The dust has settled — for now — at Disney's Live With Kelly and Michael, and the show's longtime host is explaining her actions following her April 20 walkout. Ripa already spoke to her own audience about it when she returned to the show six days later, though she joked that there were sharpshooters posted in the audience to keep her on message.
Kelly Ripa is on the hunt for a new daytime sidekick—and there's no time to be wasted. After learning—albeit suddenly and without adequate warning—that Michael Strahan was departing his post next to her on Live! to join Good Morning America, the multi-decade co-host knew that finding his replacement would not be a seamless nor speedy decision.
The recipients of the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced Saturday night at New York’s Waldorf Astoria, with “Live! with Kelly and Michael” host Kelly Ripa scooping the Excellence in Media Award and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts taking home the Vito Russo prize. HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” earned the award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode for a segment on Ugandan transgender activist Pepe Julian Onziema, while Showtime’s “L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin” won Outstanding Documentary.