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 while..at 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.
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."