Sitting in the news room here at DListed is like being the news liason for the White House. I’ve got a headset on listening to intel while I scroll through decoded documents and incoming spy reports. When something big comes in, man, oh man, it’s red alert and there’s a lot of shouting. We’re at a shout level 9 right now because it’s come in that Kelly Ripa will return to Live! With Kelly and Michael after all. Allison briefed you on what was happening and speculation yesterday, but now we have word of an update to this harrowing situation.
People is reporting that despite the rumors that Kelly would not return to Live! after it was announced that her co-host, Michael Strahan, would be leaving the show to join ABC’s morning prize pig, Good Morning America, in September, she’ll be back Tuesday. Kelly was reportedly furious that the announcement was made on air without having been told in advance that she went radio silent while on vacation with her family. I can only imagine the alcohol soaked FaceTime calls she and bff Andy Cohen have been having. Mostly I’m just seeing him saying over and over, “Yes, girl, you were wronged, girl. Girl, come on Watch What Happens, girl, and I can get an exclusive, I mean, we can get your side out, girl. Girl.” But, Kelly sent an email to staff about her return and Michael’s departure late Friday night:
Sorry for this late Friday night email. I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information. Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning. Love, Kelly.
TMZ is also saying that Kelly’s people met with Disney – or as they put it, “jawboned it with Disney.” What the fuck is jawboning?
She’s extended the family vacation she’s on, having not showed up on Wednesday and Thursday, which leads me to believe she’s setting into motion some long-con Revenge type situation. She might be blonde, but I don’t see her being the Emily Thorne, no, this is going to be some Victoria Grayson shit. Come Tuesday, she’ll be on air sitting in THIS chair. Michael, Gelman, ABC, watch the fuck out!