Michael Strahan's exit from Live With Kelly and Michael for a position at Good Morning America totally blindsided Kelly Ripa.
But it looks like the TV personality's cohost of four years might not be the only one at ABC who's upset over the sudden shake up!
According to reports, GMA co-anchor Lara Spencer is "furious" over the transition — because she was allegedly supposed to get Strahan's new role!
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Multiple network sources told DailyMail that Strahan will be taking the "softer celebrity segments" on the morning program, leaving little left for Spencer to report on.
One insider explained:
"Alongside becoming a co-anchor, Michael has basically been promised the 8 a.m. hour, yet this was Lara's hour where she could do the softer celebrity segments that George [Stephanopoulos] and Robin [Roberts] don't want to do…These will now go to Michael. We're all asking, what's left for Lara - baking and yard sale reporting - puh-lease, as if she wants that?"
The 46-year-old was repordedly promised a lead anchor role when she renewed her contract, but Strahan's new gig means Spencer won't be getting a promotion anytime soon.
Another source added:
"[Lara] is a team player here at GMA, she always brings her A-Game every day and she genuinely enjoys working on the show. When she signed her last contract, she was promised that she would one day be the main anchor. Michael's promotion effectively throws this out the window and she is beyond furious."
Another source added that the fact that Lara just smiled when GMA announced the news, and has yet to publicly congratulate Michael, "says it all."
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But other sources say different, assuring that Spencer was not upset and all was peachy keen over at GMA. One insider told E! News:
"Lara and Michael are very close friends."
Hmmm… then she probably should have congratulated her close friend on one of her social media accounts by now, right??
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