Shortly after Michael Strahan announced that he was taking the Michael out of Live! with Kelly and Michael and taking it over to Good Morning America, there were whispers that ABC had already drafted up a short list of replacements for him. Two names that were being thrown around were Anderson Cooper and Neil Patrick Harris, because I guess ABC was really feeling the idea of replacing Michael with a blue-eyed gay dreamboat.
But it sounds like ABC might want to think about throwing some lady names on that list too, because there could be a chance they’ll be replacing Kelly Ripa as well. A source tells UsWeekly that Kelly really wants Michael to be replaced by either Anderson Cooper (whose book she was not-so-subtly seen carrying around yesterday) or Andy Cohen. The source claims that if ABC doesn’t hire one Kelly’s choices to sit beside her, she’s thinking about leaving. And not in the “Bye bitches, see you in a couple days” way either. According to said source, Kelly is still a little pissed about the way things were handled with Michael that she’s ready to put in her permanent walking papers unless she gets her way. But wait, Kelly told us yesterday that everything is fine! I just don’t know what to believe anymore.
Kelly isn’t exactly reaching for a box to pack up her things just yet. ABC is still deciding who they want. They’re also apparently adding more names to the list. According to UsWeekly, they’re also considering Jerry O’Connell. But it doesn’t look good for Kelly. Anderson is currently busy covering the election, and Andy is under contract with Bravo for Watch What Happens Live. I guess if Kelly does end up quitting, that would give Disney a good excuse to pull the plug on Live! and give GMA that third hour they’ve been rumored to be looking at. Hmmm…how convenient for you, Disney.
I understand wanting to work with your friends, but this is all a tad dramatic. Would it honestly be so unbearable to make morning show small talk with Neil Patrick Harris while your bank account gets stuffed with millions of dollars? Hell, if the price was right, I’m sure NPH would throw a little silver in his hair if that’s what will do it for Kelly.
Kelly Ripa Makes Her Triumphant Return To Live! And Gave A Sermon About Respect In The Workplace (UPDATE)
Everyone can pull off their veils, get up from their knees and snuff out their prayin’ candles, because the sun is shining again now that Kelly Ripa has bravely returned to the job that pays her $15 million+ a year. God is great!
Kelly Ripa went back to work at Live! with Kelly and Michael this morning after she took a little time off to deal with Disney and her co-host of 4 years Michael Strahan doing her dirty. Kelly felt disrespected when ABC and Michael didn’t tell her beforehand that he’s leaving the show she’s been on FOREVER to do Good Morning America full-time. There were also rumors that ABC doesn’t really care about Live!, even though it’s the second highest-rated syndicated morning show, and want to push it aside to make way for an extra hour of GMA. Kelly got into those rumors as well as the rumors that she and Michael hate each other’s faces so, so much.
When Michael Strahan announced that he was leaving Live! with Kelly and Michael for Good Morning America on Tuesday, it didn’t go down nearly as drama-free as he probably thought it would. Michael’s Live! co-host Kelly Ripa was reportedly “blindsided” with the news that he was quitting, which was maybe the reason why she was a no-show for work the next day. Kelly is currently on vacation with her family (a vacation that was reportedly booked before all this messy morning show drama happened), and is supposed to be back on Tuesday. But it sounds like as long as Michael keeps showing up to work, she won’t be.
People is saying that the expiry date on Kelly and Michael’s co-hosting days has passed, and they’re probably never going to work together again. According to a source, it’s a different dynamic now and that Kelly and Michael co-hosting Live! together isn’t really a “viable option” anymore. Word is that Kelly and Michael barely tolerated each other’s asses before all this went down, so it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Kelly probably hates Michael even more now. If the rumor that Kelly can’t quit because she needs that Live! paycheck for her fancy life is true, she’ll eventually have to go back to work. But when that will be is anyone’s guess.
Kelly is scheduled to return on Tuesday, but no one can get a confirmation on that, because apparently Kelly isn’t returning calls from management. She also isn’t returning any calls or texts from Michael Strahan, but that’s not exactly a shock.
The source goes on to add that there is a chance Kelly could end up crawling back into her co-host chair next to Michael’s, because “anything is possible.” Honestly, I think there’s a better chance of Kelly co-hosting Live! with that jug of moonshine from Broad City than with Michael again. Actually, I would totally watch that. Someone tell Gelman to start sewing a little suit for that jug.
Just hours after everyone found out that Disney and her co-host of 4 years Michael Strahan didn’t tell her about him leaving their morning show for Good Morning America before announcing it to the world, Kelly Ripa strut out of her townhouse while making sure that the paps got a good shot of the book in her hand. The book was David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, and yeah, I don’t have to really explain what it’s about. But you know, I think that move was a little too subtle. I don’t think everyone got it. Kelly’s hot pocket piece husband Mark Consuelos should’ve dragged out a giant wooden cross with her nailed to it, and as streams of blood (read: grenadine) trickled down her face from the crown of thorns on her head, an actor in a Mickey Mouse costume and another one wearing a Michael Strahan mask should’ve taken turns whipping her. Or she should’ve just come out dressed like Joan of Arc with a Mickey Mouse head stuck to her sword. We all would’ve gotten the point if she did that.
Nathan Fillion And Stana Katic Were Allegedly Forced Into Couples Counseling By Their “Castle” Bosses
I bet those are the same faces they made when they were told, too. Those looks say, “I’d rather freebase expired battery acid.”
