Oprah Winfrey disagrees with the way that Kelly Ripa found out about Live With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan’s upcoming exit from the talk show. The media mogul told TMZ that the actress should have been informed in a timely manner, but that she’s still happy for Strahan.
As previously reported by Us Weekly, Strahan, 44, is leaving Live With Kelly and Michael for a full time position with Good Morning America.
“I’m really excited for him … he’s a solid, great man,” Winfrey, 62, told TMZ at the premiere of her drama Greenleaf at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 20, a day after the news broke of the former NFL player’s move to GMA.
While noting that Strahan is now going to have a strenuous schedule with having to wake up at 3 a.m. daily, the TMZ reporter informed Winfrey that Ripa, who recently celebrated 15 years on the show, wasn’t told about Strahan’s exit.
“Nobody told Kelly?” Winfrey questions in the video, seemingly surprised. “Well, she should have never found out like, in the media, that’s what you’re saying? … She shouldn’t have to find out that way. … But I’m happy for Michael if thats what he wants to do.”
Source Cowan: (US Weekly)