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Kelly Ripa Goes Mysteriously Absent From "Live" After Michael Strahan Decides To Join "GMA"!

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There is a major soap opera going down behind the scenes that Kelly Ripa is no stranger to having inhabited the life of Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, and having gone through a major co-host change before.

After the news earlier this week that Ripa’s Live with Kelly and Michael co-host, Michael Strahan decided to join Good Morning America full time come September, sources say Ripa was taken completely off guard and is upset.

At the top of Wednesday morning’s episode of “Live”, Strahan addressed the  studio crowd and viewers at home that he is indeed making this full time change, while guest co-host Ana Gasteyer stood by as Strahan received, “boo’s”.

Nowhere to be found was Ripa, and a source close to the show toldVariety that she was angry after ABC executives gathered her, Strahan, and the show’s staff together at the end of Tuesday’s taping to reveal that Strahan would end his run at “Live” in four months, then move full time to “GMA.”   Immediately afterward, the network announced the move publicly. That night, Strahan received a call from the show telling him that Ripa would not be coming to work the next day.

Sources said Ripa was surprised and angered by the lack of notice she received before the announcement. Her representatives did not respond to Variety‘s requests for comment. ABC confirmed late Wednesday that Erin Andrews will fill in for Ripa on Thursday and Friday, with the latter show pretaping tomorrow, and that Pretty Little Liars co-star Shay Mitchell will co-host with Strahan on Monday.  Meanwhile an ABC spokesperson said Kelly’s absence is due to “a previously scheduled vacation,” which many do not believe.

Meanwhile Strahan stated on Wednesday’s episode, “Kelly welcomed me here and I’ve learned so much from her, and she’s just been an amazing influence on me and this has truly changed my life to be with her.”

When Ripa does decide to come to work the plan is for Strahan to be beside her five days a week until his new job begins. Then Ripa faces a possible situation much like the one she endured five years ago, finding a successor following the departure of original host Regis Philbin.

So will Kelly show up at “Live”?  Do you think Strahan made the right decision to leave the syndicated talker for “GMA”?  Who should be Kelly’s next co-host if she decides she wants to continue with the show?  Comment below.

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

A little publicity cant hurt…

su0000
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su0000

They should give some to GH..

you watch that talk stuff? if so- why would you? ahaa!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I havent watched a talk show in ages…

Timmm
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Timmm

They could give a talk show to Nina and Nathan and call it “Live with Dumb and Dumber!”

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I do watch–and I think it was very ungracious of Michael to conduct his business that way. Anyone can be kind. i would be hurt if I were Kelly to receive that kind of news at the eleventh hour–and in that manner.

Vicki Black
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Vicki Black

He blindsided her. Not what you do to someone you called a friend. I am very pissed at him and ABC for the way this was handled. Kelly would have supported his move, I am sure, if she had been given some warning that this was coming. ABC had been on my SH** list since they arbitrarily cancelled AMC and OLTL. This is just one more crappy move on their (Disney/ABC) part. I plan to quit watching GMA an will become a TODAY SHOW fan.

Harry
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Harry

Oh cry me a river—she makes ten million dollars a year and works maybe three hours a day. Get tough, cream puff and talk to folks with real problems,

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hey Harry, she does make 20 millions dollars–but I’ll bet she cries real tears just like the rest of us working stiffs, don’t you? LOL!

Maureen Lynch
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Maureen Lynch

I agree with you 100%. The ABC announcement was weak at best. It should’ve come from Michael during their show. Today he didn’t thank or mention her until the end. It was like a child being reminded to say thank you. I’m ok with him leaving to a struggling ship, but don’t treat the people that helped you get there so poorly. Also I didn’t like it when he said he was close by to co-host- I think that ship has sailed.

Timmm
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Timmm

He is a classless jerk! She will find a better partner and be thankful in the end!

Rose
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Rose

CBS Morning show is excellent. Interesting, intelligent news that includes entertainment, but not it’s reason for being. And without all the Disney and “perky” show business stuff. But like you I pretty well tuned out of ABC after they cancelled OLTL and AMC and left us with replacements that didn’t get ratings and have been cancelled.

