Kelly Ripa admits that she and the Live staff decided to cut Michael’s stay short

Kelly Ripa’s full profile in People Magazine is much more chatty and confessional than I was expecting. I thought we would get a fluffy piece confirming the stories that we’ve heard so far about Michael Strahan’s exit and giving some future plans for the next co-host. Instead she really talked to them, they seem to have printed her thoughts in full, and she gave a lot of great quotes.

In Kelly’s interview, she tries to make the point that she wasn’t upset just for herself when she learned at the last minute that Michael was leaving, she was also concerned for all the other people on staff who learned at the same time as she did and also felt blindsided. That sounded like she was trying to bolster her position, which was perfectly valid in my opinion without adding in the staff. Plus she explained that she’s shown up for work for fifteen years consistently and wanted to take some time to process the news, particularly because she’s on live television and didn’t want to say the wrong thing. It was all well explained and totally understandable. I’m cutting a lot out of Kelly’s interview so please pick up People’s print/digital edition to read more. She did say nice things about Michael and she also sounded grateful for her job.

On her daughter Lola
[She is] deeply committed to being 14, and all the drama that goes with that. She truly seems to need a level of drama to function. She requires it for forward momentum.

On why she took the extra days off
I think what people need to understand about the entire situation is that I didn’t just not show up. I said, in the room [as they told her that Strahan was leaving], ‘I am going to take the day off.’ I needed to actually sit and gather information. I needed to make sure I said the appropriate things on TV and didn’t just come out and say whatever.

In all these years I’ve never missed a day of work except for my one ‘sick day’ – which made headlines. If I worked at a sandwich shop, no one would have known.

On how other staff members were shafted too
Our show is one based on chemistry and camaraderie and trust. All those things don’t just happen; it doesn’t fall out of the sky. It takes a lot of work, and it takes a group discussion. When you don’t feel like you’re part of the group responsible for making decisions about that, it makes not just me feel bad, it makes all of us feel bad.

People think this is a two person show. It’s not. There are a lot of people at the show who count on their jobs. There are people there who I have known for 15 years, and we are very close. We are like brothers and sisters, and it’s not just about me. In that moment there were people looking at me saying, ‘Tell us this is going to be okay. Are we going to be okay?’

Why she and the staff decided to make Michael’s last day May 13 instead of September
Well, like I said, nobody consulted us initially. What we’ve explained to them is, well, if you had asked us, we would have told you, ‘Guys, we need to start looking, because we have summer hiatus, we have vacation time. We need to find people. If we’re going to have this list narrowed down at least to a manageable size by the fall, we need to start now.

[From People Magazine, print edition]

I know it’s not relevant but I wanted to include what Kelly said about her daughter because I think it’s unfair of her to talk negatively about Lola to the press. On the show she mocked Lola for being upset that no one gave her a heads up that Nick Jonas was dropping by the house to use the bathroom before the Met gala. The girl was embarrassed that she didn’t have time to freshen up before meeting one of her idols, it’s understandable. It’s hard being a mom but it’s also hard being a teenager, and she shouldn’t talk smack about her daughter.

Anyway again Kelly makes sense here. I don’t think she did anything wrong and she made it clear that the way producers dealt with her was not acceptable. It sounds like she has has no experience getting fired from a job or dealing with layoffs at all, but she didn’t handle it poorly. I do think it was mostly Kelly’s decision to oust Michael sooner rather than later, but her reasoning, that they need more time for the search, is sound. The way she was told at the last minute was wrong and obviously she wasn’t the only one affected. I’m not saying I particularly care at this point, just that I get it.

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  1. Bebe says:

    Is she going to go away now? Like back to only being on her show and no where else? If so then that’s fantastic news! She’s becoming annoying and completely insufferable.

    • NeNe says:

      You’re 100% right. Enough is enough. It’s time for her to grow the f*ck up!

    • Denisemich says:

      Nope. She wants a bigger career now. I read somewhere that she is thinking of taking the show to LA.

      • K says:

        Mark had a pilot picked up and it shoots in LA so she said if it went and was successful she might have to move, she only said it because Michael asked if she’d move.

    • lisa says:

      the more she talks the more i think she handled it poorly

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Me too. Still all sounds like sour grapes wrapped up in a professional excuse. Why can’t a search begin with Strahan still there for what was suppose his last couple months? That makes no sense. Most searches for staff begin before the last employee leaves if possible. She’s trying to make it sound like he cannot be on the property if the position is open. Whatever.

