- Kelly Ripa will return to Live alongside Michael Strahan on Tuesday, according to a source close to Ripa
- There are claims she could have to face a lawsuit or legal letter from ABC
- Her return comes after she was blindsided by Strahan quitting Live
- Strahan told Ripa and Live producer Michael Gelman Tuesday that he was leaving the show to go to Good Morning America in September
- Ripa has not appeared on the show since Strahan told her the news, and cancelled a planned trip to Turks and Caicos this weekend
- Ripa and Strahan’s relationship over the past four years has been ‘all for show’ according to a source
- Strahan would allegedly throw regular ‘temper tantrums’ at work
After refusing to appear on her own TV show for most of this week, bosses at ABC are worried that Kelly Ripa could ‘go rogue’ when she finally agrees to return to work.
According to Page Six, Ripa is still refusing to take calls from executives at the networks – still furious after learning she was being ‘overshadowed’ by her co-anchor Michael Strahan, who is to join Good Morning America full time.
The fear is that she could ‘do an Ann Curry’ and turn on her on-screen partner, poisoning the on-air chemistry between them for months to come.
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On-air split? Kelly Ripa (left on Wednesday) still isn’t taking calls from Michael Strahan (right) and ABC execs — and her bosses fear she could go rogue and ‘do an Ann Curry’ on live TV when she agrees to return
One insider told New York Post’s Page Six that they are worried she could go off-script. ‘They still don’t know if she’s coming back on Tuesday. Kelly won’t take anyone’s calls. She could get a letter this weekend saying she’s required to turn up to work under her contract, and if she doesn’t show up, she’ll face being sued for damages, such as lost ad revenue.’
An ABC rep has said of such a legal letter, ‘That is completely ridiculous and totally false’ but declined to comment further.
The main fear is that there would be such animosity between the duo that the show would be impossible to continue.
The tension could last at least until September when Strahan is due to leave, and it could make for some uncomfortable viewing.
Going rogue? Ann Curry was famously sidelined by NBC’s Today show, but it lead to months of harmful chemistry between the presenters on-air
Another ABC source told Page Six: ‘Kelly and Michael have been faking it for a while. They haven’t been getting on for some time. Things went south when he went part-time to GMA. She resents Michael’s success and her ego can’t take it. But what is ridiculous is that Live is still her show – she’s still the star.’
Sources close to Ripa have confirmed that she will join Strahan on Tuesday – just a week after she took time off from work and cancelled a planned trip to Turks and Caicos in celebration of her 20th anniversary with husband Mark Consuelos.
People Magazine reported that Ripa sent an email to her staff late Friday night saying: ‘I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information.
‘Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning. Love, Kelly.’
Kelly Ripa will be returning to Live alongside Michael Strahan (pictured togather last October) on Tuesday after a bitter and rancorous week that left her blindsided by the news that her co-host would be quitting the show and taking a job at GMA
Sources close to the ABC star have confirmed that she will join Strahan (pictured left and right) on Tuesday, just a week after she took time off from work and cancelled a planned trip to Turks and Caicos in celebration of her 20th anniversary to husband Mark Consuelos after Strahan broke the news
On Friday, Regis Philbin backed his former co-host Ripa and said ABC went behind her back ‘to a certain degree’.
In a video interview posted by TMZ, Philbin said the network ‘should’ve told her from the beginning’ that Strahan was leaving the show.
‘I can’t tell because I’m not there, but they’re going to be all right. They’re going to be fine.’
Philbin also made sure to take some time to congratulate the former football star on his new job.
‘Years ago I interviewed Michael Strahan on my show, and I asked him what he will do when he leaves the Giants. He said, ‘I want your job,’ and years later he got it,’ Philbin told People.
‘Now he’s moving on to Good Morning America. Next stop could be Washington.’
Philbin continued to say in the TMZ video: ‘[Michael] is great. He was great with the Giants, he was great on our show, he’s doing a lot of stuff.’
‘They’re going to use him down there [at ‘GMA’] because they’re in second place [in the ratings] right now.’
But the 84-year-old is keeping his distance from the ABC drama while defending his former co-host.
On Friday morning Strahan was out and about in New York City taking advantage of the warm weather as he headed to the gym and flashed a peace sign while enjoying a rare day off from work.
The time off was likely much needed for Strahan after his tumultuous week, and the emergence of claims that the overworked host had been losing his composure on the set of Live With Kelly and Michael due to his packed schedule.
Regis Philbin (left) backed his former co-host Ripa and said ABC went behind her back ‘to a certain degree’
In a video interview posted by TMZ, Philbin (left) said the network ‘should’ve told her from the beginning’. But Philbin also made sure to take some time to congratulate Strahan (right) on his new job
But 84-year-old Philbin (right) said he is keeping his distance from the ABC drama while defending his former co-host Ripa (left)
Rough week: The Live With Kelly and Michael host has had a difficult week after announcing he would be leaving the show to join the team at Good Morning America
Staying cool: A source close to Ripa claimed on Thursday that Strahan had recently been throwing ‘temper tantrums’ on the Live set because he is so overworked
Phonies: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan’s relationship over the past four years has all been for show according to a source close to Ripa (above in October as Ripa receives her star on the Walk of Fame)