While the co-hosts didn’t meet or talk by phone before their “Live With Kelly and Michael” reunion Tuesday, a source said they “did exchange some cordial texts.”
They started communicating after Ripa had cooled down from her anger about being left in the dark about Strahan’s departure from their ABC-produced show “Live” after four years to join “Good Morning America” full-time.
Ripa had been furious that neither Strahan nor ABC execs had told her about the ex-Giant’s exit until after she got off the air around 30 minutes before last week’s big announcement.
TV insiders said that, despite all the drama, Tuesday’s show will be broadcast live, and Kelly “is going to say what she wants to say. ABC will want to vet her comments, but there will be nothing scripted and no vetting. What she wants to say has not been submitted for approval.”
Outraged Ripa didn’t show up for work last Wednesday, canceled a planned vacation to Turks and Caicos, and headed off to another secret location with her husband, Mark Consuelos.
The shocked star went radio-silent for a few days, refusing to take calls from ABC execs and her co-host. But, since then, a source said, “ABC execs have gone out of their way to make up for it. Ben Sherwood [president of Disney-ABC TV] did reach out and personally apologize and stress their commitment to Kelly and the show.”
The source added, “The way things were handled was very surprising, upsetting and demoralizing for Kelly, but going away helped her put things in perspective. She’ll get through this.” Internal talks are already underway about who could be Ripa’s next co-host.
Meanwhile, Ripa’s friend Andy Cohen thinks Strahan is crazy to leave. “Your name is in the freakin’ title! . . . [At ‘GMA’] he is now one of five people sitting at that crowded anchor desk . . . I just don’t see how you leave the greatest team in TV to be one of five people,” he said on his SiriusXM show Monday.