      • holly hobby says:

        Well she’s obviously been coached in her responses by a publicist. It all sounds logical and everything but still the tint of sour grapes stuck. She said she’s defending the staff but weren’t there reports that the staff did not take kindly to her tantrum because it would jeopardize their jobs?

        Eh, either way, I’m over this.

      • tealily says:

        @JenniferJustice, I was going to say the exact same thing. I understand they want to do on-air auditions or whatever, but why can’t you line the people up now and start the on-air part once he leaves? I guess it’s an explanation, but I’m not buying it.

      • PurpleKitty says:

        I agree. I used to like her but in the last year or so, I just can’t tolerate her anymore. Her behavior has been that of a spoiled child. Who does she think she is? Employers don’t have to tell you anything! Does she think that’s how things work in the real world? You work with who you’re told to work with and if that person decides to take a promotion, it’s not your business. The only thing she needed to say was, “congratulations”.
        Her reaction was so over the top I was starting to wonder if she has feelings for him or if they’ve been involved with each other.
        Lastly, if she’s so happy for him and she’s really just upset with how the higher-ups handled things, why did she insist that he has to stop working now and can’t work with him until Sept. like planned? She’s a rotten, hateful little shrew.

    • Cran says:

      So Kelly and HER staff decided Michael’s last day? I empathize up to a point but she has gone out of her way to be a b***h since she was blindsided. Unnecessary and unprofessional. Her daughter is fourteen so her drama is age appropriate. Jelly should at least have the balls to say I am pissed and we needed to end this as soon as possible. HER staff my arse.

      • Snowflake says:


      • puffinlunde says:

        She is not giving Michael any of the “respect” that she demands for herself. She comes over as a mean girl forcing her co-star out of his job 3 months early

    • WhatAmIDoingHere? says:

      Shes terrible and the way she handled this just made her look worse. Trying to spin it like shes calling the shots Lol.

      • puffinlunde says:

        Makes her look a bit like a bully as well when she claims that she forced her co-host out of his job. It just screams diva and maybe explains why thet tiptoed around telling her

    • joan says:

      I don’t get where the hostility to her comes from.

      Jealousy? Because I guarantee these commenters don’t make the big bucks, if they work.

      I have to laugh when people compare her job to theirs as if they’re equivalent. They don’t do that to a man so I think it’s a brainwashed female self-hatred.

      • Snowflake says:

        We’re not haters sweetie. If the roles were reversed and Michael threw a hissy fit and missed a day of work to sulk, then got kelly kicked off the show immediately, I think we would call it like we see it then too.

    • sheila says:

      such a self absorbed snotty little brat, they need to replace her. show has gotten stale anyway. She and the staff decided, what a crock, SHE decided and that was that,, go away little brat

      • PurpleKitty says:

        I wish they’d replace her too. Every conversation and interview gets turned back to her. I would sometimes like to hear what the celebrity guests have to say and they never get to finish a story because Kelly has to interrupt and make it about herself.

  2. Coco says:

    Yeah, that comment about her daughter seemed unnecessary. I read it thinking, wow, if my Mom said that about me at all, let alone in a national publication, I’d be really hurt. Seems to be encouraging more mother/daughter drama at home.

    • SloaneY says:

      Eh. If the worst she says is that her daughter likes drama and freaked out when a Jonas brother came to her house then that’s pretty good. My mother used to say much worse things, in large rooms of people, about me, (no, not a national tv show, but if my mother had that outlet she probably would have) and while slightly embarrassing, you do get over it. It’s called being a teenager. You’re embarrassed by everything your parents do or say.

    • Katie says:

      Yeah very hurtful comments about Lola. My mom did that to me when I was a teenager. She still assumes that at 35 I am in constant need of drama!
      Kelly kind of sounds like she’s projecting Her own need for drama on to Lola but that’s just my opinion.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      When I was 14, I had my first real boyfriend, and a year later he broke up with me. I cried so hard I threw up and my mother sat up with me until 3:00 in the morning, listening to me sob and say my life was over at 15. Now you know her inner eyes were rolling so far back in her head that she was afraid they would get stuck there forever, but not once did she imply that my pain wasn’t real or important to me. She never said I was being silly or dramatic, though I was being both. She never told another soul about that night. That’s why she’s the best mother in the world.

      • Nancy says:

        GNAT: Isn’t it funny how we remember every detail of our first love. Your mom sounds so sensitive and kind. My mother would have told me to wash my face and walk it off! Love her madly though!

