It looks like Live! with Kelly and Michael is going to have a new ring to it soon. Michael Strahan dropped a bomb on his co-host on Tuesday by announcing his upcoming departure from the Emmy award-winning show. The former pro-NFL’er had become a household favourite with his awful (but totally charming) attempts at various accents and impersonations, so it’s not a huge surprise that the big-wigs at Disney decided to move him to Good Morning America in an attempt to boost ratings.
BUT just because it makes sense, doesn’t mean we like it. ‘Cause we don’t. Not one little bit. Live! has been on the air for more than 30 years with only a handful of full-time hosts, but none have had better chemistry than Kelly and Michael. Of course, Kelly is the real star of the show, which is why she deserved to be in on this switch-up. Or, at least be given fair warning before the news went public. For the record, a few minutes notice is not fair warning, and that’s what she and long-time Live! producer Michael Gelman were given before the news went public.
Not surprisingly, Kelly is said to be livid about being left in the dark. So mad in fact that she didn’t show up for the show this morning, and there’s no word on when she’ll be back. There’ve even been some rumors that the failing Good Morning America might get an extra hour added to their show, which just happens to fall into Kelly’s Live! timeslot. Excuse us? Who’s making decisions over there, because we have some serious questions for you.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens when the dust settles a little bit. Kelly might be taking applications for a new sidekick, or she may take herself to another network. Whatever the case, we’re guessing her bosses are regretting the way they handled the situation now, because she clearly has more power than they thought.