Friday, May 13, 2016

Kelly Ripa Contradicted Her Own Teachable Moment.

In the last three weeks of Michael Strahan's tenure on the show, Kelly Ripa didn't hesitate to take sly digs and pop shots at her co-host.

This isn't about professional conduct and respect because the stuff Kelly was doing with her snide remarks isn't professional. Her behavior contradicts her own point about work place conduct.

Clearly the relationship between her and Michael broke down badly but Regis did the EXACT SAME THING and she didn't flip out nearly as much:

Philbin has been cryptic about his reasons, but even at age 80 after over 56 years on TV in L.A. and New York, he has repeatedly insisted he is not retiring. He also has said how much he has enjoyed the show he has done since 1988 (first with Kathie Lee Gifford and since 2001 with Kelly Ripa).

Some said Philbin was finally tired of the daily grind, the early hours and wanted an easier life.

After he said he would leave in early 2011, there were a flurry of stories that said Philbin had balked when told Disney wanted to lower his compensation, which under a contract negotiated in 2008 is reportedly about $21 million a year. That contract also was very restrictive in term of what he could do outside of the show.

Philbin denied it was over salary and said they had never even reached the point of a salary negotiation.

He still isn’t going into detail, but several sources tell THR it was actually a combination of the two factors.

Philbin had apparently been thinking of taking it easier for some time. His show schedule requires him to get up in the wee hours of the morning, and makes living a normal life difficult since he has to go to bed early.

Then when his agent at the time Jim Griffin went in to talk to Disney, sources say he was told the syndication business was soft and the show wasn’t pulling as big numbers as it had. They also apparently brought up how much time Philbin takes off each year.

The bottom line was what mattered, however: It was still a success, but not as big a success, so sources said they were still willing to pay him a lot, but not as much as he had been getting.

Disney officially declined comment on this article and off the record sources said Philbin made clear he wasn’t fired.

Philbin did, however, feel slighted by being asked to take a pay cut. That appears to have triggered his decision to quit the show and seek other options in show biz. He has said in interviews they never got to a discussion of salary specifics, which seems to be true, because he walked when they said it would be for less.

Not long after it became public and irreversible, Philbin fired his longtime agent and signed with the William Morris Endeavor talent agency for representation.

Now peep what happened when he told kelly about 15 MINUTES before they walked out on stage for the show:

His move, according to the website, left co-host Kelly Ripa stunned and the production team furious.

The decision to leave came after Philbin's agent Jim Griffin was told the veteran would have to take a pay cut in his new contract because of the show's dipping ratings and the large amount of vacation time he took.

It's unclear when he made the decision to call it quits, but TMZ reported that he let Ripa, his co-host of almost a decade, know about 15 minutes before they went on the air. He told the studio audience shortly after.

"She felt it showed a total lack of respect for her," a source told the website.

The former soap opera star was much more gracious in a statement shortly after the announcement.

"While I realize that nothing is forever, still I had always hoped there would be an exception," Ripa told the Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "I can't overstate what Regis has brought to the table."

Now understand something...Regis and Kelly had been doing that show together for TEN YEARS! 2001–11: Live! with Regis and Kelly. And Regis didn't tell Kelly shit until literally minutes before a live show even though he had sat next to her for TEN YEARS. Early on she would call him "my big man"and he would call her "Pippa" they would act lovey dovey, laugh together, interested in each others family...all of that and yet Reeg goes I QUIT 15 minutes before show time after ten years together. So clearly that relationship broke down at some point if Reeg felt the need to keep his cards that close to his chest with her.

So now we see a REPLAY of the same thing happen with Michael...They started off lovey dovey but at some point there was a breakdown.

When you look at it, Michael gave 4 month notice when he announced he was leaving. They told her when the deal was cleared, where they (management) MAY HAVE messed up was that it was in the news literally 30 minutes after she was told but that shouldn't matter really. Up to the point in the actual meeting the public wasn't aware of he was leaving. Check the timeline:

An insider who has spoken to Ripa opened up to the New York Times about what exactly happened in that meeting in a new story published Thursday, April 21.

As the hullabaloo continues, the insider told the Times that Ripa was "told of the move just minutes before the announcement,"and "felt blindsided." Us Weekly breaks down the newspaper's timeline of what exactly went down on Tuesday along with inside scoop from our own sources.

The paper said Ripa was called into a meeting after the show ended on Tuesday. She was joined by Live's executive producer, Michael Gelman, and Dave Davis, the general manager of WABC, which produces Live. "She did not know the purpose of the meeting," the insider told the Times.