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree Rose, Charlie Rose is a first class individual!

Chaz
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Chaz

Only thing I tune into in the morning. Very little “fluff” and I think the combo of Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King is perfect. I will admit that when I first saw Gayle King was on my first thought was…oh, brother. But, I have come to really like her and love the banter and the way she gets Rose to laugh. My only complaint is that I wish it was on longer than the 2 hours.

Fanny
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Fanny

Agreed Charlie Rose and Co…R dedicated to brining us News,
interesting stories & interviews. Unlike the overblown nonsense
on ABC and NBC hasn’t been the same since Bryant Gumble left.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I don’t think it’s up to ABC to manage whatever personal or professional relationship is between Ripa & Strahan. They did their professional duty by announcing it to the show personnel with plenty of advance time. Strahan should have been the one to contact Ripa *personally.* That’s not ABC’s job. Strahan has a phone & sees Ripa 5 days a week. Nothing was stopping him from having a private conversation with Ripa in person. That said, I don’t think its “bad” for anyone to take advantage of a great opportunity. If the same offer had been extended to Ripa &… Read more »

David
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David

4 days a week. They pre-tape Fridays on Thursday.

Amy
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Amy

I agree with everything you’ve said. Michael at least owed Kelly the courtesy of telling her first before allowing the news to become public. Michael only got the job because Kelly wanted to work with him.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Vicki,

This is no way meant as a reflection on your choices, but in my opinion, the TODAY SHOW is no better. Matt Lauer got rid of Ann Curry and I have had ZERO respect for that program since showing the killer’s video tape from the Virginia Tech massacre years ago. Yeah, they had permission to do so but it was disgusting and just to get ratings. Talk TV is just that … talk … be it so-called morning “news” or panel shows.

Jaime
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Jaime

Strahan’s lack of decency in speaking up to Ripa and doing all behind her back speaking k s volumes. Non are worth it

David
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David

He may not have been allowed to say anything until he was given the go-ahead by ABC. From what I understand (and I have friends at the network) this deal came together very quickly. This talk of no-advance notice. He is still going to be with the show full-time for an additional four months. Most people, when quitting a job, give two weeks.

JUDY K
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JUDY K

YOU SAID THAT CORRECTLY…..DO NOT BOTHER TO TURN ON EITHER SHOW IN THE A.M. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER THINGS WORTH ONES TIME RATHER THAN THESE SHOWS!!

Alayne Stone
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Alayne Stone

I think there are several issues here. 1. ABC mishandled Ripa. They ought to have told her privately, not in a group, and she should have heard it before everyone else. 2. Strahan has every right to do what he feels is right for him to do. If Ripa is pissed for any other reason other than not being told privately first, she is being a hypocrite, and acting like the entitled soap fans who are personally outraged when an actor chooses to leave a role (ahem, STEVE BURTON, ahem). If she is allowed to leave AMC to co-host a… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

She or he can do as they please. When you are shoulder to shoulder with someone every week you expect to have a bond. She feels slighted. He may have been under strict orders not to say anything. Kelly has been on the show forever. If Strahan didnt say anything, she felt her bosses should have told her. Either way, they will both succeed.

Rose
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Rose

Timmm. Soooo agree about Charlie Rose, not just on CBS, but also his show on PBS.

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

I totally agree, Timmm. She has every reason to be upset. I feel bad for her.

Loretta
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Loretta

Since Kelly has been with this show as long as she has, I think ABC should have given her a heads up to what they were going to do sooner. I also think Michael should have told her what he was planning to do. I realize a lot of this might have been sudden; but someone clearly knew what was going on.

sheryl
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sheryl

I think Kelley’s husband Michael would be great with her on the show

Mo
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Mo

Her husband’s name is Mark. Her eldest son’s name is Michael.

Harry
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Harry

I thought her husband’s name was Mateo.
Doesn’t he have a sister named Dr. Maria Santos?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I second the emotion–have seen them together when he guest hosted. They are fun together.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

OH please no! It’s bad enough with her on the show…

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

ELITE ADVISORS, eh? Wow, sounds impressive!

