Kelly Ripa was a no-show one day after her Live with Kelly & Michael co-host Michael Strahan announced he was abandoning their popular daytime talk show for a more lucrative contract at ABC's Good Morning America.
“I am leaving this show,” Strahan announced on Tuesday. "I know," he said as the studio audience groaned.
Ripa's unexplained absence on Wednesday led to reports that she is angry at Strahan for not informing her in advance of his plans to leave. And more importantly, she's mad that she isn't going with him.
"Kelly's off today," Strahan announced bluntly this morning. He offered no explanation for her absence.
The Daily Mail reports that ABC sources state Ripa is “refusing to turn up to work,” and she won't return until after Strahan leaves for Good Morning America this week.
A network source told The Daily Beast that Ripa will be off on Friday and was previously scheduled to be off next Monday.