A Look Back at 'Live! With Kelly and Michael's' Recent Drama
As Michael Strahan leaves the daytime talk show, relive the news that's unfolded since it was announced he would be exiting for a full-time job on 'GMA,' from Kelly Ripa's one-woman boycott to her highly anticipated return to the duo winning a Daytime Emmy.
On Friday, Michael Strahan's four-year run as co-host on Live! With Kelly and Michael came to an end with a fond look back at his and co-host Kelly Ripa's most memorable moments emceeing the daytime talk show.
But there's been plenty of drama surrounding Live over just the past few weeks, starting with the news that Strahan would be leaving Live for a full-time job on Good Morning America. The news broke on April 19, after that day's Live aired in New York, and was followed by Ripa taking an unexpected couple of days off.
After Ripa's triumphant return the following Tuesday, Strahan made news again, this time with word that his final day on Live would be May 13, not sometime in the summer, as had been expected.
The next week, the duo won a Daytime Emmy for outstanding entertainment talk show hosts.
Relive all of the headlines below, and watch the video above for a longer look back at Ripa and Strahan's highs and lows.
Tuesday, April 19: News breaks that Strahan is leaving Live for a full-time role on GMA, on which he has appeared twice a week since 2014 as a special correspondent. It's expected that Strahan will begin his new job at GMA in September and exit Live over the summer. "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,” Strahan said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter at the time. "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." It would later emerge that Ripa only found out about Strahan's plans minutes before the news broke, in a morning meeting after that day's Live.
Wednesday, April 20: Ripa is unexpectedly missing from that day's Live, with Ana Gasteyer serving as guest co-host. Strahan simply said Ripa was "off today," but it would later emerge that this would be the first of a couple of days off Ripa would take, in addition to a planned long weekend, to process the news. Meanwhile, Strahan poked fun at the level of coverage his move received, saying, "I was reading some stuff, and it sounded like I died. I'm like, 'It's not a eulogy, people.' " He then thanked everyone who had watched the show in the four years since he was named as Ripa's full-time co-host, as well as the Live family. He also indicated that he wouldn't rule out an occasional Live return after he leaves for his full-time GMA job in September. "I'm always available to guest co-host if I get a call because I consider myself to be a part of this family forever," he said.
Thursday, April 21-Monday, April 25: Erin Andrews and Shay Mitchell fill in for Ripa on Live, as an ABC representative tells THR that the co-host won't return to the daytime show that week, as she's taking a couple of days off in addition to a planned vacation on Friday and Monday to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary to husband Mark Consuelos. Meanwhile, rumors swirl about her reaction to Strahan's news.
Friday, April 22: In an email sent to the Live staff late Friday night, Ripa says she'll return the following Tuesday and explains that she took extra time off to process the news of Strahan's move. "I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information," she wrote. "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."
Tuesday, April 26: Ripa returns to Live, joking, "Our long national nightmare is over! I'm fairly certain there are trained professional snipers with tranquilizer darts in case I drift too far off message."
"I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts," she said, explaining her absence. "After 26 years with this company, I earned the right."
"In that time, I gained some perspective," she continued. "I always speak from the heart. I didn't want to come out here and just say something I regret. What transpired, though, over the course of a few days, has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace."
She went on: "I don't consider this just a workplace. This is my second home. This is a place I have devoted myself to, not just because of you, our loyal viewers, but because of all of the producers and the crew who work on this show. We have an incredible team. We are incredibly devoted to one another. We are family. Apologies have been made. The best thing to come out of all of this, guys, is that our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority."
She congratulated Strahan: "I am thrilled for Michael. I am thrilled for you. This is a tremendous opportunity. I and we couldn't be prouder of you and everything we accomplished together."
And then she urged people to get back to business and gave the audience some perspective. "Back to the show, this is entertainment, it's supposed to be entertaining. Let's get back to what we do best and start the show," she said. "My dad, who was a bus driver for 30 years, thinks we're all crazy. I think he's right."
Tuesday, April 26: But shortly after Ripa made her highly anticipated return, news breaks that Strahan's last day had been moved up to May 13. He had been expected to stay with Live through the summer before joining GMA in the fall. With Strahan leaving earlier, Live producers can start looking for a replacement over the summer, and the former New York Giants star can take a bit of a break before beginning his new gig at GMA.
Monday, May 2: Ripa and Strahan celebrate winning a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding entertainment talk show hosts. Although they don't attend the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night, they each carry an Emmy as they walk out on Monday's Live. As they place their trophies on the table, Ripa jokes, "What did you all do last night?" As they expressed their gratitude at receiving the awards, clinking the trophies together in a mock toast, Ripa indicates they weren't present for the ceremony because it was in L.A. Ripa also joked that perhaps not attending the show was good luck, recalling the many times she attended the show and lost the awards for which she was nominated.
Friday, May 13: Strahan co-hosts his last episode of Live! With Kelly and Michael. The hour features several clips of his and Ripa's memorable moments together during his four years with Live. At the end of the show, Ripa gives him a few things to remember the show by and wishes him the best at GMA. "I just want to say, on behalf of myself and all of us, we couldn't be prouder of you," she says. "We've achieved so much together, and I look forward to watching you every morning and seeing what else you achieve over at Good Morning America." Strahan adds, "This is very bittersweet for me. I just want to say thank you to everybody."