It looks like it might just be the end of an era for morning talk shows - and a lot earlier than expected.
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You've likely heard the news that Michael Strahan surprised Kelly Ripa by announcing that he will be leaving Live! to permanently transition to Good Morning America. The newest development is that the exit - of one of the cohosts - might come sooner than expected.
"I don't believe that co-hosting together is a viable option anymore," a source revealed to People. "Anything is possible, but that doesn't seem like a viable option. Practically, it's a different dynamic now."
The two were openly heralded for their chemistry, so if that goes away, it might not be good news for the highly rated show.
Ripa didn't go to the studio on Wednesday after she left Tuesday feeling "hurt and betrayed" by the way both management and Strahan treated her. She had previously been planning to take Thursday, Friday, and Monday off so that she could go on vacation with her husband, Mark Consuelos, to celebrate their anniversary in Turks & Caicos. That trip was cancelled.
"Michael has called her and reached out to her and texted her, and she is not acknowledging him," a second source said. Ripa also went "radio silent" when it comes to talk to management. She also has communicated when - or if - she will be coming back to the show.
"Nobody knows if she will return to work Tuesday or not, and the people are very nervous. They're flying blind," says the second source. "The longer she stays silent the more concerned they get."
The first source claims that Ripa is being deliberate in her choices.
"She wanted to take a step back right now," says the source. "She's not saying anything because she wants to take the time to think about it. There's stuff the network has to demonstrate to her as well insofar as their commitment to the show. She and Michael always had a decent relationship. Her issue here is with the management's actions."
As for what Strahan has to say about the whole situation, there is a chance that he will bow out early. However, "a conversation that has not been had yet. He is a professional guy. He is showing up for his job. He does this to be professional. He's holding the show together."
The rest of what happens is up to her.
"She has to decide whether she can sit there with Michael again. It doesn't seem like that's going to be something possible. But she's trying to make a smart decision not a rash decision."
According to the source that knows Strahan, "Nothing is changing until everyone finds out for some reason that Kelly is not coming Tuesday. Then that's a whole other conversation. It's business as usual for Michael. He's not getting in the way of her coming back. ... He wants her to come back."
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Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (9 a.m. ET) on ABC