According to a new report, Michael’s decision to accept a new position at Good Morning America behind Kelly’s back is not the only issue causing a rift between the two co-hosts.
Sources close to Kelly, 45, tell Page Six the duo “did not get along. It was all for the show.” The insider adds, “They could not stand each other, and whenever they communicated off-camera, it was always through their reps.” Wowzers. They could have fooled me as I and many viewers thought they had genuine chemistry between them!
It seems the stress of hosting GMA! 2 days a week in addition to Hosting Live With Kelly and Michael 5 days a week was getting to Michael, 44. “He was having temper tantrums. He’d lose it, yelling at [Ripa] and [‘Live’ executive producer Michael] Gelman… He acted like he was in a locker room, not a dressing room.”
Another insider goes on to remind us that Kelly played a big role in helping Michael secure his Live! gig. “She got [Strahan] started, he stepped over her without an FYI, and now a nice morning show has become ABC’s newest drama,” snipped the source.
A Michael source however defends him claiming he was under strict orders not to tell anyone about his secret negotiations to move full time to GMA! in September. “They said, ‘Don’t tell her,’ ” the source stated before adding that the claims they don’t talk to each other anymore are not completely accurate. “It’s 100 percent not true that they only talk through their reps. I’ve seen them together chatty a million times. But is there tension? Sure.”
After all is said and done, the million dollar question is now when will Kelly return to the show if she is planning to return at all? Well according to a new report from TMZ, Kelly is planning to return to the morning show on Tuesday following a talk with her Disney bosses. The new report claims Kelly was reassured the show would not be getting the axe even if they decide to add an extra hour to GMA!.
Another point of contention was Michael’s departure. At the moment, he is scheduled to leave the show in September but Kelly would prefer he exit sooner as she finds it awkward for them to host together in light of recent events. That’s an understatement!
So as things stand today, Kelly will return to host with Michael on Tuesday. Talk about must see TV!
TELL US – WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON IN THIS FEUD? TEAM KELLY OR TEAM MICHAEL?