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I agree, but maybe too much publicity for him? They seem to have managed to stay together for so long with her being the one in the major spotlight. I still think they are cute together, but sometimes working together is too much. Hopefully the right thing will be done.

ADAM
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ADAM

Oh Kelly, get over and be the bigger person, you still have job to do and you have many fans that like the show otherwise ABC would pull the plug. Let Michael go to GMA, you will find another co-host. You did not treat the last host well after he left and now your acting like your high school, GROW UP!

I have never be fan of hers on this show or AMC , she’s too much drama!

Darren
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Darren

Kelly Ripa is a diva, and a drama queen. ABC Better warn Kelly, to come back or you lose your job. I used to like Kelly, but now she is a brat and a Diva.

Timmm
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Timmm

Your right, this Fall it could be “Live with Erin and Anderson!”

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Agreed… she is annoying at best….so tired of her attitude…. who does she think she is? She was an average at best actress who was lucky enough to get a shot with Regis… and to thank him, she never even kept in touch… what GOES around COMES around….

Patrick
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Patrick

from “Wiki” : After twenty guest appearances over two years, Strahan was selected as Kelly Ripa’s new co-host on September 4, 2012, marking his first official day on the rechristened syndicated talk show, Live! with Kelly and Michael. Ratings instantly surged, impressively generating year-over-year

Kelly Ripa is not the star she thinks she is…. Regis and Strahan Were are “are” the show

“she” plays the shtick well enough… but when it comes to actually sharing and conversing with the guests… she falls flat…it’s not cute any more

Nancy James
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Nancy James

Ryan Seacrest , since American Idol over

Timmm
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Timmm

Love it!

Nancy James
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Nancy James

May Ryan Seacrest

Kevin
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Kevin

I definitely think Strahan made the strategic correct move. He was great on Live, but the show is silly fluff heading nowhere. I could sense tension or friction from Ripa, mainly because the comedy and laughs came easier for Strahan. Personally, I think they should replace her as well. Would love to see her back on soaps again, she became really great on AMC. However, her and BFF Anderson Cooper will probably take the helm come September. Please, just NOT her husband!

Ces
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Ces

We really have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. We all feel a certain way about our jobs and coworkers that no one else knows/feels so calling Kelly names without knowing the facts isnt really fair. We may never know! Michael has a right to choose another job too.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You say it well, Ces! But he could have been more gracious and thanked her up front–and looked “sincere” when he did so–LOL! And it would have helped had he looked into the camera when he did so.

Ces
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Ces

Thanx Nancy! Lol!! Ya know, I have never even watched that show except when it was Regis & Kathie Lee.

Rod
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Rod

Wasn’t a fan of Michael so I stopped watching. Now maybe I’ll watch again.

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen Rod.

Harry
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Harry

He was a tad too perky for me. Hell, all the morning people are too damned perky for me. I don’t watch any of the morning shows. Somewhere TPTP got the idea that we viewers want to see and hear hilarity ensuing in the AM when somnolence meets wakefulness–the most tender time of the day.

Katiek
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Katiek

Kelly does not care that Michael is leaving,
It’s been reported she can’t stand him. She
Is more upset that it’s clear ABC does not
Value her or the show. They will throw a little
More cash at her and all will be ok. They
Should hire Jerry O’Connoll. He is funny.

Reagan
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Reagan

Who’s to say if staying at Live or moving to GMA is best for Michael? Only time will tell. As far as a replacement goes…. years ago there was a lot of talk that Jeff Gordon would take over for Regis when he retired. Of course Regis retired before Jeff was ready to climb out of the race car. Now he’s free (besides working for NASCAR on Fox much like Michael works for NFL on Fox.) I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cameron Mathison in the running. I agree with some other posters that Kelly’s husband Mark could be good.

Timmm
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Timmm

Cameron would suck as hard as Strahan did!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Timmm…I agree. More and more, I find that Cameron dude to be VERY, VERY ANNOYING!!!!! NO, NO AND MORE NO!!!!!

Later.

