A source told ET that Ripa took an unplanned day off on Wednesday after feeling "blindsided" because she didn't learn of Strahan's deal to leave the show to work full-time on Good Morning America until after shooting Tuesday's episode of Live!. Ana Gasteyer, who has regularly appeared on the program, was called after 10 p.m. on Tuesday to fill in for Ripa on Wednesday morning, the source added.
If there's any consolation, Winfrey noted, it's that Ripa is fully capable of handling Live! on her own should she want to.
Meanwhile, Greenleaf is set to premiere in June. Winfrey, who executive produces and also has a recurring role in the series, opened up to ET about her experience appearing on the show.
"They were all having so much fun, and I tried to figure out a way to get in that I wouldn't have to commit my whole life to be in," she explained. "I wanted a role that was recurring that would allow me to be part of this whole experience."