Kelly Ripa’s absence shows that office politics exist everywhere

April 21, 2016 7:22 PM

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Kelly Ripa’s absence shows that office politics exist everywhere

On Tuesday, the network proudly announced that “Live! With Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan will jump to big leagues this fall to join “Good Morning America,” the most-watched morning show in the country. It was triumphant news: GMA, which has seen a slight decline in ratings, could get a boost. And Strahan, who has gone from former New York Giants defensive end to TV celebrity, could solidify his star status.

A day after ABC’s announcement, co-host Kelly Ripa didn’t show up for work. “Kelly’s off today,” Strahan smoothly told the studio audience Wednesday, introducing his guest host, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Ana Gasteyer. Within hours, the stories were everywhere: Ripa, who has hosted the...

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