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ABC Confirms Michael Strahan To Exit "Live" On May 13th! Who Should Be Ripa's Next Co-Host?

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After all was said and done, now Michael Strahan is exiting much earlier than originally announced from his co-host seat on Live with Kelly and Michael.  Seems after all the parties discussed the events that transpired, ABC, Good Morning American and “Live” felt it best for Michael to exit on May 13th!

This decision would allow Straham to integrate into Good Morning America more often this summer while also giving LIVE! more time to find a new co-host.

After Tuesday’s return to work, Ripa made her sentiments known to the studio audience and the audience at home.  E Online reports that a source revealed, “ABC could have tried to pre-tape her comments. They could have tried to block or censor her comments. They could have asked her to go out there and pretend like nothing happened. But ABC didn’t. I think the network deserves credit for that.”

So who should be Kelly Ripa’s new co-host now that Strahan is on his way out in a few weeks?  Share your thoughts below!

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Ricardo
Ricardo

Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Seacrest or Clay Aiken would all be good.

aria
aria

she hates clay aiken, they had an on air fall out.

Carmen
Carmen

what about Craig Ferguson, Patricia Heaton, and Anderson Cooper.

Mariah
Mariah

John stamos, he is hot and he would make a terrific talk show host.

Andrew
Andrew

Caitlynn Jenner would be great, hire her ABC

David
David

Andy Cohen or Anderson Cooper.

Patricio
Patricio

Ditto David . Josh Groban is also great with Kelly.

Victor
Victor

Have another female host, Rosie O Donnel.

Rick
Rick

Rosie and Kelly had a falling out back in 2006 when Clay AIken covered her mouth.She said thats a no no putting his hand over her mouth because she has no idea where its been. Rosie took it as Kelly being a homophobe. Beside Rosie would quit in a blink of an eye like she done on the VIEW 2x.

Patricio
Patricio

Great memory! I forgot that!

Mo
Mo

You really want the show to fail, don’t you?

Coco
Coco

I think Alfonso Riberio would be an excellent choice.

Patricio
Patricio

OMG great pick. He is such a likable guy.

Eddie
Eddie

She has great chemistry with her husband, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Groban, and Anderson Cooper.

Matt
Matt

I think Donald Trump as new co host. The ratings would go thru the roof!!! If ABC made the offer, maybe he would drop out of the race.

blake
blake

why would he He’s going to be President.

sonya
sonya

Double puke!

Nikki
Nikki

Anderson Cooper or Rosie O’Donald but although I like her husband Mark I would hate to see him as her co-host. I don’t like the two of them together on the show.

Nikki
Nikki

Another one would be great would be Kathy Lee Gifford.

Paul
Paul

How about Strahan’s former coach with the football Giants, Tom Coughlin? I hear that he’s available, looking for work, and doesn’t know what to do with himself 🙂

They’d be forced to start the show 5 minutes early every morning, at 8:55 am, cutting into the end of GMA 🙂

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Boy, everyone did mention some great suggestions—if they went with any one of these names, the show would still be fun.

Lori Simmons
Lori Simmons

Neil Patrick Harris

Stephanie
Stephanie

Another former Soap Star from New York. There are plenty to pick from since the soaps are all gone. #ATWTforeverFan

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

This is all just a publicity stunt and it is becoming sickening.

My theory that this is a PUBLICITY STUNT is building. That entertainment show with that guy that used to be on The Tonight Show as Ross the Intern showed a photo of Kelly Ripa coming out of her home with Anderson Cooper’s book in her hands and they made a point to mention that you could clearly see his face on the book. They also say that he is in the lead to be her new cohost.

So why the close-up picture of the book? Why the photo of her coming from her home? Why carry THAT book? And now Strahan is leaving sooner? Please! I bet it was their intent to have him leave at this time all along. Nothing gets eyeballs than DRAMA and all of you are buying into this “story” are being played! Mark my words.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Oh, and if you think for one SECOND that they don’t already have the new co-host chosen and on contract, then you are exactly the lambs for ABC that they expect you to be. This is a publicity stunt and has been in the works for a long time. Oh I am sure they will trot out a bunch of so-called “prospects” to make you think they are auditioning, but they already have the host. That is why Strahan is leaving next month so the new co-host can debut in the fall. Don’t fall for this, people!