Rose
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Rose

Put yourself in Kelly’s place. How would you feel if you were if you found out in this manner. Remember what NBC did to Today’s Ann Curry. Network politics sound pretty brutal. I bet Regis would have stories to tell, but I don’t think it’s his style. I don’t watch Kelly and Michael unless they are having a guest on I might want to see. I remember when Michael started Live, and it didn’t take him long before you would see him appearing as a “guest” on other ABC shows for the day. Plus he is running in ads on… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

P.S. ABC just let go Stana Katic/Beckett from Castle for “budget reasons.” Also Lanie. Apparently Stana and Nathan Fillion didn’t get along, but don’t know if this contributed to her not being resigned after 8+ (?) yrs. How can you have Castle without Beckett?

Timmm
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Timmm

I love Stana!

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

@Rose – I am really hoping that you are mistaken and Stan was not let go!

Linda
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Linda

I haven’t watched Live or anything but the soaps on ABC since the day it was announced that AMC & OLTL were cancelled. ABC/D let Kelly know what they think of her just like they did to us! Does ABC/D really think daytime television needs another hour of GMA? Guess they forgot what happened to that OLTL replacement called Good Afternoon America. Another blunder by ABC/D. Walt is turning over in his cyro tank!

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

Now I can start watching the shoe again. Strauss sucked. Kelly Ripa’s husband should co-host with her. Mark Consuelo would be great!

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

***Show not shoe
***Strahan not Strauss

me
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me

It’s beyond ridiculous to think that you have to let ANYBODY know when you’re getting a new job.

Joe
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Joe

It’s just a job. He’s moving on. He doesn’t owe anybody an explanation, not even Kelly Ripa. Geez! I’ve left jobs before without telling anyone. Who cares? It’s his business!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Completely. Agree.

blake
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blake

I have not watched Live but a few times since Regis left. I couldn’t get into it with Kelly and MIchael, I hope they get a better replacement.

ScoobyDum72
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ScoobyDum72

The last time I left a job, I gave two weeks notice, walked out the door, and never looked back. I can’t see any reasonable situation where 4 months could be considered “blindsiding.” That being said. I think this is all publicity — story line for the show. Good luck to the next guy though for sure…

Alan
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Alan

I think the whole thing was handled poorly — Kelly should’ve been told before the big announcement — but she also needs to remember that she left AMC to do LIVE…

mark
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mark

No she didn’t she continued to do AMC for several years until her contract expired and then I think even did guest appearances if they asked her.

Rose
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Rose

Disney CEO and ABC this was really a dick move. Things are not going to be as what you think after this for GMA. Your ratings have fallen because of Robin, George and even Dr. Besser after his embarrassing outburst on air a while ago. These incidents make an impact just remember that.

Bruno Ruggiero
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Bruno Ruggiero

It’s business….While Kelly may have been shocked she shouldn’t have been surprised. ABC was grooming him for GMA for the past two years. Anderson Cooper or Neil Patrick Harris would be ideal replacements for Strahan. After this season goes on hiatus oil fall he or his lisp won’t be missed.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

IT’S BUSINESS INDEED. That’s all it is.

No employer is going to smile on her behaviour. The decision to move him was made at several levels above her chat show realm. He’s getting promoted and she’s acting a fool. No one did one thing to her. They obviously knew she was going to have a meltdown.

She’ll be lucky to have any job in six months. When the CEO of ABC sez we’re doing this , then the correct response is Congratulations.

People get promoted. It happens.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

She has a year left on contract, they say. Perhaps the show will be cancelled?

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Tomas…E-X-A-C-T-L-Y!!!!! Kelly should be grateful that she STILL HAS a job!!!!! Kelly needs to calm down ALREADY and realize that it is a BUSINESS!!!!! Business-wise, it is what it is. Period.

mark
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mark

She can do that show by herself I don’t know what she’s upset about. Good riddance to what’s his name and say hello to the Kelly Show! She needs to tap into her AMC Hayley “Halo” spunk!!!

Leslee
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Leslee

Neil Patrick Harris or Anderson Cooper!

Dar
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Dar

He should have told Kelly himself as a friend & coworker… Not nice being a backstabber. She will excel & find another terrific co-host.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I look at it like this: It is a BUSINESS and N-O-T a family!!!!!