On Monday, the TV show Castle reminded us that it’s still a thing when news broke that Stana Katic was leaving the show after 8 seasons, along with Tamala Jones. ABC gave a wishy-washy reason for why Castle’s wife was out of there (something something saving money?), but sources claimed it was because she couldn’t work another day with that diva Nathan Fillion. But it’s not like they didn’t try. UsWeekly says that the decision makers of Castle were so desperate to make it work between Stana and Nathan, that they made them go to couples counseling. You know shit is bad when you’re going to therapy to save your pretend marriage.
Not since the dramatic ousting of Ann Curry has there been an all-caps, bold-faced ESCANDALO that is rocking the boring morning show world. It’s times like these when I wish that I was a stay-at-home daddy. Because if I was, I’d be passing around a sippy cup full of a screwdriver with the other stay-at-homers at the playground as we kiki about this mess and I scream, “Walk it off, shit, I’m busy,” at my kid as they complain about breaking a leg from falling off of the jungle gym.
Back in February, sometime singer/current engaged person Ciara (seen moments before she redefined the word petty by refusing to say her ex’s name while announcing the Billboard nominees in the picture above) whipped a defamation lawsuit at the father of her baby and former fiance, Future. Ciara claimed Future was dragging her name through the mud and publicly accusing her of being a shitty mom to their almost 2-year-old son Future Zahir, and was seeking $15 million. The Jasmine Brand (via TMZ) says Future has responded to Ciara’s lawsuit with a lawsuit of his own. How very daytime soap opera of you, Future.
Future is counter-suing Ciara, claiming that there’s no way he could have damaged her reputation or career because she doesn’t exactly have one anymore. Future refers to Ciara’s last album, Jackie, as a flop, which it sort of was, and brings up the fact that Ciara hasn’t won many awards in the past couple years. Basically what Future is implying is that the only way you could use “hot” in the same sentence as Ciara’s name would be if you were telling the story about a stolen car that had a copy of Goodies in the CD player. He also sort of accuses Ciara of suing him for publicity. Ciara? Publicity? The woman who got engaged on Instagram would never!
Future isn’t asking for nearly as much as Ciara is. He just wants his legal fees paid for and for her to stop talking shit about him. I know the desire for a melodramatic type to go off on their ex after a couple glasses of wine is strong, but maybe Ciara’s goodies will help distract her the next time she wants to publicly slap at Future. “Girl! Hey! Look down here! Remember how we’re one step closer to finally riding on Russell Wilson’s dick? That’s right, put down your phone and go to your happy place, girl.”
Those of us who get the warm fuzzies for some public cheater drama got a real treat last week courtesy of Ho Hall of Fame Legend Karrine “Superhead” Steffans and former Scandal star Columbus Short. Superhead threw Columbus’ alleged cheating ass (as well as most of his clothes) out and documented it on Instagram. And now things have gotten even more dramatic.
A video showing Iggy Azalea’s fiance Nick Young admitting to two-timing her with a 19-year-old was “leaked” onto the internet last week, and the prime suspect quickly became Nick’s fellow Los Angeles Lakers teammate D’Angelo Russell. D’Angelo claims he only recorded it as a prank and that he’s sorry it was made public. As for how it ended up on the internet, that’s still a mystery. I’m sure if you ask the rest of the Lakers, or anyone who booed him at Wednesday night’s game, they’d say that D’Angelo did it. According to Fameolous (via Inquisitr), the real culprit responsible for the leaking is (dramatic music)…Nicki Minaj!
Fameolous alleges that someone from Nicki’s team slipped them the video shortly after Iggy’s appearance on Watch What Happens Live last week. During a game of Plead The Fifth, Iggy was asked about the 2014 BET Awards when Nicki not-so-subtly addressed the rumors that Iggy doesn’t write any of the lyrics that come out of her mouth. Iggy answered that she doesn’t really care because Nicki didn’t name her by name. Iggy added that Nicki’s songs have just as many writing credits as her songs do. She also swatted back a bit by saying “If she writes hers, I believe her too.”
Apparently that was enough for Nicki to scream “Release the hounds! I mean, video. Release the video.” Fameolous claims the video was given to them the next day. However, Gossip Cop is calling bullshit on Fameolous’ story and are adamant Nicki had nothing to do with it.
Hmmm…who to believe, who to believe. Honestly, I feel like leaking a What Would You Do? With John Quinones-looking hidden camera video of Iggy’s fiance isn’t nearly shady enough for a diabolical bitch like Nicki. Nicki seems more like the type who would invite Iggy on stage at a concert, then proceed to hand her a piece of lined paper and a 2B pencil, show her to a desk, and tell her she’s got 60 minutes to write three verses. “And no cheating, Iggy – you can only use real words.”
Very early this morning, the woman at the center of Amber Rose’s vision board and author of one of the most important books in the Smithsonian (don’t tell me Confessions of a Video Vixen isn’t in there), Karrine “Superhead” Steffans posted a picture of her maybe-husband Columbus Short surrounded by his stuff to Instagram with the following caption:
“Somebody come get @officialcshort cheating ass and all his shit. What about you @aida006…still want him? And @candicernb…you fucked my husband…want him?”
Grab your popcorn, the picture is after the cut.