Fans are still trying to wrap their heads around the surprising announcement made yesterday concerning Michael Strahan‘s move from Live! to Good Morning America,but no one is probably more shocked by the news than his co-host Kelly Ripa.
His longtime ABC partner-in-crime found out about Strahan’s switcheroo around the same time as the rest of the world, and has since been absent from her post on the show and remained mum on the topic, causing a lot of speculation as to what is going to happen with the daytime talk show.
Needless to say, a lot has gone down these last 24 hours, so if you haven’t been able to keep up, we got you covered.
Here’s everything we know about Strahan’s exit and all that followed after the news went public:
TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016:
Everything Seemed Normal: On Tuesday morning, Live! was smooth-sailing as usual, with guests Jason Bateman and Dr. Melina Jampolis.
Until That Meeting After the Show: However, shortly after the show aired, Ripa and Strahan met with ABC executives and executive producer Michael Gelman to reveal the big news. “He wanted to be there. He didn’t have to be, but he didn’t want to have her hear it and not be there,” a source told E! News of Strahan’s attendance at the meeting. “He tried to do the stand up thing.”
And Then the World Found Out, Too: At around the same time as the executive meeting, news of Strahan’s exit also went public. ABC News president James Goldston announced the news Tuesday in a staff memo.
Strahan Released His Own Statement: “I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at GMA. It is an exciting opportunity to be able to bring unique stories and voices to the audience. My time with Live With Kelly and Michael has been transformative, and my departure will be bittersweet. Kelly has been an unbelievable partner, and I am so thankful to her and the entire team. I am extremely grateful for the amazing support I’ve received from all of the fans.”
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016:
Kelly Takes the Day Off: Following the shocking news, Ripa chooses to remain absent from Wednesday morning’s show. “Kelly had the day off today,” the ABC rep tells E! News. Instead, Strahan was joined by guest co-host Ana Gasteyer, and guests Denver Broncos player Von Miller and his Dancing With the Stars partnerWitney Carson.
Strahan Addresses His Departure: At the top of the show, during host chat, Strahan acknowledges the bombshell that was dropped the day prior, but didn’t mention Kelly.
“I was reading some of the stuff and it sounded like I died,” he said, laughing. “But I do want to say to all of our viewers out there…four years ago when I came here, I’m sure they were like, ‘They chose that guy with the big gap in his teeth?'”
Then He Gives Kelly a Shout-Out: “I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa, because Kelly welcomed me here and I’ve learned so much from her, and she’s just been an amazing influence on me,” Strahan said at the end of the show. “This has truly changed my life to be here with her, and I know that the show will continue to be strong and great because of Kelly…Kelly, I thank you. I love you and everyone else here at LIVE!”
Kelly Was “Livid” About the Way It Went Down: Regardless, a source tells E! News that Ripa was very disappointed in finding out about Strahan’s exit at the same time as everyone else. “She was livid,” the insider told us exclusively. “It wasn’t pretty.”