When Kelly Ripa returned to Live! on Tuesday morning, she joked that our nation's long nightmare is finally over.
But that's the case for as long as Ripa works on the program, a new report alleges.
Because she's the one who causes a nightmare for staffers on the show!
Production members close to the ABC program recently told In Touch Weekly that Ripa isn't nearly as happy and as bubbly off scree as she appears to be on screen.
“Kelly is a lot to handle,” an insider told the tabloid. “People are starting to wonder if Kelly is worth all of the drama.”
She must be to ABC, considering multiple outlets have reported over the past several days that Ripa makes as much as $20 million per year.
This is why no one thinks she'll actually quit, despite talk that Ripa only wants to work with two possible new co-hosts.
Even though she takes home so much money, the magazine also claims that Kelly "demands that ABC pay for her wardrobe [and] a new outfit every day, which she gets to keep."
What other types of perks does Ripa supposedly demand?
The former soap opera star expects a "car service to drop her [three] kids off at school every morning," according to this scathing report.
She and her husband are the parents to Michael, 18; Lola, 14 and Joaquin, 13.
This Strahan drama has placed a newfound focus on Ripa and her reputation, but an unnamed producer says Kelly “can be cold and temperamental” at work.
And that this was the case long before she got angry over Strahan leaving her show for Good Morning America.
We've heard for awhile now that Ripa and Strahan don't get along, with this latest article claiming their feud is based on Kelly growing jealous over her co-host's growing fame.
So at least she won't have to worry about any sort of on-set competition for much longer.
After initially announcing he would transition to GMA in September, Strahan confirmed this week that he's instead leaving Live! on Friday, May 13.
However, neither Kelly nor Michael has mentioned this important tidbit on air over the last couple days.
In other words: things are darn awkward over there. It's pretty fascinating to watch.