Kelly to Miss 3 More Shows —At Least

She threatened to not do another show with Strahan: source
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2016 8:51 AM CDT
Kelly to Miss 3 More Shows —At Least
Kelly Ripa, left, poses with Michael Strahan.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Kelly Ripa's anger has apparently yet to fade. After skipping out on Wednesday's Live! With Kelly and Michael following news that co-host Michael Strahan will abandon her for Good Morning America in September, ABC says Ripa will also miss shows airing Thursday and Friday. She had planned to film both episodes Thursday, then go on vacation until Tuesday. Erin Andrews will now fill in for the two shows this week with actress Shay Mitchell co-hosting on Monday, reports Page Six.

A show rep won't say when exactly Ripa will be back, per the AP, and a source on set tells Entertainment Tonight that she's "threatened to not come back until Michael leaves." But TMZ is throwing cold water on rumors that Ripa is planning to abandon the show, too, noting she can't afford it. Despite pulling in $15 million a year, "her lifestyle eats up most of it," the site says. At least Ripa can take solace in the fact that Oprah has her back. The former talk show host tells TMZ that "she should not have found out that way." (More Kelly Ripa stories.)

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