Three top ABC executives have apologized to Kelly Ripa as she gears up for today’s return to “Live! With Kelly and Michael” following the fallout from last week’s decision to move co-host Michael Strahan to “Good Morning America.”
Disney-ABC Television Group Ben Sherwood, ABC stations president Rebecca Campbell and ABC News president James Goldston have personally apologized to Ripa, Strahan and their agents.
The executives reportedly “expressed regret for the way Kelly was told the news.”
Strahan was reportedly happy at “Live!” — contrary to some recent speculation — and needed to be “persuaded” to make the full-time switch to “GMA.”
Ripa is set to return to the daytime talk show on Tuesday after sitting out four episodes as sort of a mini-protest regarding the way she heard the news.
Both fans and ABC execs are curious about what she’ll have to say on air regarding the situation.
On Friday, staffers received an email from Ripa saying that she would come back to work on Tuesday. She also received an apology from Strahan himself over the weekend.