See ya, Michael!
Following his last day as the co-host of "Live! With Kelly & Michael" alongside Kelly Ripa on Friday, May 13, all traces of Michael Strahan are being stripped from the ABC morning show's studios, according to a new report.
Come Monday morning, reports Page Six, it will be as if Michael was never there as the show returns to the air as simply "Live! With Kelly."
"There are pictures of [Michael and Kelly] in the hallway that greet all the guests," an insider told Page Six. "And there are pictures of them in the green room. That will all be cleared out and removed."
"I wouldn't call it redecorating, but it will be 'refreshed,'" the insider added. "All that stuff will be boxed up."
Another source told Page Six that erasing Michael from the studio comes as no surprise. "That's consistent with what ABC has done in the past -- it's in line with how they have made other changes."
A rep for the show, however, told Page Six, "That is not true."
The report comes following weeks of headline-making drama after ABC and Michael "blindsided" Kelly with the news that the former football pro would be leaving the talk show, where he'd been Kelly's partner for four years, and joining the cast of "Good Morning America."
Things were so tense that instead of joining "GMA" full-time in September as originally planned, Michael remained at "Live!" for just a few more weeks.
But after Michael's farewell episode taped, Page Six reports that he and Kelly had a private meeting to patch things up.
Michael was seen visiting Kelly's dressing room to say good-bye, a source told Page Six, and "They had a really nice talk. It was all very positive."
The network is currently searching for a permanent replacement for Michael on "Live," but in the meantime, Kelly will be joined by several guest co-hosts.
For her first week back without Michael starting Monday, May 16, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will be by Kelly's side, followed by "Empire" star Jussie Smollett on Tuesday; comedian Cedric the Entertainer on Wednesday; "ABC World News Tonight" anchor David Muir on Thursday; and "Hawaii Five-0" star Daniel Dae Kim -- who's making his Broadway debut as the King of Siam in "The King and I" -- on Friday.
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