Maury Povich Thinks Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan Are Divas
“Live With Kelly and Michael” hosts have been at odds since Strahan announced move to “Good Morning America”
Joe Otterson | May 3, 2016 @ 8:27 AM
Last Updated: May 3, 2016 @ 8:37 AM
Maury Povich is weighing in on a controversy that for once doesn’t have to do with a paternity test.
Povich gave his two cents on the backstage drama that has erupted between Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa after Strahan abruptly announced that he would leave “Live With Kelly and Michael” to join “Good Morning America.”
“Both of them ought to leave their diva cages and be thankful they have an audience,” Povich said to Fox411. Maybe he can arrange to have them sent to boot camp, where they can be broken down and then built back up.
Ripa was said to be upset that she was kept out of the loop on ABC’s plan to switch Strahan to “Good Morning America.” That switch was originally set to occur in September, but it was bumped up to May in recent weeks.
In the meantime, Ripa has gotten apologies from Strahan and ABC boss Ben Sherwood, among others, for how the “GMA” affair was handled and for not telling her sooner.
Various guests hosts are expected to fill in for Strahan until ABC decides on a permanent co-host. Back when Regis Philbin retired as Ripa’s co-host in 2011, it took 10 months before the network settled on Strahan as a permanent replacement. The rotating guest hosts will essentially be trying out for the gig.
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