Kelly Ripa's Future On 'Live' Unclear As Michael Strahan Exits

Kelly Ripa reportedly took a "sick day" after her co-host, Michael Strahan, announced he was leaving the show — without her knowledge.
Posted at 7:54 PM, Apr 20, 2016

Michael Strahan will soon jet off to be a permanent fixture on ABC's "Good Morning America," while his current "Live" co-host, Kelly Ripa, reportedly didn't know she'd soon need a new co-pilot.

TMZ reports Ripa found out about Strahan’s exit right as Disney announced it — with no warning at all. 

"She’s been an amazing influence on me, and it has truly changed my life to be here with her," Strahan shared. 

Strahan had nothing but nice things to say about Ripa who, according to Us Weekly, "took a sick day" just 24 hours after the network dropped the news of the switch.

Ripa's return to the show isn't quite clear. Daily Mail claimed, "Ripa is refusing to turn up to work until Strahan leaves the show." Disney executives have not commented on any extended absence from Ripa.

But, with Strahan's impending departure, viewers are already curious to see who will fill those New York Giants' shoes. Ripa's besties, like Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, were named as fan favorites, along with the showiest showman of all, Neil Patrick Harris.

Despite all the daytime talk show drama, Strahan was still upbeat alongside guest co-host Ana Gasteyer during Ripa's day out of the office. Because, as it always does in showbiz, the show must go on. 

This video includes clips from ABC and images from Getty Images.