Strahan Tells Ripa

Ripa, who was evidently in the dark about Strahan's departure, waited for 20 minutes in the meeting. Finally, the former NFL player entered the room. He then "broke the news that he was leaving."

A source tells Us Weekly that Strahan "wanted to be in the room" with Ripa when she learned about his departure. "Of course he respects and cares about Kelly," the insider says.

According to the Times insider, Ripa got upset with Davis at the meeting. "Didn’t I tell you this was going to happen?" she was quoted as saying to the WABC exec. "I told you two years ago this was going to happen." (Strahan started appearing on GMA twice a week in 2014.)

The Times also reported that Ripa made "little attempt to conceal her displeasure." A source adds to Us Weekly that Ripa was "definitely blindsided by the Michael news" and saw it as a "huge sign of disrespect" that nobody had told her.

Another source tells Us that Ripa's reaction was "totally unexpected." A third source adds that Ripa "stormed out" after "a lot of drama happened."

The word blindsided keeps getting used over and over but blindsided by WHAT??

For nearly four years, Ripa and Strahan have been lauded for their on-air chemistry — a lighthearted rapport that led to a 9 percent rise in the show’s ratings. But off-air, sources say, the two hosts were frosty: Ripa resented Strahan’s lack of devotion to the series and his rising star; Strahan was sick of being Ripa’s lesser-paid sidekick.

A show insider says Strahan — who reportedly raked in $4 million as the show’s co-host in 2012 — merely used the program as a steppingstone and quickly became a diva.

He would show up late to screenings, regularly bring his entourage to set, and made the crew stop everything twice a week during pretapings for him to get a haircut at the studio. (A source close to Strahan says the haircuts were approved by “Live” executive producer Michael Gelman.)

While Strahan was as charismatic as could be on camera, one media honcho says, “when he doesn’t need to be on, he shuts down and can be selfish.”

Leading up to last year’s Halloween episode, Strahan was so difficult that “the producers brought in an audience for one of the pretaped segments so he would behave,” says the show insider.

Strahan often butted heads with Gelman. A few years ago, Strahan screamed so loudly at Gelman over a show-related disagreement that one of the producers hid under a staircase because they were “terrified and disturbed,” says the show insider.

Okay if any of that is true in the least then Michael's behavior has been horrible for a least two of the four years he's been on the show. If that's the case plus she had a hunch he wasn't going stay with the show long term...THEN HOW THE HELL IS SHE BLINDSIDED by news of him leaving?? And mind you at the time of that meeting SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER THE PUBLIC WAS INFORMED OR NOT! Remember reports say she flipped out during the meeting. As far as she knows this is just news for her told literally 20 minutes after they taped a show. So basically:
  • They stopped liking each other for a least a year up to this point and stopped talking to each other other than to do the show.
  • She suspects he may the leave the show because ABC is sniffing around.
  • She's not aware that anyone else like the public knows about his leaving at the time they tell her.
  • He says his last day is in September a full FOUR MONTH ahead.
Considering the environment and condition of their relationship at that time, Michael gave her 4 month notice and told her not long after the deal was made. So how is any of this a surprise for her?? If anything she should have been okay with this nightmare of a person leaving.

And considering her behavior towards him now, why would he tell her during the negotiations with ABC?? And quite frankly his decision to consider taking a job offer is none of her business especially during the contract phase of negotiations. Major changes can happen at the drop of a dime in that industry, she knows that.

And the People article where she says she basically sped up Mike's departure because they have to make preparations for choosing a new co-host is bullshit too. They do 5 shows but they work 4 days because the Friday show is usually taped on Thursday. Under that schedule Mike could have done say Wednesday and Thursday doing 3 shows and the co-host tryouts could have done on Monday and Tuesday over the summer and just before mikes last week a co-host could have been chosen and that Monday after Mike's last day the new person comes in. If Kelly really wanted to be professional about it she would have kept cool and did the show and all of this drama would have been avoided.

I think the freak out happened because not only is she personally angry with Mike (because all that attitude and shit is personal) but because she was also scared that ABC might mess with her show in order to bolster GMA's ratings. And for a middling actress who works a few hours four days a week, pre-production is probably 2 hours, the show itself is an hour and post production notes and meetings probably 2 or 3 hours after taping..that's 5, 6 hours a day for four days a week...that's PART TIME JOB HOURS and for that she gets paid between 15 and 20 million, yeah I'd be throwing out all kinds of shit at the ABC execs for threatening that gig if I was her. So in that regard I don't blame her.

But how she's acted in the show toward Michael in the last three weeks was uncalled for and decidedly not professional at all.


Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan Found 'Peace' Before His Controversial 'Live!' Exit

After four years, the 44-year-old former NFL star left the show on Friday, and while Ripa, 45, appeared to harbor some hurt feelings over the ordeal -- she was spotted wearing a "Freedom" jacket before his final show -- sources tell ET the two resolved their issues with each other.

"Kelly realized her issue wasn't really with Michael, but the network," sources tell ET, noting the "chill" between the co-hosts has definitely thawed over the past week. "Are they best friends? No. But there definitely is some peace."

There "wasn't a big conversation or 'Kumbaya moment,'" the source explains, but simply Ripa "reflecting and having a realization that he had a choice to make and business to take care of. That being said, she's still angry over being disrespected by the bosses."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Blind Side 2: Drama on the set of Live! with Kelly and Michael

On Wednesday evening, new information emerged about the ABC morning shakeup announced on Tuesday—that Michael Strahan will leave Live for Good Morning America—and the ensuing fallout. According to previous reports, Kelly Ripa, the network's 15-year morning fixture, was only informed of her co-host’s departure minutes before press releases went out to media. By all accounts, Ripa was understandably outraged that her employer did not give her more notice about such a significant programming change—but for different reasons then previously speculated.

The New York Times reports that Ripa had expressed concerns to ABC about Strahan’s involvement with Good Morning America when the former football player began appearing as an on-air correspondent two years ago.

“Ms. Ripa was worried it would distract him from Live but was reassured it would only be a temporary position,” the New York Times reports. When Strahan broke the news to Ripa, in a meeting with the show's producer Michael Gelman and WABC general manager Dave Davis on Tuesday morning, Ripa is said to have erupted.

“Didn’t I tell you this was going to happen?” Ripa said to Davis, according the NYT’s inside source. “I told you two years ago this was going to happen.”

Despite ABC’s blatant misfire, various sources have popped up in the past 24 hours to accuse Ripa—the one person who was in the dark about these behind-the-scenes proceedings—of overreacting to the news, a disturbingly sexist spin on the story.

“She went crazy,” a source told People. "[L]ike a lunatic. Crazy.” Another insider told E!, “She was livid. It wasn't pretty.” Page Six piles on, “There’s been a total Ripa meltdown.”

Another insider from Page Six suggests that Ripa was so volatile that she could not control her own emotions, and that is why she did not go on-air Wednesday. “Kelly didn’t want to show up to work and mouth off and say something she would have regretted,” the insider says. “She is upset and didn’t want to take it out on her own staff.”

A source at People counters, “She's dedicated everything to the program, it was the primary focus in her career, she has been dedicated to maintaining the show for both the staff and viewers—and then all of a sudden the entire program is changed without them being decent enough to give her any notice.”

While some claim Ripa is already considering replacements—like Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen—CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter suggests otherwise.

“My understanding is that her agent and manager are flying in to meet with her today to talk about next steps,” Stelter told E!. “It's clear this is a botched transition by ABC. [...] I'm sure other networks would love a chance to talk with Kelly and have before.”

People adds that Ripa is currently on her way to Turks and Caicos for a previously-planned vacation with her family that, because of the Strahan bombshell, the Live host decided to start early.


Will network executives ever get a job transition executed correctly and drama-free?

This is as bad as the two times NBC whiffed transitioning new talent at the Tonight Show, first replacing iconic Johnny Carson with Jay Leno then some 20 years later replace Leno with Conan O'Brian. ABC did in fact handle the situation completely wrong and what's worse is they least Michael Strahan totally exposed to the fall out in the process.

On a professional level, Kelly has legitimate concerns for how the show has been treated by ABC. What was suppose to be a scheduled vacation now seems to be an impromptu boycott of sorts that could be used to damage her soon to be former co-host. And Kelly has some leverage here. Live! dominates its slot in daytime programming and while Strahan can be credited with doing his share of making the show a big success in his tenure there, Kelly has been with the show for a significant time including hosting it solo for almost two years so a case can be made that Kelly Ripa is, for all intents and purposes, the driving force of a very popular and long running program.

That means that her wounded and shocked response plus the extended absence makes Michael the bad guy. Something that could damage his image going into GMA full time. And while that won't kill his career or do lasting damage to Good Morning America it could affect the ratings bump his presence is supposed to bring to the show in the fall. Expect to see Michael in damage control mode when Kelly gets back and publicly apologizing to her.

On a personal level, Kelly has a right to be hurt because she invested wholeheartedly in bringing Michael into the show. Quite frankly from my observation the chemistry between them was so good and easy and intimate that I started to suspect there was something more early on when he started.

