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Kelly Ripa Not Returning To 'Live' This Week After Strahan's Surprise Exit

Kelly Ripa (photosKelly Ripa photos) won't be returning to 'Live' for the rest of this week following Michael Strahan's surprising exit from the show.

Erin Andrews (photosErin Andrews photos) will guest co-host with Michael Strahan on Thursday and Friday's episodes while Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell (photosShay Mitchell photos) will sit in on Monday.

'Live' producers say Ripa is on a "previously-scheduled vacation" but the timing is raising eyebrows since the longtime host is said to be furious after discovering Strahan is leaving the show for 'Good Morning America'.

Ripa reportedly felt blindsided and angered as she discovered the news at the same time as the rest of us. She was "livid," according to sources.

Actress Ana Gasteyer was a last-minute replacement for Ripa on Wednesday.

Strahan is expected to stay on the show through August which could cause some awkward moments.

He made a point to thank Ripa at the end of Wednesday's show, saying: "I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa, because Kelly welcomed me here and I've learned so much from her, and she's just been an amazing influence on me.'

"This has truly changed my life to be here with her."

April 21, 2016 |

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