Leah
Leah

So agree! Networks know what will get ‘eyes’ and bump ratings and “we” never disappoint. Sadly…
Live wants its #1 spot back.
Billy Bush leaving Access for NBC Live; no chatter about that.

mgb357
mgb357

Mark Consuelos

Nikki
Nikki

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Timmm
Timmm

GOOD! That means I can start tuning in on May 14th!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

I share your sentiments, Timmm…

blake
blake

same here

Ray
Ray

I think everyone would love to see Anderson, Neil or Andy. I also read Jerry O’Connell is in the running. I am not a fan. I know he is California-based, but I would like to see Mario Lopez be considered.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Mark Consuelos (Kelly’s husband). End of story. Next……….

Nikki
Nikki

OMG Nooooooooo. He is such a bore with her. It would be snooze-ville.

penny
penny

Cameron Mathison, Kobe Bryant, Ronan Farrow, Andy Cohen, Mario Lopez or A.J. Calloway.

Joe
Joe

I liked on Tuesday when the camera cut away after Kelly’s announcement, when Michael normally pulls out the chair for her, and she told him she has it. Kelly doesn’t need Michael’s help, she’ll be better off with whoever comes next.

Charday
Charday

Bring back Regis and Kathie Lee and dump the others.

Peggie
Peggie

I agree with you Charday.

Nikki
Nikki

Me too.

K Ross
K Ross

Not Mark Consuelos. Anderson Copper and Kelly have a good time together.

Yvonne
Yvonne

First Choice, Mark Consuelos
Then Nick Lachey, Neil Patrick Harris and Anderson Cooper all tie for second because she has great chemistry with them all.

Oscar
Oscar

Cameron Mathison, Larry King or Josh Groban.

Rj
Rj

I thought about Cameron Mathison also.

Rj
Rj

Also, her husband Mark could be a possibility. Funny, I am commenting because I have not actually watched the show in years!

Mo
Mo

I was watching GMA today and when he came on I changed the channel.

Shari
Shari

No one—kelly is our long, national nightmare.

Patrick
Patrick

TA -DA !!!! spotlight !

the answer IS : “Joey Fatone”

Joseph Anthony “Joey” Fatone, Jr. is an American singer, dancer, actor and television personality. He is best known as a member of the boyband *NSYNC, in which he sang baritone.

Jane
Jane

Cancel it, don’t care.

luisa giammichele
luisa giammichele

I think it should be her husband they will do great together it is a family show

lynn wood
lynn wood

Sooo, Michael knew but HAD to keep the news under wraps. Kelly should understand and move on now. I don’t watch ” Live” b/c even at home Kellys looks and unprofessional ism is uncalled for. It’s done. Pull your big girl fancy pants up and move on. You know most of the watchers now are just wanting to see or here what you’re going to do next. How disrespectful you are. *Way to go in being the bigger person, Michael. Good Luck at GMA. We’ll be watching.

lynn wood
lynn wood

Even tho this may not be printed anywhere, I sincerely hope Kelly sees this and makes the little time she has left with Michael better and not just with him but the veiwers. Let us see that she’s moved and make it sincerely fun again. Am sooo sure I’m not the only one that feels this way. As much as I dislike writing this, I think much less of Kelly now.

Peggie
Peggie

I feel the same way Lynn. I think Kelly is being very immature and a bitch. I always thought she had a big head but she has a bigger attitude to go with it. She is really sickening. Everyone in my house only watched the show for Michael and now that he is leaving you could not pay me to look at it with Kelly on it. Just saying (truth)

Nikki
Nikki

I agree Lynn. Good luck Michael at GMA. You’ll be in better company than with this spoiled kid that thinks she runs the show. I’ll be watching GMA. My hope is that they take Kathy Lee Gifford back to be Kelly’s co-host. Believe me Kelly would be behaving herself or walking off the set because Kathy wouldn’t take her pouting and childish acting. Grow-up Kelly and See you on GMA Michael. Watch the ratings for Live drop now that Michael’s gone. Enjoy your emmy Kelly there won’t be another one. This one was for Michael.

Patricio
Patricio

Thinking out of the box ….Erika Slezak of OLTL. Could be a greT dynamic.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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