Kelly Ripa to the Live audience booing at Michael’s exit: ‘I’m still here!’

Kelly and Michael host the show before Micheal's big announcement as seen on ABC's 'Live! with Kelly and Michael.'
I’ve been taping Live with Michael and Kelly and while I haven’t watched every episode since Kelly came back, from what I’ve seen they seem completely normal to me. Apart from Kelly bringing up the fact that Michael is divorced it’s not like they’re sitting there glaring at each other. They come out holding hands, they have a friendly rapport, and if it wasn’t for the constant news about it you wouldn’t know anything was wrong. On yesterday’s show they talked a little about the Met Gala. Michael went but Kelly didn’t and he showed off selfies of all the people he was hanging out with, like Trevor Noah and Alex Rodriguez. They also finally announced that Michael was leaving to head to GMA on May 13th, which producers actually confirmed to the press last week. After the crowd booed, and a woman yelled “we love you, Kelly,” Kelly chimed in “I’m still here!” Us and other outlets are trying to make a thing out of it:

Just a friendly reminder! Kelly Ripa made yet another pointed statement on Live with Kelly and Michael on Tuesday, May 3, while she and Michael Strahan discussed his upcoming departure from the show.

Ripa, 45, shared with viewers what they have in store for Strahan’s last day, May 13. “A week from this Friday is Michael’s final show here at Live,” the bubbly TV personality told the audience, who started booing in response to the news.

“Oh, thanks!” she replied with a laugh. “I’m still here!”

She then went on to tease the upcoming goodbye party. “We’ll remember, we’ll reminisce, we’re gonna look back at the fun times we had together,” Ripa said to her cohost of four years. “Wait ’til you see all the stuff that we’ve done. You’re not gonna believe it … So, join us for Michael’s ‘Flashback Friday Farewell’ on Friday the 13th!”

Ripa started laughing and quipped: “You can’t plan this! You literally cannot plan it.”

[From US Magazine]

You can see the video on Us’s site. I don’t have a problem with this. She was responding to someone yelling from the audience and it’s true, she’s still going to be there. She didn’t say anything rude, it was just a fact. She’s not my favorite person but she’s not being unprofessional on the show.

Strahan is similarly remaining classy about his exit. He gave really nice quotes to both Entertainment Tonight and Extra during the Met Gala, telling ET that people got the “wrong impression” of the behind the scenes drama at the show and that “it’s a great show, great people, and I’m very fortunate to be a part of it.” To Extra he said “I’m still part of the Live! family, and I’m always around when they need me.” Plus Kelly and Michael won a joint daytime Emmy over the weekend for “Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.” They showed off their statues on Monday and were joking that they weren’t even at the ceremony this year, as opposed to all the other years they’ve lost.

There’s news about Kelly’s upcoming guest hosts. Apparently Jimmy Kimmel is going to be the first guest. He’s way too busy with his own nightly talkshow to add in mornings, I don’t know when he would even sleep, but he’ll be fun as a guest. I do think this whole controversy was the best thing to happen to this show in years. I know it’s making me watch and appreciate it.

Kelly Ripa is back on "Live with Kelly and Michael."  on ABC

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Good Lord, such drama and weeping and gnashing of teeth over a cohost of one vapid morning show leaving to join another vapid morning show.

  2. Pinky says:

    Boo! Boo–urns!


  3. Sue says:

    I have been watching this show for a long time and have always enjoyed it, but…… since the departure announcement it is different. Kelly was very catty with her divorce remarks and when they came back Monday she was then overly attentive and somewhat patronizing. I think she is very jealous of his celebrity, but was able to keep it in check until slapped in the face with it. I am going to miss the old version of Kelly and Michael, this version not so much.

  4. PunkyMomma says:

    Ultimately, those time slots, GMA and Live, are Disney Infomercials. Not interested.

    • The Original G says:

      So, true. I’m going to add The View to the “not interested” category. When Regis first did this show, it was from a time where you got your information about new plays, movies, albums from shows like this. Now everyone hears directly from the artist on other media. This format is so overworked and the demographic all morning skews too old for Disney, I think.

  5. Nancy says:

    So tired of her. I’m a big Jimmy Kimmel fan and it’s hard to imagine him on a show like hers. ABC must have cut a big check. I do like GMA as opposed to Today, and think it would be a hoot if they extended it to three hours. But, seeing how Live just won an Emmy, probably isn’t going to happen. The guess who is going to be the cohost is a bore. Just give it to Anderson Cooper, he loves Little Bo Peep. Daily lovefest…ugh

    • TreadStyle says:

      Can not stand her either. She is the biggest narcissist I have EVER seen.

  6. Snowflake says:

    It must be really bad if they are letting him go now instead of four months from now like originally planned. Hope he didn’t get screwed, but probably not. They probably cut him a big check.

  7. Susie 1of 3 says:

    It’s all about Kelly all the time.

  8. Salsgal says:

    I’m not crazy how the situation was handled by either the ABC suits or MS. But Kelly must learn to not talk about herself so much. Someone needs to tell her to eliminate “I” and “me” from her vocabulary. It’s horrendous. Plus, she is definitely unnerved. Her voice has an edge now and is louder. She is clearly still upset and trying to take control.

    • Colette says:

      I’m not crazy about the way ABC/Disney ,their bosses,handled the announcement.I’m disappointed in how petty Kelly has been.I don’t know if I will continue to watch after Michael leaves.Her shady comments have left a bitter taste in my mouth.

  9. Susan says:

    I’ve never had a problem with her but this ‘drama’ has left a bad taste in my mouth.

  10. NeNe says:

    Yeah, unfortunately!!

  11. Chaz Gomez says:

    I believe it’s all fake… The network is just trying to promote the changes and garner interest… He get promoted to a new job and she gets the focus of attention while he moves… Just marketing BS and time to move along…

  12. Joanie says:

    I’m sorry bit she seems really insecure and try-hard.

  13. Marilyn says:

    He is one arrogant …..jerk… looks like her, people are Sooo wrong. He thinks the world revolves around him…pay attention an look closer. Lots of people will be moving out when he hits his new digs. Wait, you will get to see his trur self. Phoney baloney.. Be patient…

  14. Phyllis says:

    Why is kelly so angry if she never got along with Michael anyway. Just be happy for him and move on with whom ever is chosen to be your cohost, please not Anderson Cooper he’s boring just saying……