      • Coco says:

        What a sweet Mom! At my first breakup, my mom went out at 10pm to buy a pint of ice cream and we stayed up watching a movie while I cried on her shoulder. I get that all mother/daughter relations aren’t healthy or positive but Moms are supposed to be a kid’s safe space. A funny story about a Jonas brother stopping by and your teenage daughter mortified? Sure, part of the LIVE job is to retell family stories to relate to SAHM. But talking about how much drama your daughter needs in her life to survive? That only seems mean and rubs me the wrong way.

      • Giddy says:

        GNAT, you just described my Mom also. She supported me completely, kept my confidences, and treated them as seriously as I felt they were. She would have charged into hell with only a bucket of water to defend those she loved. She gently teased when it was just family, but would have never embarrassed me in public. I miss her so much it hurts.

      • Lucinda says:

        The perfect example of love–putting herself in your shoes and remembering that to you those feelings were very real. No judging, just love. Wish I had your mom!

    • TreadStyle says:

      Yes that funny she feels the need to point out her 14 year olds need for drama when Kelly herself loves drama just as much and is a grown a$$ woman. I feel like she would be the mom trying to be “the cool mom” & always trying to be center of attention around your friends. I feel fora Lola over the next few years of being a teenager w a mom like that.

    • Robin says:

      I wonder how all of those kids whose parents are posting embarrassing stories and photos about them on their social media will feel in a few years when they discover just how much their parents posted about them.

  3. Alix says:

    Not doing her relationship with Lola any favors by talking that way about her in the press. Kids have a way of writing “Mommie Dearest” books when they grow up, Kelly!

  4. Nancy says:

    Time to move on. Miss Kelly milked this cow to the very last drop. Happy Birthday to me….gifts are welcomed! Lol

    • ladybosca says:

      Happy birthday Nancy! Any specific gifts? Lol. I hope you have a fantastic birthday!
      And I agree 1000% with you.

      • Nancy says:

        Tks ladybosca….if I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t have announced my bd like a nitwit but I was still half asleep…..A tall glass of alcohol sounds about right. Teehee… husband is out of town. Now one would think they would have rescheduled their business, but nooooo. Lol. It’s all good, we have these bd’s every 365 days, right!

    • NeNe says:

      Happy B’day, Nancy!!

    • Dlo says:

      Happy Birthday! 📣🎊🎊🎉🎂🎁🎀

    • Pinky says:

      Here ya go! And what’s inside the box is everything your heart desires. Happy Birthday!


  5. NewWester says:

    Okay Kelly we understand you were upset, blind sighted etc . Send flowers to Michael wishing him well in his new job. Then come back in September with a new co host . With that out of the way, can we discuss how handsome Nyle DiMarco from Dancing with the Stars is?

  6. mytake says:

    I don’t buy it. Why would the staff care? It’s not like they’re loosing their jobs; instead, a different person would be sitting next to Kelly. So what. Every work place has people come and go. Why does everyone need to be in on that decision? Yeah, to me, that argument seems like a PR band-aid.

    • SloaneY says:

      But they didn’t know that to start off. They could have seen it as a death knell. It’s worrying when the entire staff, producers included, are left out of a decision.

      • Naya says:

        This. It sounds like the news was kept between the upstairs bosses. Keeping hands on producers out of the loop seems extremely short sighted. Either that or the upstairs bosses were seriously considering axing the show and if thats the case, I totally understand why all the staff would resent the fact they could have been jobless as Michael neatly transitioned into a promotion.

        As for Michael, I wonder how he will be viewed behind the scenes at the new gig. I can see his new co-workers not trusting him or considering him to have a too cushy relationship with the upstairs bosses. You know office politics.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        That’s just ridiculous, I’m sorry. On what planet does your boss discuss another employee’s job offers with the entire office? So now, not only did Kelly need to be in on it, the whole office was supposed to chime in their opinions, too? Have you ever had a job where that happened?

      • Emma - The JP Lover says:

        @SloaneY, who wrote: “But they didn’t know that to start off. They could have seen it as a death knell. It’s worrying when the entire staff, producers included, are left out of a decision.”

        Is that how it works at your job? Does your boss and her / his boss and the company CEO pull the staff in on a meeting whenever they decide to make a staffing change? None of the Production staff will lose their jobs and beyond making sure Tech works and whoever sits next to Kelly hits their cue … why would the Production staff be traumatized by not being told by Network Executives that Michael was leaving? It sounds to me like Kelly is still trying to justify her initial reaction to the news that Michael was leaving.

