Evanson Apr 20, 2016 8:56 pm

      Handled poorly yes, but her reaction is just childish. She should understand that no one is indispensable. Show could be live with ??? and ??? while she looks for a job.

      • on Apr 21, 2016 4:39 am

        Start the co hosting immediately-
        just ……add…….another potential person
        right now, so then there are ….3 hosts
        instead of just 2. It will ruin his spotlight
        and enable an early search for the
        new co host on his time instead of just
        dumping it all onto Kelly. Creeps.

      • Suena Williamson Apr 21, 2016 9:09 am

        Oh I absolutely agree with you. She should’ve been at work yesterday, and furthermore, NO ONE should’ve known how upset she was other than her management, husband and close friends.

  4. SEon Apr 20, 2016 4:09 pm

    Am I the only one a bit confused by all the fuss surrounding Michael Strahan? He seems likable enough, but I always feel like there’s no “there” there and that his need to be a cool guy undermines his ability to be taken seriously. I also think ABC owes Kelly Ripa an apology for making such a splashy, public announcement without giving her the courtesy of a heads-up. It’s a slap in the face for someone who has made them a fortune and who likely had a say in the hiring of Strahan.

    • joshreaderon Apr 20, 2016 10:36 pm

      ABC absolutely owe Ripa an apology. She was treated terribly here. She should absolutely have been informed in advance. Sorry, but her gripe is legit. To all those saying she is having an undeserved hissy fit, if you were in her shoes, on that show, you’d be angry too.

      • on Apr 21, 2016 3:01 pm

        I totally agree. …
        This is just awful!!
        How embarrassing and to think she would go LIVE, it would of been way more awkward then what was played in front of Anna.
        ABC sucks.
        Dirty players.

        • sneedetteon Apr 21, 2016 6:58 pm

          I agree…ABC needs to start apologizing!

    • Cherylon Apr 21, 2016 2:16 pm

      Again Agree!!! & Mark Consuelos would make a GREAT CO-HOST!

      • sneedetteon Apr 21, 2016 7:06 pm

        Oh..I agree…Apologize ABC..you were completely Wrong on the way this was handled. And, Mark Consuelos or Jeff Gordon…Two perfect fits for the show. Oh..and can’t forget..All haters saying things about Kelly off of work..Read a bit more first please. Kelly was off due to an already planned family vacation. As in..she had these days off already.

  5. Sage on the Hudsonon Apr 20, 2016 4:12 pm

    Ripa’s co-host decamps for a better situation, as most of us would, but she conveniently comes down with a case of the vapors.

    Such stressful, backbreaking work, this TV hosting.

  6. 1redowlon Apr 20, 2016 4:20 pm

    How very unprofessional of Kelly Ripa to act in this manner.
    She owes every penny of her enormous salary to this show.

    If she had been offered a plum promotion she would have left before the closing titles! However, what could she possibly do without any discernible talent?

    • nbtxon Apr 20, 2016 7:18 pm

      Absolutely, a very unprofessional move by Ms. Ripa.

    • on Apr 20, 2016 8:23 pm

      You act as though you know her! I don’t believe you do, so therefore you can’t make a comment without all the facts.
      I don’t like GMA, and I won’t watch it just because Michael will be on fulltime!

      • 1redowlon Apr 21, 2016 12:04 am

        Explain your initial comment.
        Her salary is a known fact. The rest are my opinions based on what I have seen over the years.

    • joshreaderon Apr 20, 2016 10:41 pm

      Oh, please… Ripa has a very rare talent, which is connecting with a large audience on a daily basis, being likable and capable of thinking on her feet. You really think anyone can do that? The ratings of her show – while so many other, similar shows crash – say otherwise. She may not deserve a Pulitzer, but to say she has no “discernible talent” is ridiculous.

      And leaving after being offered a “plum promotion” isn’t the same as not informing your long-time co-worker. If you were in her position, you would be angry too. Don’t pretend otherwise.

      • turnitupon Apr 21, 2016 7:46 am

        Agreed

  7. John De Herreraon Apr 20, 2016 4:25 pm

    Did ABC not just tarnish two of their talents? Both she and him look bad. They need an executive head to roll to cover for them now. Someone needs to be blamed for how badly the transfer was handled and how awkward things were made.

    • nbtxon Apr 20, 2016 7:19 pm

      I don’t think Strahan looks bad at all. He is staying with ABC, execs knew what was going on.

      • John De Herreraon Apr 20, 2016 8:28 pm

        Apparently he’s said time and again how the show was family; he didn’t tell his family what was coming. If that was because someone told him not to mention it, still makes him look bad, but more the execs fault than his in the latter case.

  8. Anonymouson Apr 20, 2016 4:36 pm

    Wondering how people like Lara Spencer and Jesse Palmer at GMA feel about this? Nobody is talking about either of them. Seems like everyone there is dispensable despite what the execs there say.

    • Danon Apr 20, 2016 5:09 pm

      why are you worried about Jesse? He’s just lucky to be there.

    • Geoffon Apr 20, 2016 5:50 pm

      Yes, and Strahan is dispensable too. We’ll see how long he lasts at GMA. If the ratings don’t improve there, Strahan will take the fall. The way this announcement was handled didn’t do him any favors.

