Kelly Ripa plans return to daytime talk show Tuesday


Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan haven’t spoken since he broke the news that he’s leaving Live with Kelly and Michael for Good Morning America in a meeting on Tuesday, April 19.

The news follows after multiple outlets reported that Ripa was left in a state of shock when she was informed that Strahan had chose to leave the show even before announcing his move to “Good Morning America“.

Kelly Ripa told her staff in an email sent Friday that she will be back to host “Live With Kelly and Michael” this Tuesday, multiple sources are reporting.

According to the New York Times, when told of the news, Ripa said to her producer, “Didn’t I tell you this was going to happen?”

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“We thought she might be a little heartbroken”, said another.

It seems certain that Ripa really is fuming about Strahan’s announcement – or, at least, how ABC handled it. “Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me”, she wrote. In the meantime, actress Ana Gasteyer and Erin Andrews have filled in for the missing-in-action personality.

Nowhere in sight was Kelly Ripa, Strahan’s co-host since he joined the show in 2012 after a lengthy search for a replacement for Ripa’s former onscreen partner, Regis Philbin. Her representatives did not respond to Variety’s requests for comment.

A daytime veteran spoke with The Hollywood Reporter this week about Ripa’s side of the story and how her learning about Strahan’s exit may not be so novel. Strahan said that the response for most fans of Live are as if he died.

When Ripa still didn’t appear on the show Thursday, the show’s reps said she and husband Mark Consuelos had already planned a vacation in Turks and Caicos, to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, so her absence was expected.

Both “GMA” and “Live” are part of the ABC family tree, but reside on different branches. The competing “Today” show on NBC airs for four hours.

Strahan’s team insists he didn’t intentionally withhold his job news to hurt his co-host.

Strahan confirmed earlier this week that he’ll move to “Good Morning America” in the fall.

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