Case closed.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

What is she teaching her children… You are paid very well.. So acclimate yourself to another talk partner.. He signed a contract with ABC not Kelly Ripa productions.. She should be ashamed of her actions.. Go on air.. Explain you were caught off guard.. Life goes on.. and APOLOGIZE to the viewing audience for your childish behavior

april
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april

I bet when she comes back she will insist it is a misunderstanding in the media and she was simply on vacay.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Very hard to believe that Kelly had no prior knowledge. Sounds like a big stunt to me.

Susi
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Susi

Diva. Get over yourself!

Benjaman
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Benjaman

Please, please bring back Anderson Cooper — he and Kelly together click like crazy. Not upset that MIchael is leaving – struck me as anything but genuine. Kelly has been the constant on that show and ABC Disney should be ashamed to have treated her so shabbily. Obvious Michael is thought of more highly than she.

Timmm
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Timmm

I love Anderson! Jeff Probst would be good to.

Benjaman
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Benjaman

Neil Patrick Harris??

mgb357
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mgb357

Life goes on

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Although we all like to think our bosses and co-workers care for us and have our best interest in mind the truth is a job is a job is a job. No one should ever take anything that happens at work personally. If she was friends with him off screen then him not telling her might be issue with them privately, but as a co-worker she is not entitled to know his business. The show is ABC’s property, not Kelly’s, she is an employee, so she was informed when all the other employees were informed. Kelly just found out that… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I don’t think it was handled well, but don’t know if this is the best way for Kelly to handle it now. I guess it will be hard for her to sit next to Michael after this. Personally, I’d prefer him to stay on Live as I don’t like him and don’t want to see more of him on GMA. I don’t know why he was picked to co-host LIve to begin with and don’t know what GMA sees in him. I just think he’s annoying.

Magento
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Magento

It is apparent that nobody here works or understands the industry yet the can go on name calling. 1) Kelly and Michael don’t work just 3 hrs a day. Obvious that person doesn’t know what goes into making a morning show. 2) Deals are made at the networks and even if someone is your friend you may not be able to mention it to them or anyone else. Because that’s just the way it is. The network breaks the news. Same goes in many regular jobs. You give your boss 2 weeks notice and they ask you not to outright… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

And hers is quite public and people here understand the mechanics of show biz and tantrums.. She acts like they up and replaced her with no warning… Which they are probably threatening if she doesn’t get over this situation..

magneto
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magneto

Apparently not based on the comments. Seems like everyone is out to point a finger at someone not knowing the actual story. It’s like people read a headline and story full of “sources” say nonsense and take it as truth. One of the biggest problems in this country today. People reading things, passing them along as fact and just craving gossip. Speaking out on things they know nothing about as if they’re experts.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

On that note I agree but when you have the majority of news outlets and gossip hounds reporting the exact same story real imagined or blown up.. The way people feel about the individuals involved comes out.. I’ve not wavered on my opinion of Kelly or that fluff show.. but I didn’t feel the need to make it known.. Until now.. But I also won’t pour sugar on her and pretend to like her while waiting to pounce … which people do..when she seemingly is creating a huge problem for no reason other than being in diva mode..

Harry
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Harry

Sorry Magneto, but my heart fails to bleed for someone making ten million dollars a year while not working very hard for it. Yes, I am sure it’s more than three hours a day but it’s not much more. Believe it or not, I do know a little something about the industry. My heart is too busy bleeding for single mothers who cannot pay the rent or provide their children with three square meals a day. I like Kelly Ripa well enough and ABC did mishandle it, but Kelly’s behavior is unprofessional and childish.

Timmm
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Timmm

Kelly should be pissed. She has been through this circus before and she should have been aware of the changes being made. She deserves that type of respect in her business because she earned it! I am glad Strahan is leaving. He sucked! He never added anything to the show and I never witnessed the chemistry with these two like I did with Regis and Kelly. We move forward. I pray Dana Carvey is hired as her new co-host. If he isnt interested, Anderson Cooper would be great!