  9. Anonymouson Apr 20, 2016 5:07 pm

    Kelly Ripa and the Live gig is way better than GMA. The network morning shows play musical chairs like nobody! He should’ve stayed put. Much better for him in the long run. That said, he might’ve not had that choice in this matter.

  10. Kon Apr 20, 2016 5:07 pm

    Kelly Who?

  11. ATon Apr 20, 2016 5:21 pm

    How did ABC manage back to back screw ups like this (first with Stana Katic)??? Really disappointing

  12. Joeyon Apr 20, 2016 5:38 pm

    Wish she was gone permanently. The most narcissistic morning host with nothing to say, yet she consistently talks over her guests to turn the attention to her. Surprised she has lasted this long.

  13. mdeatherageon Apr 20, 2016 6:57 pm

    GMA is a network show, “Live” is syndicated. It’s not the same channel in dozens of markets. Doesn’t Strahan know this?

  14. anthonyon Apr 20, 2016 7:03 pm

    “Kelly Ripa’s being angry over handling of news.” What else is new?? Kelly is the queen of egotistical arrogance!! Kelly has been a pain in the butt with everyone from the production staff to her previous co-host; just as Regis Philbin!! Ripa breathes, believes and lives in her imagination that she is the best talent that’s ever been TV. Kelly Ripa’s arrogant, pretentious, domineering attitude gives Diva’s a bad name. One need not look any further than to surmise or fathom by watching her cunning manipulative, pompous, narcissistic attempting in thinking that we believe she’s a very sweet person. Even Stevie Wonder can see through her pretentious so called acting, One thing is for sure she can’t convince anyone of her professional so called talent because her inability to act by her phony smile in order to hide her ongoing selfish self-serving reason! Lassie has better acting ability than she’s has including her lack of loyalty to the truth. Query was Megyn Kelly cloned from Kelly Ripa’s? An obvious pair of cuff links.. Please ABC, get rid of her!

  15. thekevinwalker@gmail.comon Apr 20, 2016 7:07 pm

    Kelly is completely justified in her actions. If a woman had done what Strahan had done, she’d be vilified.

    Imagine being the star of your show, looking for a partner, then choosing your co-star, and then a few years later he tells you that he went and got a new job.

  16. Sad viewer!!!!on Apr 20, 2016 7:09 pm

    That was handled very badly it’s saying they have NO respect for Kelly! I wish her a relaxing few days off! Hey Michael thought you were Kelly ‘s friend that’s really crappy of you . Quess your out for yourself!!!!!

  17. wishinwellon Apr 20, 2016 7:09 pm

    Do u ever get the feeling there is more to a story, well that’s how this one sounds think maybe he was transfer over to GMA regardless hope they don’t put Anderson Cooper or Doogie Howser guy- won’t matter haven’t watched this program since Regis Philbin.

  18. on Apr 20, 2016 7:10 pm

    Michael Strahand is taking care of himself GMA did not let him talk about the change until they we’re ready. Kelly is fine and she is going to be fine believe that. He’ll be replaced just like Regis was. They are just faking, they could care less about were he went, they could be mad because of the ratings. But Michael hasn’t done anything wrong but got himself some more money, they probably don’t want him to make as much or more money as she is making.

  19. Alex son Apr 20, 2016 7:28 pm

    Prediction: Michael will be off the show by the end of the month. And Kelly will not return till after he’s gone.

    No way they can play nice after this PR disaster. Awkward.

  20. on Apr 20, 2016 7:35 pm

    It is clear that Kelly is so very jealous of Michael. This is not the first partner that has left her hanging. Just maybe she is the problem.

    • on Apr 20, 2016 8:24 pm

      Oh please!

    • cadavraon Apr 20, 2016 10:32 pm

      Why would she be jealous? She makes $20 million a year for two hours’ work a day and much more from commercials and guest appearances. Even with the move, Strahan isn’t making anywhere near what she does.

      • 1redowlon Apr 20, 2016 11:57 pm

        Maybe ??? I think that Regis couldn’t wait to get away from her !

        • cadavraon Apr 21, 2016 10:05 am

          Regis retired because he was 80 and tired of the daily grind.

  21. noodleheadon Apr 20, 2016 7:49 pm

    Strahan is a useless noodlehead. Does being talentless make him look cute/endearing?

  22. on Apr 20, 2016 11:03 pm

    ok…things change…yes it could have been done better..but Ms Kelly, I am not sure of her reaction…ok he is going to move on…he changed his mind…situations change he/ABC should/could have handled it better….yes I would be disappointed by him leaving…but for Ms Kelly not to show up for work didn’t look too good….it sorta looks like pouting ..I would be ringing ABC’S phone…Congrats Michael…

  23. daviddavidon Apr 21, 2016 3:41 am

    This is just what Bob Iger did to Regis
    Regis would, in fact, be the perfect replacement!
    But, it will probably go to Anderson Cooper – who is good, but never did figure out his appeal.
    In reality, cancel this show …

  24. Scott Magidon Apr 21, 2016 6:02 am

    Rippa should go back to buying $900 shoes, which she once bragged about.

  25. Alex Tikason Apr 21, 2016 7:41 am

    Remember when Iyanla pulled the same crap on Oprah ?
    Oprah “wished her well… ”
    And it indeed turned out well …for Oprah …

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