On Wednesday morning, his co-host Kelly Ripa skipped out on the talk show. Sources suggest Kelly Ripa was unaware of this news until Disney, owner of ABC, made the announcement to the public on Tuesday morning.
"Kelly isn't making any demands".
Philbin departed (read pushed out) in 2011 and said a year ago he hadn't spoken to Ripa since they parted ways. Sources said she's concerned that the company is sacrificing the success of her show to bolster GMA, which is dealing with declining ratings and a threat from morning news show rival "Today".
Watch Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan Accidentally Give Away a Trip on Live! It was a huge break for Ripa, who had just started a family with husband Mark Consuelos.
She didn't help much, by failing to show up for work. In that case, LIVE would likely air later in the morning, but that would require a major reshuffling of the network's schedule.
"It is the same channel. So don't worry, anybody, I'm not going anywhere". Strahan said he wasn't going far, even though in reading stories about the move "it sounded like I died". "It's not a eulogy, people". For the moment, she and the producers are focused on the search for the next co-host.
Launch the video up top to see Strahan's entire statement. "With Kelly and Michael". "Kelly, I thank you and I love you and everyone else here at 'Live'".
I can't ask for better fans at all.
"Kelly, I thank you". A representative for Ripa did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's query as to whether she will be back for Thursday's show. Ripa replaced Kathy Lee Gifford in 2000 after she spent 15 years on the show.