Kelly Ripa off Live! until next week after Michael Strahan's exit
Kelly Ripa won’t appear on TV this week.
Fox Sports personality Erin Andrews will co-host Live! With Kelly and Michael on Thursday and Friday with Michael Strahan, while Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell steps up for Monday’s program, a show spokesperson confirmed to EW. Ripa’s absence Friday and Monday is due to “a previously-scheduled vacation.” A return date for Ripa was not announced.
Ripa did not appear with Strahan on Wednesday’s show, in which he formally announced he is headed to Good Morning America full time starting in September. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Ana Gasteyer filled in for Ripa.
Sources told PEOPLE that Ripa called ABC on Tuesday night to say she would not come in Wednesday after being “completely blindsided” by news of Strahan’s departure. Ripa is sometimes kept out of the loop on certain developments involving the Live! show, EW reported. Sources also told EW that Ripa and Strahan have a strained relationship.
Live! has been a big success since Strahan replaced Regis Philbin in 2012: Ripa and Strahan won Emmys in 2015 for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts. The syndicated show has rated well for ABC owned-and-operated stations: It was recently renewed through 2020.