Kelly Ripa may be a bit pissed, and she is definitely showing it, as Michael Strahan blindsided the entire cast of the show with his announcement that he is leaving the show to join Good Morning America full time.
ABC made the announcement on Tuesday saying: “We would like to welcome Michael Strahan to the Good Morning America team!”
At first everyone thought it was a hoax, until cast and crew found out different from Michael himself.
Strahan says: “I do want to say to all of our viewers out there, everybody who’s watched this show over the last four years… You still continued to give us your eyeballs and watch this show. And for everybody that’s come through here in the live audience over the course of the last four years, thank you guys.” He goes on to say: “I couldn’t have asked for better fans at all, and you guys have been absolutely amazing,” Strahan said to cheers and boos. “And on top of that, I’ve worked with an incredible staff here. I’m always here. I’m always available to guest co-host if I get a call, because I consider myself to be a part of this family forever.”
Then at the end of the show Wed morning he said: “I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa, because Kelly welcomed me here, and I’ve learned so much from her. She’s been an amazing influence on me and it has truly changed my life to be here with her, I know that the show will continue to be strong and great because of Kelly and Michael Gelman and the staff here. Everybody is so talented and this show has not been around for over 30 years by mistake… Kelly, I thank you and I love you and everyone else here at ‘Live.'”
According to our spies in the industry Kelly is really, very pissed off that she was not told by Michael beforehand says a staffer at the show. “She gave him everything and even fought for him to get the position after he was filling in for Regis Philbin. She showed him all the ropes and did not allow others to criticize him. She genuinely feels betrayed.”