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Michael Strahan leaving ‘Live’ earlier than expected

Photo Credit: Michael Strahan's Instagram (@michaelstrahan)

Photo Credit: Michael Strahan’s Instagram (@michaelstrahan)

The dramatic saga over Michael Strahan’s surprising departure from “Live With Kelly & Michael” finally came to a peaceful end yesterday when Kelly Ripa made her return to the show and gave Strahan her blessing about his decision to leave. However, it looks like Strahan has decided to change his plans and leave “Live” earlier than anyone expected.

As previously reported, ABC made the announcement last week that Strahan would transition from being just a part-time “Good Morning America” co-host and leave “Live” in September to become a full-time “GMA” anchor. However, Ripa didn’t find out about the announcement until shortly before it was made and she was reportedly so furious that she took days off from work last week before going on vacation.

Ripa made her “Live” return yesterday and admitted that there was indeed a standoff between herself, ABC and Strahan over how his departure was handled.

“So what transpired though over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and most importantly, respect in the workplace,” Ripa said, before later adding that she was happy for Strahan.

“Apologies have been made and the best thing to come out of all of this, you guys, is that our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority. I am thrilled for Michael. I’m thrilled for you,” Ripa added. “This is a tremendous opportunity and I couldn’t be and we couldn’t be prouder of you.”

With the feud finally behind Strahan and Ripa, producers for “Good Morning America” and “Live” also decided to meet and figure out how to fix the high-profile mess and the decision was made that Strahan will leave “Live” in May instead of September.

“May 13 is his last show,” a source tells PEOPLE. “He’ll take the summer off and GMA can integrate him early before September, and this will give Live! more time to find the co-host. He’s totally fine with that. Now he can enjoy his summer.”

Sources also say that ABC executives apologized to Strahan for putting him in a tough position by asking him not to say anything about his departure to Ripa or any “Live” staff until the last minute.

“They admitted that they handled it wrong and put him in a terrible position,” the source says. “The network decided and the show decided that they wanted more time to find the cohost. He’s fine either way.”

“This is not about feeling awkward with Kelly,” the source added. “He was willing to stay until the fall, but the network is saying this gives them more time to find the co-host. He’s a team player. He will do what they ask.”

The source also addressed Ripa’s speech about Strahan’s departure and explained that Strahan walked into the segment blind, not knowing what Ripa would have to say about him to their audience.

“He had no idea how she was going to address it. They didn’t talk about it beforehand but he respected that it was her thing to do, however she wanted to do it,” said the source. “The vibe between them is all business. It remained tense. Nobody knew what was going to happen. Nobody shared with Michael what she was going to do. But he just went there to do his show and be professional.”

Well, regardless of how Strahan and Ripa still feel about each other, the situation seems to have finally come to an end with a resolution that will help all parties move on soon enough.


4 Comments

  1. cupcake333 on April 27, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    hell no micheal should sue nbc for their racist game , they know white viewers would attack micheal character if he left on bad terms they knew mark conselo kellys husband was not fund of micheal from day one ., they actually may have asked micheal to take that job cause to fire him would of been a hell storm of rage from fans of the show ,, they also sabataged micheal future on tv. .. and may not be able to bring him back in september bitter viewers will not watch GMA .. due to micheals stance on kelly which was not planned by him . it was to hurt another black man micheal really do look stupid he has a lost for words and kelly look like a kid who been injured to fans … no win here ..
    i would sue for emotional distress , and fraud of contract ., they let him out of one contract to enter another to get rid of him live is bigger then gma . who the hell watch old ass robin and boring john stepaniopois … they got rid of sam shepard cause he was gay ? yet they want micheal to get black views ? cause robin sure wasnt doing it .. man cant they even find a host?

    • Likewaterforchoc on April 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Now is your turn to read. You just posted a bunch of crap misinformation. Michael is a foot-shuffling Sambo of the highest caliber and is running where- ever money takes him. So, he will be the last to claim “racism.” This hosting gig should have easily gone to Neil Patrick Harris, but Kelly lobbied for him. Kelly though he was her friend and he hung out with her and her husband frequently outside of work. Sam CHAMPION (not Shepherd the actor, asshat) left to come here to gay mecca Atlanta to work for the weather channel and Robin is gay.

      • cupcake333 on April 28, 2016 at 7:18 pm

        WHO said robin was not gay you bafoon you sound so ignorant , ok sam champion? whoopty you get your ged for that one .
        now shut up .. micheal is just doing what all the others do going where the money is NBC oviously offered him a bigger check whats wrong with that you want to flip burgers are be a crew leader okkk ? HE ACTUALLY was trying to hard to be nice to kelly daily thats when its no longer a job its a plantation … . .people got bills to pay kelly would leave to if someone could top her pay … she made more then micheal how dare her white priveleged fake laugh ass assum a black man gotta work in the kitchen instead of the dinning room? ok
        a sambo is is terry cruz or wayne brady or clarence thomas or ben carson ex presidential candidate that knew he wasnt gonna get one black vote so he bailed ., we are in a revolution with police killing us and jobs being given to mexican instead of our black men . so what ever !!!! tookey smith got the death penalty for allegedly killing people …while the white boy who ran over and killed 4 people in texas gets probation? huh wen ever i see one of us dog out a white chick IM COOL WITH IT LETS GET THEM ALL OKKKK SORRY YOUR SO CONFUSED ABOUT YOUR RACE GET A BOOK SISTA

        • Likewaterforchoc on April 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm

          But you are not even black, though. So, I am not your “sista”. Nothing you ever say makes any sense. We all know that you are a paid white troll. Chile, where the fvck have you been? Michael has been wearing dresses, costumes ( yesterday thigh high boots). And he has a job co-hosting a show, so the rest of your bullsh!t diatribe is just that. Bullsh!t.
          And weren’t you the one defending Rachel Dolezale a while back? Talking about how much she’s done for black folks. I didn’t forget about that. You don’t know sh!t.