Kelly Ripa Takes the Day Off, as Michael Strahan Addresses His Departure from ‘Live’
Yesterday (Apr. 19, 2016), Michael Strahan announced he would be leaving Live with Kelly and Michael for Good Morning America, but he is still a co-host for the morning show for a few more months.
While Strahan showed up for work this morning, Kelly Ripa on the other hand, decided to sit this morning’s show out. Strahan awkwardly addressed Ripa’s absence, introducing Ana Gasteyer as his cohost for the day, but made no mention of why Ripa took the day off.
Strahan went on to publically address his leave, saying he would love to come back and guest host if Ripa would have him. Unfortunately for Strahan, it doesn’t seem as though Ripa would be open to having him as a guest host, as she was reportedly blindsided by his departure and is livid with him and the network.
There’s no word yet on who is set to replace Strahan, although rumor has it the network already has a replacement in mind, whether or not that replacement will fly with Ripa it yet to be seen.
Launch the video up top to see Strahan’s entire statement.