        My opinion is that Kelly’s temper-tantrum was sparked by simple jealousy. I think she was insulted that they offered the promotion to Michael instead of her. The more she attempts to ‘justify’ her reaction, the more I believe it’s just sour grapes.

      • The Original G says:

        What GNAT said. BTW, read the tea leaves….they were and are planning to axe this show, eventually.

      • SloaneY says:

        You all keep neglecting the fact that this is not your typical office job. This is not Susie and Johnny at the accounting firm. This is an entirely different situation. Producers are bosses. Big bosses. If your producer is learning information at the same time as the peons, then something bigger is usually afoot. I have friends that are producers on quite a large scale. They would be livid if they found out major information like this right alongside the 3rd cameraman.
        I still think there might be plans to expand GMA a la Today. And if that’s the case, local stations would have to choose between Live and GMA. That would spell disaster for Live.

      • Kitten says:

        I agree with SloaneY and Naya.

      • SloaneY says:

        PS–I didn’t mean lower level staff should be in on the decision, but producers? Yes. And they should not be told all at the same time and then immediately after expect people not to have any kind of reaction and just continue on smiling away on live tv.
        Also, what she was saying about whoever made this decision not thinking about their specific schedule and the staff with hiatus and whatnot makes a lot of sense. This further tells me the higher ups don’t give a $hit and there’s probably plans to either ax the show or put it on a severe back burner.

      • Original T.C. says:

        “I can see his new co-workers not trusting him or considering him to have a too cushy relationship with the upstairs bosses. You know office politics.”

        Doubt it since his new co-workers have to also kept deals about promotions quiet until it is announced by their bosses. That’s how it ALWAYS works in the world of media and show business. I don’t understand why you think what happened with Michael is exceptional or a sign of a “cushy” relationship. He is a worker bee just like anyone. Kelly herself had to keep quiet when she got the gig and not tell anyone until her bosses did.

        It’s the real world of high power and big money jobs. I mean this happens even with us mere mortals in regular jobs. A new CEO took over at my work place in January of this year and we all got the news out of the blue with no warning and yes many were concerned about their jobs.

        It feels like people who think this is strange have never worked for a big corporation. Or want to reduce this to “BFF relationships gone wrong” or sexism when it’s really big business as usual. You think Kelly told the staff about her raise before it was announced or will tell the staff who the new co-star will be before it is officially announced?

        Also the producer of the show out-ranks Kelly and it was also a surprise to her but she hasn’t gone on a victim parade even though she also is probably pissed. Why not? Because she is a professional and knows that in the big picture it’s better to keep the bitching privately.

      • The Original G says:

        Sorry SloaneY. I work in a corporate environment and everything feels good and safe and and inclusive, until it’s not. Senior strategists and decision makers re-invent corporate structures all the time. That’s their job. And, the rest of us figure out how to contribute or ride it out or leave. And those are Kelly’s options as well. This mag cover is a career killer.

      • SloaneY says:

        And guess what? She’s trying to figure it all out and play the game. Just like you and all your corporate peeps. Same thing. She just has to do hers in front of a live national audience. If you call in sick to mull things over there’s not going to be public outrage.

      • LA says:

        Entertainment is more like the corporate world than you would think. In fact it’s even worse, especially at the Disney Machine (I’ve worked there). I’m not surprised at all that producers were not consulted. And if they don’t like it, they are just as replaceable as everyone else.

      • perplexed says:

        I didn’t get why Gelman was left out of the loop. Has an explanation been offered for that?

      • jsilly4e says:

        I also agree with Sloaney and Naya. The show is Kelly and Michael. If it was a law firm Kelly and Michael would be partners, you don’t think they’d have input on decisions made? Apparently, she was also blindsided by Regis leaving. Would they have not told Regis if it had been Kelly leaving? I don’t see that happening. For whatever reason after 15 years with her name on the show she should have been given a heads up way before the start of the show.

      • holly hobby says:

        Jsilly you are comparing this to a law firm where Kelly and MIchael are partners. Guess what? Partners = upper management. These 2 are not part of upper management that means they are on an as need to know basis. People think that just because they act all friendly on set means they are bet buds and share all their innermost thoughts. That is simply not true and the example you used are partners=upper management=owners of a business.

        The last I checked the owner of that show is Disney. Unless Kelly is a manager, she doesn’t get a seat at the decision table.