They seemed to be too into each other:

Daddy's home?... Seriously?

Mike got the job in September of 2012 and in the first 6 months...

His first day on the job he gets a prolonged hug...

and kiss on the mouth from kelly..which is a bit over the top considering its just a co-hosting job. 

They walk onto the show holding hand and fingers interlocked something thats generally reserved for lovers...

most famously shown by Spike Lee...

They got nekkid together... 

then got in bed together...

After exercising kelly spontaneously (and comfortably) rolls over, pushes her ass on him..and they spoon. 

Mike looks a little TOO happy...

Somehow they come up with a reason for Mike to lift Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly.

They were constantly taking promo pics like they're a loving romantic couple...

oops forgot this one...Kelly shows her pole dancing skill and Mike volunteers to be the "pole".

Its all just chemistry and innocent right??

Its been reported that Kelly was "livid" about the news and how it was delivered. Considering how well they worked together it's understandable why she went ballistic. Even though they're all on the same network team, at this point its safe to assume that Kelly has no problem sending Michael over to GMA as damaged goods even if the dirtying effect is temporary.  

Mike's new job starts in the fall but the next four months are going to very interesting viewing watching how this transition plays out. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Could sports use an upgrade with lights and sensors tech on the athletes & field?

ABC sports is now broadcasting prime time game match ups where the 3 point line lights up when someone takes a shot from there. But thats an in camera effect for tv audiences meaning if you were sitting in the stadium you won't see that. Much like how NFL games are broadcast with highlight lines.

Vox has a youtube vid explaining how it works thats fascinating

But lets take it a few steps further and make it so that those lit up lines and marks actually on the field rather than just a TV effect.

With advances in fiber optic and LED technology and the stuff used to make glow sticks applied to the field and courts of sports games its really not that far fetched to see parts of the field of play lighting up and indicting information.

Along with sensor tech (which is not that far away in tech terms) it will be possible in the very near future for sports to have all kinds of real time accurate calls and visual indications that you can witness in the stadium.


Imagine going to a football game and seeing the yard lines, numbers and hashmarks light up with every step the player advancing the ball makes. Or the end zone and goalposts lighting up and bursting into a celebratory display when a touchdown or field goal is made.

How about putting sensors on the ball so that its indicated when a first down is made or a fumble happens. Maybe the ball itself changes color to indicate a touchdown or fumble.

Sensors on the players (thin like band-aids stuck to exposed skin or padding and shoes) so that when a foot goes out of bounds or knee touches the ground its immediately indicated on the field in real time in the stadium. Not a TV effect a REAL EFFECT. Would that enhance the game or take away from it?

I think Football would be the best sport to introduce that level of technology and those fans would be the most receptive.


- The ball has sensors and when hit glows so that the hit looks like a tracer round shooting from the bat.
- An actual consistent strike box.
- The foul lines and pole lights up and maybe changes color to indicate a fair or foul ball (maybe the ball changes color as well)
- the bases light up when tagged..because there would be sensors in the shoes, gloves and on the players if theyre safe the base is green if their tagged out the base turns red so that close plays are easier to determine.

- homeruns would have the wall the sailed over light up.

This sport would probably have the most resistance to sensors since it would slow the game down big time.

- Sensor in the ball and on the players shoes and certain parts of their body (MAYBE) to indicate fouls like handchecks, traveling, picking up the pivot foot and such.
- light up  foul area and half court line, end lines sidelines for violations.
- 3 point line light up

The biggest issue I see players having is the touch fouls and noncalls they usually get like walking.

As egregious as this happens ALL THE TIME whether refs are turning a blind eye or genuinely missing it. With sensors on the shoes, ball and court that would NEVER happen. BUT it would slow the game down tremendously as players are lazy and many really do lack fundamentals. Either the league would have to relax the rules or there will be stoppage of play every 3 minutes.

Fans and players would HATE sensors in the NBA.


Night time golf is kind of there but doesn't go far enough in my opinion.

The ball glows so looks like a neat tracer shot and the course is lit up with glow sticks. But in my version using fiber optics the whole damn course be illuminated like the forest on Pandora in Avatar.

Where the trees, plants and even the various field of grass and greens glows. Now THATS a golf course!

- Sensor in the ball and cups
- GPS tech in the ball to make it easier to locate


- Sensors in gloves and beltline and cup
- clear sensors on certain strike points on the body and head to more accurately determine hits even going down to pressure exerted per hit.

- certainly sensors in headgear in Olympic competition and amateur level.

what other sports would you see using live tech on the field and how??

How would Hockey, Soccer and Racing work with it and would it be accepted by those fans?