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Kelly Ripa May Have Conveniently Left For Vacation Early But The Talk Show Host WILL Eventually Be Back On Live With For THIS Major Reason!

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Drama, drama, dramaaa!

As you may know, Kelly Ripa didn't show up to work on Live With Kelly & Michael amid the news that her co-host Michael Strahan was jumping ship to join Good Morning America. Oh snap!

While it's been rumored that the blonde beauty isn't planning on returning to the morning program until the former NFL star has fully transitioned to GMA, the reality is that Miz Ripa decided to leave for her ALREADY PLANNED vacation a day early with her husband Mark Consuelos to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Way to take lemons and turn them into lemonade, girl!

Related: Michael Shared A Special Message To Kelly On Live With

One insider dished:

"It's fortuitous that she had this trip planned with her husband and it wouldn't be surprising if it started early."

Still that doesn't mean Kelly's any less pissed. Another source added:

"She's being very mature about this and choosing not to talk a lot and to wait and see how this plays out. She's dedicated everything to the program, it was the primary focus in her career, she has been dedicated to maintaining the show for both the staff and viewers – and then all of a sudden the entire program is changed without them being decent enough to give her any notice."

Hmm, that's very fair — especially since reports are now saying that the former soap opera star has zero intention to leave Live With because she can't afford to.

Reportedly, ABC isn't stressing about losing Kelly over blindsiding her with this news since she makes around $15 million a year and spends a good portion of it. Just last year, the A-lister and her man purchased a huge townhouse in NYC's Upper East Side neighborhood AND have a giant Hamptons mansion to upkeep. Oof!

However, in a positive turn of events, now that Michael's leaving the show, there is a LONG list of celebrities who are itching to work with Kelly.

Apparently, ABC's voicemail was flooded with agents calling about their clients — with some of them being HIGHlariously ill-suited for the position. A lot of local news anchors and sports types are said to have pitch themselves for the role.

Despite the rumors, there are currently no front runners to fill's Michael's seat but Kelly WILL get sign off rights on who will join her on camera. Phew!

Be sure to ch-ch-check back for more updates about this crazzzzzy situation!

[Image via Brian To/WENN.]

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