      • The Original G says:

        Kelly and Michael are just hired talent. Kelly missed an opportunity here, to leverage this situation some producer cred here. In fact, I can’t think of a show as long-running as this one where the major stars do not share any production credits?

        @SloaneY. Trust me. When things go down, everyone is being watched from above. Re-orgs are very fluid and usually, there’s room for some folks to not make through the re-shuffle. No one would call in sick to mull it over. Lak is right. EVERYBODY is replaceable.

      • Lucinda says:

        Kelly is not a producer on the show. She is the co-host which makes her staff, not management. It doesn’t matter that her name is in the title. However, she reacted to this as if she WERE management. Frankly, I was surprised to see that, after 15 years on the show, she’s not a producer. That is very telling to me. Is it because she doesn’t want the responsibility or is it because she doesn’t get the respect? She’s making it a respect issue but the way she handled it makes it hard for me to respect her. This interview doesn’t change my mine. As for Gelman, who knows. I don’t know that he has said anything publicly about this so he may have known all along but is letting her believe otherwise.

    • 3456 says:

      The point was the way the big bosses managed this, made everybody think the show was going to be cancelled. So the staff was right to feel blindsided too.

    • lucy2 says:

      There were a bunch of rumors that the show was being canceled when the news about Strahan came out. I can understand the staff and crew being a little concerned.

    • K says:

      When this started they didn’t know they weren’t losing their jobs and it is clear there was no strong plan in place to fill Michael’s role.

      I think the entire point of this is, if they had told the live show that this was a need to move Michael to GMA for ratings in the fall and how would you want to deal with this with for the best outcome for Live then there wouldn’t be an issue.

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The show is based on chemistry and camaraderie. Ok, if that’s what you want to call it. And trust. That does NOT mean that he wasn’t entitled to make his OWN decisions about his OWN career without consulting this spoiled little brat about it first. I do not understand the support she’s getting for treating him like he owes her something, as if he needed her permission to accept a better offer, as if she would have consulted him had the situation been reversed. But whatever, I’m sick of hearing and talking about it.

    • Say Whaa? says:

      Thanks GNAT…you took the words right out of my mouth. Now, on to anything but this^^^.

    • Pinky says:

      Agreed. Plus, this: “She truly seems to need a level of drama to function. She requires it for forward momentum.” Speak for yourself, Kelly.


    • Emma - The JP Lover says:

      @Good Names All Taken …

      Agreed, and the most she attempts to justify her reaction, the worse it sounds to me … like she’s on a mini, self-serving ‘Pity’ tour.

    • Dena says:

      Exactly GNAT re: this comment & the one above. Who in the world decides to make an individual career move by committee of one’s current work peers? Was it in the contract? Michael is not beholden to Kelly. He doesn’t need her approval to walk away from the show? Is that how she made her decision to leave whichever soap she was on?

    • NeNe says:


    • JudyK says:

      Applauding each and every word you wrote, GNAT.

      • Nancy says:

        GNAT is always the voice of reason……and tells the best stories that make you go back and think.

    • Amy says:

      My take is that she wasn’t asking to be in on Michael’s decision to leave, his salary negotiations, etc… as others have commented in regard to this story. She was asking for the respect from the higher up’s – not Michael – to share news about a major change to the show her name is on. A day or two, even an hour, before everyone else was told so she could collect her thoughts and assuage the staff’s totally justifiable fear – based on the manner in which this was rolled out – about their jobs. I’m a number two in my office and I would absolutely expect to hear about my direct supervisor leaving before the rest of the team, who would all be looking to my reaction in that moment. And my name isn’t even on the door.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I can get behind that reasoning, except her anger was directed at him, not her bosses. It probably would have been better if they had told her before it was made public, but HE was specifically told not to tell her. He didn’t have a choice, but she was all “betrayed” by him doing what he was supposed to do. I think there may be a reason why they didn’t want her to know in advance, but the way she turned on him and tried to make him the bad guy just rubbed me the wrong way.

      • truthSF says:

        Exactly GNAT. If her anger is directed at the higher ups and not Michael, Why the F@ck is she channeling all of her animosity towards Michael only? Sorry Amy, but that excuse doesn’t fly for #PettyKelly.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      The more Kelly defends her behavior, the less credible she becomes.

      On a snarkier note, I happened to catch part of the show yesterday and every time Kelly started to talk over Michael (which she has done to all her cohosts except Regis) he kept talking. The battle for the last work between these two just reinforces the rumor of an ugly break up.

