Kelly Ripa No-Shows Live; Will She Ever Return?

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As previously reported, Michael Strahan will be leaving Live! in September and making his way over to Good Morning America as a full-time correspondent.

But might co-host Kelly Ripa actually beat Strahan out the door?

Kelly and Michael

Multiple outlets confirm that Ripa was blindsided by the news of Strahan's departure.

She didn't learn he was accepting another job until right around the time Disney (which owns ABC) announced it to the public on Tuesday morning, sending Ripa into an outrage.

In response - and in a form of protest against how she was treated - Ripa did not show up for work today.

As a result, Strahan was awkwardly formed to announce his career move alongside guest host Ana Gasteyer.

"Kelly told ABC she wasn't coming in last night," a source tells People Magazine. "They don't know yet when she'll be back."

The show has been performing very well for ABC at 9 a.m., but there's talk that Good Morning America may expand to a third hour and give Live! the bump, either to an earlier timeslot... or off the air completely.

It's unclear what Ripa will do at this point.

No one knows when or if she'll return to the program she has co-anchored since 2002.

Strahan, meanwhile, joined Ripa on the morning talk show in 2012.

He waited until the very end of today's episode to address her, likely at the behest of producers after they received complaints.

"I really want to thank of course Kelly Ripa because Kelly welcomed me here and I’ve learned so much from her," he said on air.

"She’s been an amazing influence on me and it has truly changed my life to be here with her. I know that the show will continue to be strong and great because of Kelly and Michael Gelman and the staff here. Everybody is so talented and this show has not been around for over 30 years by mistake…

"Kelly, I thank you and I love you and everyone else here at Live.”

The only question that now remains is which was more lame:

Strahan being gifted the single-season sack record when Brett Favre took a dive... or Strahan bailing on Ripa without any warning?

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