Michael Strahan Exits ‘Live’ Today

Strahan was initially supposed to work through the summer, but his departure was moved up. The former football star began on Live with Kelly & Michael in 2012, replacing Regis Philbin.

Ripa Wants Cooper, ABC Not So Sure

Kelly Ripa would like Anderson Cooper to replace Michael Strahan, but her bosses at ABC aren’t ready to go there yet. The two sides are jockeying for control over the successor to Strahan, the former NFL who is leaving Friday for a new role at Good Morning America.

Cedric, David Muir To Guest Co-Host ‘Live’

Michael Strahan’s ‘Live’ Exit Moved Up To May

News that Strahan would leave on May 13 came from a Live with Kelly & Michael spokesperson on Tuesday just hours after Ripa returned to the syndicated talk show after taking time off to “gather (her) thoughts” in response to learning last week that Strahan would be leaving for full-time duties on Good Morning America.

Strahan Apologized To Ripa For ‘Live’ Misfire

Kelly Ripa, star of ABC’s syndicated morning chat show Live with Kelly and Michael, is due to return to the program Tuesday after sitting out most of last week. She was said to be upset that she was kept out of the loop for the network’s plan to switch co-host Michael Strahan to Good Morning America later this year. On Friday, staffers received an email from Ripa saying that she would come back to work on Tuesday. In the meantime, she got apologies from Strahan and ABC boss Ben Sherwood, among others, for how the GMA affair was handled and for not telling her sooner.

Kelly Ripa Says She’ll Be Back At Work Tues.

Kelly Ripa promises to be back to work on Tuesday. Ripa went MIA from Live with Kelly & Michael after learning last Tuesday that her co-host Michael Strahan would be leaving the show in September to join Good Morning America full time. “I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information,” Ripa said in an email to Live staff late Friday.

ANALYSIS

ABC’s Morning Melodrama Just Won’t End

Will Kelly Ripa return to Live? How can ABC smooth relations between her and Michael Strahan before he heads to GMA? Whatever, everyone on screen is smiling as deliriously as possible.

Ripa Will Miss At Least Next 3 Days Of ‘Live’

Kelly Ripa’s unexplained absence came amid published reports that she felt blindsided and angered by co-host Michael Strahan’s departure to join Good Morning America fulltime. She hasn’t said that herself, and her spokeswoman, Lauren Auslander, did not immediately return messages inquiring about Ripa’s whereabouts.

Ripa A No-Show After Strahan Announces Exit

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Ripa was absent from her syndicated daytime talk show Wednesday, the day after it was announced that co-host Michael Strahan was leaving to join Good Morning America full-time. The show’s spokeswoman, Barbara Warren, said that Ripa had a day off. She was replaced on Live with Kelly & Michael by […]

Michael Strahan Leaving ‘Live’ For ‘GMA’

The syndicated Live With Kelly And Michael is losing Michael Strahan to a fulltime slot on ABC’s Good Morning America starting in September. Strahan has worked a couple of days a week at GMA for the past two years, but he always has to leave midway through to head to the Live studio on Manhattan’s upper West Side. He’s joining the show’s regular cast of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Logan, Amy Robach and Ginger Zee.

Renewals For ‘Kelly & Michael,’ ‘Millionaire’

Live is good through 2019-20 on the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, while Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is extended through 2016-17 on the majority of ABC Owned Stations.

What’s Hot And What’s Not In Syndication

New talk show The Real is doing well with younger women but Meredith Vieira is struggling, as did prior shows starring former Today co-hosts.

Obama To Appear On ‘Live with Kelly & Michael’

WEEKLY SYNDICATED RATINGS REPORT

Judge Judy’s 18th Season Posts Strong Debut

Judge Judy experiences 13% increase over last year’s debut, and was the week’s highest rated syndicated show in the week ending Sept. 15. Talk shows also continued to post strong ratings. Dr. Phil was No. 1 in households with a 12% bump over last year. Live with Kelly & Michael was up 13%.

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WLS Drops 11 A.M. News For ‘Windy City Live’

Chicago’s top-rated television station is dropping its 11 a.m. Monday-through-Friday newscast after more than 20 years this fall and replacing it with the locally produced Windy City, which has been airing at 9 a.m. Windy City is being dislodged from the 9 a.m. slot by Live with Kelly and Michael, which has been airing on Tribune’s WGN. Like WLS, Live is owned by Disney/ABC.

Oprah: Kelly And Michael Are Talk Show Royalty

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have a daily talk show anymore. But two years after abdicating her throne, the former talk-show queen is clear who she thinks now wear the crowns: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. Winfrey declared the co-hosts “the reigning king and queen” during a surprise appearance on Tuesday’s “Live with […]

WEEKLY SYNDICATED RATINGS ROUNDUP

‘Live’ Scores A Touchdown With Strahan

Live with Kelly and Michael takes the talk show crown in the week ending Sept. 9, the show’s highest season premiere in nine years.