This is unimaginably tragic.
The team did release a statement on the matter, though (below):
And now Jimmy Fallon wants a shot at the chair!
On Wednesday night, the blonde beauty stopped by The Tonight Show to chat it up with the bubbly SNL alum — when Jimmy asked if he could try out for the vacant position.
Ripa of course said yes, and Fallon revealed they'd be playing a game of Word Sneak during the audition as they interview the comedian's band leader, Questlove!
Ch-ch-check out the HIGHlarious audition and interview (below) and let us know if you think Jimmy would make a great cohost!
Live! with Kelly and… nope, just Kelly.
However, now that he's had some time to reflect on what went down… the Good Morning America newcomer says he actually doesn't feel bad with the way he handled his daytime transition.
Speaking to PEOPLE on Wednesday, the ex-NFL star said:
"The most disappointing thing to me was that I was painted as the bad guy, because I value the way I carry myself. I don't want people to see me as 'Oh, he just ran out, just left them there.' That's just not true."
That definitely seemed like the case in April, when Strahan suddenly announced he would be leaving Live! for a full time gig over at GMA — a move that Ripa only learned about at the very last minute, causing the long-time host to take some time off.
Luckily, Michael insists he has "no regrets" about how his sudden departure, explaining that they all work for the ABC "team," and his football mentality is to play
Months after Michael Strahan very publicly (and dramatically) departed Live, Kelly Ripa teased her fans by saying a "big announcement" was coming — which we took to mean she would finally be revealing her new co-host.
While the announcement did in fact have to do with who would be sitting in Strahan's empty seat, it still wasn't exactly the news we were anticipating.
On Wednesday's show, the 45-year-old revealed that FANS would have a chance to be her cohost for the day through the new contest Live With Kelly & You! Oh…
Since Strahan's departure for GMA, Ripa has been hosting Live alongside a rotation of guest stars like Christian Slater, Rob Lowe, Anderson Cooper, and Andy Cohen — but who needs those celebs when you have Live superfan Pam from Indiana!?
(JK, Pam, we're sure you're very charismatic…)
What an opportunity! For all those who think Ripa's job is easy, now you finally have a chance to prove it!
Fans have until September 20 to submit on the Live website — will YOU try your luck at being the next Live cohost?
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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos make us believe in love again!
On Saturday, the Live! host dished about spending the summer 3,000 miles away from her man and reassured fans they're seasoned pros when it comes to long distance relationships. Aww!
While chatting with People at the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance's 19th Annual NY Super Saturday event, Miz Ripa explained:
Looks like there's going to be a docuseries about Fire Island, and we have Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos to thank for that!
On Wednesday, Logo greenlit the aptly named Fire Island, from the couple's production company Milojo Productions!
The new reality show follows "a group of young New York City professionals" who have ditched the Big Apple to spend their summer at the Pines on the LGBT-friendly isle.
The series will chronicle the cast's "adventures and relationships of friends and lovers!" Sounds yummy!
And we aren't the only ones excited about the upcoming episodes! Logo's SVP of Original Programming, Pamela Post, raved about the new addition to the network's lineup, saying:
"Fire Island is an exciting new addition to Logo's slate and perfectly complements the stories our audience craves. We're thrilled to give it a home alongside yet another incredible season of intense competition on RuPaul's Drag Race."
We can't WAIT to tune in!!! Will U be watching, Perezcious readers?!
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Mila Kunis is on a total cravings rollercoaster ride with baby #2!
On Wednesday, Mila stopped by Live With Kelly! to talk about Bad Moms and her "different" second pregnancy. The actress dished on everything from her wacky diet to exactly what her two-year-old daughter Wyatt Isabelle knows about the new addition. It's definitely the most candid Kunis has been about her second pregnancy thus far!
While M.K. is clearly THRILLED to be expecting again, the beauty admitted to Kelly Ripa that she's struggling with her new and crazy cravings, an issue that she did NOT have with Wyatt:
"With the first one I didn't have any aversions. I craved sauerkraut. The first half of my pregnancy, I couldn't get enough vinegar. Greek chopped salad: vinegar. The second one, I can't eat meat. It'll look delicious to me, and then I'll take a bite of it, and then I'm like, 'Uh-uh. Can't do it.' This is going to offend a lot of people who are vegetarian: I love steak. I could eat ground beef—like a burger, I can eat—but whole pieces of meat, uh-uh. Uh-uh! It doesn't make any sense. But I can also eat eggs all day long. If someone's like, 'Have an egg for dinner!' I'm like, 'Great.' It's a very strange pregnancy when it comes to, like, food."
"Strange" indeed! We hope husband Ashton Kutcher is whipping up all the eggs in El Lay for Mila!
But wait, that's not the only contrast to baby #1 — apparently
From his talents on the football field to the TV screen, Michael Strahan has proven himself to be a jack of all trades — and the face of many products!
Over the years, the former New York Giants player has scored paid spokesperson gigs for the likes of Subway, Pizza Hut, Right Guard, Dr. Pepper, Vaseline, and even Metamucil!
But now that the TV personality has joined Good Morning America full time, the only commercials he's allowed to be in are promos for the ABC morning program!
According to Page Six, Strahan will have to drop his endorsement deals as part of his contract for a full time position on GMA!
When Strahan abruptly left LIVE! With Kelly and Michael for GMA, he became an employee under the ABC News division, which has strict rules forbidding staffers from endorsements.
LIVE! isn't under the same rules, which is why Kelly Ripa is rolling in the dough from her endorsements with