EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Ripa Still Hasn't Talked to Michael Strahan Ahead of 'Live!' Return, Source Says
By Meredith B. Kile
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Kelly Ripa is ready to make her return to Live! With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday, but a source close to production tells ET that the daytime co-host is far from happy about it.
A source close to the production tells ET that, as of Monday morning, Ripa still hasn’t spoken to co-host Michael Strahan after he “blindsided” her with his exit announcement last week. However, the two will put their drama aside and sit together through sweeps, which run through May, then he'll leave and the search for her new co-host begins, our source says. Ripa has also used the ordeal to renegotiate her Live! contract.
For his part, Strahan kept things professional on Monday’s show, which he co-hosted with Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell.
"Good morning everybody! Everybody is fired up!" he told the crowd. "Kelly had a scheduled day off to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary with her husband Mark [Consuelos]. She is going to be back tomorrow, which we are all excited about!"
"(Sorry for this late Friday night email). I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information," Ripa's note read. "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."
Ripa skipped out on last week’s Wednesday and Thursday tapings after being “blindsided” by Strahan’s announcement that he was leaving the show to go full-time at Good Morning America.
"She put her neck out for Michael to be a part of the show four years ago," another source told ET last week. "She is actually miserable with the show, has been for a while now...They have not [been] getting along that well recently, but this [takes] the cake."
See more about the ongoing drama in the video below.