This Is Why Kelly Ripa Will Not Be Returning to ‘Live!’ for at Least a Week
Kelly Ripa is not happy.
Following the sudden news that Michael Strahan is leaving Live with Kelly and Michael, the morning host was absent from Wednesday’s (Apr. 20, 2016) show, and she won’t be back until next Tuesday (Apr. 26, 2016) at the earliest. Why? Well, reports are suggesting that Ripa was completely blindsided by Strahan’s Good Morning America departure announcement.
“On tomorrow’s Live with Kelly and Michael, Erin Andrews will guest co-host with Michael Strahan. Friday’s show — which already was scheduled to pre-tape on Thursday — also will be co-hosted by Andrews,” a spokesperson for ABC said in a statement (via E! News). “Kelly Ripa will be out on Friday and Monday for a previously-scheduled vacation. On Monday’s show, Michael will be joined by Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell.”
So what does all this mean? Is Ripa protesting? Will she ever come back? We’ll just have to wait for her to break her silence. Conveniently enough, she had planned a anniversary getaway with her husband, Mark Consuelos, months ago, according to Us Weekly.