    • k says:

      that isn’t what she was asking to be a part of though, what she is saying is they needed to be involved in what it meant for the show, the planning of the execution of his exit. If he wanted to go fine I don’t think she cares but for there to be sneaking around and no planning for the next steps for Live damaged the trust and caused issues.

      I really think all she and the show wanted was to be given warning and a plan. I don’t think she cares he goes or wanted to be involved in his choice but if this was happening they should have known it was coming and the show should have been consulted with the best way to move forward.

    • Lady D says:

      Exactly what I think too, GNAT.
      I’m assuming this woman has household staff, yes? I wonder if she includes them in all the decision making in her home? According to her staff is to be included.

    • Dlo says:

      Yes Gnat, she is spoiled and wanted that GMA position when the part time one was offered to Michael. Now she is pea green with envy

      • susan says:

        Kelly was offered the position BEFORE Michael and turned it down to focus on LIVE full time so how is she jealous when she was the first choice?

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:


  8. Louise177 says:

    I agree that Kelly and the staff should have been told before the press release but now she’s being childish. She doesn’t need to know about Michael’s career prospects until things are done. There’s no reason for her to be consulted on his career choices. Kelly needs to move on because this victim tour is annoying and unnecessary.

  9. Magnoliarose says:

    Way to beat the heck out of a minor drama on an irritating morning show. She acts like this is some global dilemma and we’ve just been dying for some more details. I know attention feels validating but shut up now. I’m sure her daughter just loves being a part of this attention greedy grab. What will school feel like after her mother has just told America that she’s a drama queen? Remember what 14 felt like?

  10. Aiobhan says:

    “[She is] deeply committed to being 14, and all the drama that goes with that. She truly seems to need a level of drama to function. She requires it for forward momentum. ”

    I guess the apple didn’t roll to far from the tree. This comment is going to bite her in the ass later on in her life. You just don’t talk about your kids that way in public. It is fine to slightly drag your kids in private because you are not always going to like everything your kid does (it is a normal thing to feel). But putting this in print for Lola and for everyone to see is a little too far for my taste.

    This entire story is ridiculous. I would understand her anger more if she found out that the show was cancelled by memo or that she was fired by memo, but she wasn’t. She is not getting fired and Live is not getting cancelled (yet). She needs to shut up, take her raise and go back to her fluff interviews and cooking segments.

    • DiamondGirl says:

      I remember Kelly on All My Children when she was probably close to Lola’s age now, so maybe mama is feeling a little competitive as her daughter grows up. It’s easy to imagine Kelly being quite the drama girl at that age too, since she still is.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      I have a feeling the only drama worthy of attention in that home is Kelly’s. The teen daughter’s more understandable drama is discounted – “Honey, Shhhhh…..Mommy needs attention right now.”

  11. Tate says:

    I am not sure if I am more tired of Kelly Ripa stories or Jen and Ben stories.

  12. Rhiley says:

    Let’s hope Kelly Rippa and Ryan Phillippe don’t do a joint interview on raising teen daughters.

  13. The Original G says:

    I predict this show will disappear in it’s current form as Disney reshapes it’s morning line-up.

    • Sue L says:

      Apparently the show has been renewed through 2020. Aren’t we lucky!!!

      • The Original G says:

        Yes, the renewed in January and then they decided to move Michael. More changes afoot. And Kelly’s contract comes up next year…

      • holly hobby says:

        Renewals aren’t always guaranteed though.

  14. BendyWindy says:

    Can we please stop this “last minute” nonsense? They were told in April that he was leaving in September and they were told in a staff meeting, not by getting a text from TMZ. Trying repeatedly to explain how she was wronged isn’t making her look more sympathetic. It makes her look petty AF.

    • me says:

      I agree. I think all this “drama” has made people annoyed with Kelly more than anything. She is acting like she had the biggest injustice in the world done to her. She lives an amazing life and really has nothing to complain about. My God.

    • tealily says:

      Yeah, the only problem I see with how this was handled is that maybe they should have waited slightly longer between telling her and the rest of the staff. And… that doesn’t really seem like a big deal to me.

  15. NeNe says:

    Okay, enough is enough with this chick. She’s acting like a little TW*T!!!!

  16. Kitten says:

    Good write-up, Celebitchy. Agree with you on all counts.

