Kelly Ripa goes after Michael Strahan on live TV
First Michael Strahan shocked co-host Kelly Ripa with news that he’d be leaving “Live!” for a full-time job at “Good Morning America,” Now Ripa has gained strength in creating on-air akward moments for her co-host, daily. Ripa took an on-air swipe Friday at the twice-divorced Strahan.
“There’s a great article in the paper, and I want to get your take on it ’cause I don’t have a take on it, but I want yours,” Ripa said. “So, um, you’ve gotten divorced…”
Strahan, for his part, didn’t appear thrilled as Ripa launched into an explanation of the news story about so-called “bird’s nest” custody arrangements. He blinked, flashed a deer-in-headlights stare at the camera, and stayed silent with a half-smile plastered on his face.
Eventually, he managed a joke.
“We talked about me locking my bedroom doors yesterday,” he said. “If I’m sharing a house with my ex … (and) she can still get in with a key at any point, I’m definitely locking the door.”
The NFL Hall of Famer’s second marriage to Jean Muggli culminated in an acrimonious, highly publicized 2006 divorce after Muggli alleged that he’d cheated on her, abused her and ignored their twin baby girls. He was later engaged to Eddie Murphy’s model ex-wife, Nicole Mitchell, from 2008 to 2014. Michael’s first marriage to Wanda Hutchins ended in 1996 in sharp contrast to the relatively stable domestic fron for his co-host who went to Turks and Caicos last week for a 20th anniversary getaway with her husband, Mark Consuelos.
On set at Live! Kelly (left) and Michael “So, um, you’ve gotten divorced…”
A day earlier, confronted by a wildlife expert holding a screaming armadillo in her face, the daytime TV veteran brought up her contract with the show, set to expire next year.
Ripa tells Peter Gros “I want to take him into contract negotiations with me!”
Her awkward dig came Thursday as wildlife expert Peter Gros held a screeching armadillo up to her face.
Gros had asked said Ripa when she had something in her mouth. “Would you like a napkin?”
A laughing Kelly said “I want to take him into contract negotiations with me!”
Strahan then muttered an awkward “I mean, wow,”
Friday marked the end of a dramatic two weeks at “Live!” that kicked off with Strahan announcing his departure and Ripa apparently throwing a “fit” behind the scenes before taking a few days break from the set
She made a dramatic comeback to the set on on Tuesday, with a sweeping monologue about “respect in the workplace”. A few hours later, the network announced Strahan would be leaving May 13, four months earlier than planned.