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Kelly Ripa: Why She’s Leaving ‘Live’ After Michael Strahan Drama

I Can’t Believe She’s Gone: Live With Kelly Pays Tribute

Fear not, ‘Live’ fans! A new report claims that no matter what goes down with Michael Strahan before he leaves the show, Kelly Ripa is staying put in her co-host chair once he’s gone — and for GOOD reason.

Kelly Ripa, 45, reportedly has zero intentions on leaving Live once her co-host of four years, Michael Strahan, 44, moves on to greener pastures. As unfortunate and awkward as his departure has been for everyone involved in the show, sources have explained why we shouldn’t expect to see Kelly walk away from it next.


Confession Gone Wrong: Kelly Will Be Missed

No, Kelly isn’t planning to make a great escape from her co-hosting gig at Live any time soon, reports TMZ. After her alleged pre-planned vacation to Turks & Caicos with her husband, Mark Consuelos, she’s set to return to Live and join Michael at their desk for all to see. Why? Well, the answer is pretty simple: money.

Sources claim that Kelly is not willing to give up her reported $15 million annual paycheck for her gig on the show, especially because she and Mark live such a lavish lifestyle. “She makes a lot of money, but she spends a lot of money, and so does he,” a source explained in the report, revealing why Kelly has no intentions on actually leaving the show.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Television host Kelly Ripa (L) and Michael Strahan attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

“We Can’t Believe She’s Gone, It’s Devastating”

In fact, in 2015 Kelly and her family allegedly dropped a load of cash on a massive townhouse in New York City’s Upper East Side. Oh, and the report mentions that they also own a huge mansion in the Hamptons which is likely where they stay during Live‘s off-season. You can see an aerial shot of Kelly’s Hamptons house HERE.

Well, at least there’s some good news in all of this drama! Kelly gets to keep her job, and Livedoesn’t have to find two new hosts for their show.

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