  17. Colette says:

    Petty Kelly
    Everything she said is BS
    They could do the same search for a new host in September.It would be more beneficial to the show for Michael to be there during May and July Sweeps rather than guest co hosts.I won’t be watching after Michael leaves.

  18. JenniferJustice says:

    Couldn’t help but read the caption for Holly Madison on that cover. She was living in fear at the Playboy Bunny Mansion? It’s official folks – Hugh’s women are captive slaves living in dire terror. And here I thought they were all just looking for easy money the old fashioned way. Silly me.

    • Tourmaline says:

      That’s weird why is Holly Madison going on about that again? She just had her book come out last year where she spilled all her PB Mansion tea…
      Guess I’ll have to pick up People tm to find out!

  19. perplexed says:

    I don’t see anywhere in this article where she claims Michael Strahan had to tell her about his career prospects. All I see her is explaining why she took the sick day and why she and the rest of the staff felt left out of the loop by big management. I have no idea whether she handled things properly as I don’t work in her field, but I’m confused with the assumption that she expected Strahan to consult her about his job prospects. Sounds like she’s more angry at the higher-ups for not letting her know how the show would evolve (i.e cancellation?) in order to ensure its survival, and that she wanted the time during the summer to find a new cohost — I think the implication is that trying to find a new host in September would have put the show at a disadvantage ratings-wise over the long-term. Therefore, it was necessary to ask Strahan to leave in May.

    If everyone in upper management is out for themselves, I guess I don’t see anything wrong in her trying to protect her job — she is in the unusual position of being able to leverage with the public, so if you have that resource at your disposal, I don’t see why you wouldn’t use that to protect your job since clearly no one else will. Would I have done things the same way as her? Not necessarily. But I don’t think her actual motivation to protect her own interests and her job, even if she has enough savings to last several lifetimes, is wrong (so long as no one else gets hurt in the process, and it really doesn’t seem like anyone else was. Strahan still has his job at GMA, ABC got the chance to spread their own gossip either on the offensive or the defensive, and the show is still going on). Actually protecting your need to work doesn’t seem like the wrong motivation to have, even if opinions on the appropriate strategy and approach to take might differ.

    • Colette says:

      Trying to find a co host NOW is putting the show at a disadvantage because of the May and July rating sweeps.Don’t you think Disney/ABC would have had him scheduled to leave at a different time IF him leaving in September would have been a disadvantage ratings wise?
      Yes she expected Michael to tell him about his new job earlier.That’s why she was upset with HIM and didn’t return his calls when she took her unscheduled personal days the day after she received the news.

      • perplexed says:

        But I’m going based on what she actually says here verbally. Maybe in her mind she feels Michael should have consulted her, but I’m not actually seeing her verbalize that out loud in words here, which seems to be what’s being implied in some of the comments. That’s what I’m trying to say. In her mind, she might have her own views about what Michael should or should not have done, but as far as I can tell in this excerpt she’s not actually saying them out loud. Regardless of whatever her internal motivations might be, I think she was smart in how she worded her explanation in this interview. I find it difficult to find anything wrong with what she actually said, even if she might be a diva in her head. Like I said, I’m strictly going based on her words here, not what I think or am guessing as to what might be going on in her mind. Whatever personal offence she might have taken by Strahan not telling her directly about her job prospects doesn’t appear to verbalized for us to see and hear in this excerpt is what I’m aiming to say.

      • Colette says:

        The woman wore a jacket today with FREEDOM on the back.What is she free from? She is working for the same people who didn’t bother to tell her about Michael’s job.So the only thing she is free from is working with Michael after tomorrow.

    • tealily says:

      But did she want to be told how the show would evolve in order to ensure it’s survival, or did she want to be included on the conversation about how it would evolve, because you can’t have it both ways. If that’s the conversation she wants to be part of, then have at it. You DID have until September to work it out, but I guess not anymore…

    • Steph says:

      To the general public, her continuing to explain is coming off as complaining. She seems out of touch. Most are lucky to make $100,000 per year and she works an hour or two a day and brings in close to $20 million. I’m just explains why the general public is fed up with hearing it. In my opinion, she’s her own worst enemy. I believe she’s deeply committed to the show and she’s very good at her job. Her entitlement will be her demise.

  20. lucy2 says:

    I’m fine with her comments up until them deciding that Michael should leave 4 months early – I don’t agree with that at all, if he wanted to stay until September, that should be his choice, not hers.

    • tealily says:

      I feel like that decision was made strictly to appease her, and not because it makes any sense at all.