Rose
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Rose

Timmm…Anderson’ s great with Kelly, but I think he’d be crazy to leave CNN with all the prominence and opportunities for special reporting that he gets there.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Rose, you’ve made the point that I wish to make. Anderson Cooper is a serious news journalist. That image would forever be tarnished by a move to Live. I even think his visits to Live diminish this image.

Timmm
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Timmm

You are right Rose. If he were a bit older maybe, like Regis, it would be the time and place! Also, so glad to here you like Charlie Rose. I start my morning off with him to see what the hell happened in the world, last might! He is smart, likable and trustworthy!

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Who would ever leave CNN anchor job for LIVE with KELLY?? LOL… they would need their head examined…

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I agree that Anderson is great, but it would be a demotion for him.

Linda
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Linda

who knows what really happened and who cares. KR will find another job!

Karen Gierhart
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Karen Gierhart

Regis told Hoda Kotb on the Today show that he hadn’t seen Kelly since he left the show. Thought that seemed strange since they seemed to get along so well. Maybe she & Michael aren’t really that close.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Contract negotiations or new employment deals or anything like that are strictly confidential in almost every industry. Of course, Kelly wasn’t told ahead of time. Michael surely wasn’t allowed to say anything and their bosses weren’t going to spill the beans until all the i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed. I suppose they might have told her privately very shortly before telling everyone else, but that isn’t good for “team spirit.” Sure, people are friendly at work, but business is business. And that’s the professional way to do things.

Rapids
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Rapids

I like Kelly and think she has been a terrific cohost. Now there in a story out that she had planned an anniversary trip with mark for this week but she has now canceled it. I can see her taking a day off to get her mind around this, after all she has to play nice with Michael Strahan until September. I’m sure they will both have time off this summer and maybe won’t do a lot more shows together. In any event she needs to return to work ASAP or all this will backfire on her. The world can… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

I like Live. One of the few talk shows that I find good, mostly because it honestly seems spontaneous as compared to other talk shows. Sounds to me like Kelly was completely blindsided (again) and that ABC/Disney could have easily avoided all of these hard feelings by exercising some common sense and keeping her in the loop. Michael could have also insisted on it, as negotiations went on. But, at the end of the day, it’s just another talk show. Too many of them already that just add to the noise of our daily lives. I’m not THAT invested in… Read more »

Shari
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Shari

Kelly Ripa is a spoiled rotten brat and should be the one fired. Grow up already! The show is unwatchable with it being all about her. Michael is a class act and doesn’t owe anyone anything. Good for him for moving on and getting away from me,me,me, every day.

Charday
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Charday

Agree with you 100 percent. She does make the show all about her, including when guests are there. Cancel the show, already.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Shari… could not agree with you more!

Leeza
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Leeza

Lots of drama on ABC, bring Cameron Mathison ex Ryan AMC to replace Michael.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Not a fan of Strahan. He’s overrated and ubiquitous. I don’t understand what TV execs see in him. The lack of notice given to Kelly was classless. Sure, you can blame the TV execs, but Strahan shares that blame.

dmr
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dmr

Not a fan of Kelly Ripa or “Live” since Regis left. It sounds as though Michael took an opportunity that most anyone would take. Perhaps she was blindsided; but, really, c’mon-she has a very blessed life and the show will most likely go on.

penny
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penny

Everyone is assuming Michael didn’t tell Kelly. We don’t know that 100%! She is an actress after all and she didn’t want to betray Michael ‘s trust by saying, oh yes, I know. Her fury is most likely with the higher ups who put Michael in that awkward position of keeping this new gig on the down low and not respecting her enough to tell her. I think he gave her the heads up and told her to play it her way. If not, maybe they’re not as close as they appeared on the show, they aren’t the first to… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Wow! I am STUNNED at the comments referring to a PERSON as a “brat,” “diva,” etc. What happened to that post a while back regarding attacking people and not characters? I guess if it is up for gossip then it is okay?

I don’t think this is right. Maybe Kelly Ripa is acting a little entitled or scorned, but being in this business for so long she is only human. I am not particularly on either side, but I find this thread to be a little hypocritical. 🙁

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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