  21. Frosty says:

    She tries to make good points about the timing and the need to get going finding a replacement, but imo it’s mostly a face saving move for her. These hosts make tons of money but in reality their power at the network is limited, as Kelly discovered. I’m on the Mark Consuelos for co-host bus though.

    • holly hobby says:

      Hello, you can look for a replacement while the co-worker is still on board! Wow what a concept! At my work place, we’ve actually hired a replacement before the co-worker leaves so the person leaving can train the other person. That is not a new concept and you don’t need Strahan to vacate before you can start looking. Total bs.

      Stop talking Kelly. The more she talks the worse it reflects on her.

  22. nikki says:

    I remember a time when she was trying to get Regis out…looks like Karma

  23. Tourmaline says:

    A bit random but the other week I caught a bit of Howard Stern’s show on Sirius and he was sort of trashing Kelly for not showing up to the show….he couched it as saying “she must have got bad advice”, but basically said it was unprofessional and you always show up in a media job even if you hate your bosses. Then this morning Maury Povich was on and said he heard Andy Cohen told Kelly not to show up and Howard was laughing at how dumb it was for Kelly taking advice from Andy..

    The sort of interesting part is Howard said he performed the wedding ceremony between Kelly and Mark and alluded to some falling out with Kelly where he wanted to call her when all this went down but thought it would be unwelcome.

    • Kitten says:

      Whaaaaat?? Oh man now I am DYING to know what happened between Howard and Kelly.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Ooh my mistake- Mark Consuelos performed the marriage ceremony of Howard and Beth….. Howard didn’t do Mark & Kelly’s ceremony. But anyways yeah, it sparked my curiosity because Howard was hinting that he used to be good friends with Kelly but something happened.

  24. april says:

    So she has the summer off and additionally vacation time and she’s trying to sound like a saint for having taken only one sick day in the past? If I had that much time off, I wouldn’t take sick days either. People working in sandwich shops don’t have summers off and vacation time and make $20 million a year. Her analogy is ridiculous.

    • Tough Cookie says:

      Thank you!! Weren’t some of her kids born during her time on the show? I guess she could have had them during her time off. Or maybe in her dressing room during a break?

  25. YvetteW says:

    You can’t fire him after he quit. Duh.

  26. cindyp says:

    So her daughter needs “a level of drama” to function. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Can’t stand her. Don’t believe for a second that she was worried about the crew. She put them more at risk with her unprofessional behavior.

  27. TwoCents says:

    The more she talks the more unprofessional she looks. This week is Michael’s last week and Kelly, of course, managed to make it all about her. She has no shame and should be fired for making her bosses and the show look this bad. I can now understand why Michael couldn’t wait to leave Live.

  28. Steph says:

    Kelly’s continual talking is her own demise. I can understand taking a few days to process. However, I see a deeply controlling individual. From her over inflated place on the show to her weight, etc. I don’t think ABC will take too kindly to her attitude. Let’s put it this way…prior to Strahan being offered GMA ratings he had been polled (tested with audiences) and he didnt do so well. Iger paid no mind and wanted him anyway. No matter how terrific Kelly is…she’s replaceable. She could have the best ratings in the shows’ history and if Iger doesn’t like her handling of this situation, after next year, she’s a goner. My second point is the general public and/or audience did NOT need to know any of these details for the simple fact that Kelly has now tarnished her reputation with the audience. Fact. Does she not understand that most Americans are lucky to make $100,000 a year? For someone making close to $20 million per year for 1 hour of work per day, she’s completely out of touch. Most believe she is entitled and literally crazy to make such a fuss when she’s so extremely fortunate. From what I understand, she still won’t talk to Strahan before the show – off camera. I’m not a Strahan fan but Kelly (not her daughter) may be the one who can’t function without the high school dramatics.

    • ataylor says:

      Not that I’m #teamkelly or anything, but she doesn’t get $20 million to show up to work for an hour per day. There’s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes. Those morning show people are there hours before the show as well as for some time after the show films. And that $20 million is a small piece of the pie the network makes off of Kelly anyway. As far as Im concerned, she deserves it.

      It’s not that simple.

  29. Nik says:

    She keeps talking because she’s trying to leverage more power for herself. She only has the name and I suspect she knows she can’t carry the show alone. She’s pretty manipulative and passive aggressive in her antics. The whole solidarity holding hands making out with Michael was 100% not authentic and it showed in his face. She’s a better actress than I’ve ever given her credit for