On "Live with Kelly and Michael," these two hosts were always smiling, but things took a turn when Michael Strahan announced his departure from the show. After the news broke, TMZ reported that Kelly Ripa allegedly bullied her longtime co-host behind the scenes, and today, the two are no longer speaking.
While working on "Live with Regis and Kelly," Ripa said that Regis Philbin had an "absolutely no talking off-camera" mandate. But since his departure from the show, Philbin seems to have become another Michael Strahan, telling The Insider, "I think [Ripa] got angry when I left [...] I wasn't trying to dive from her."
When Ripa ditched her show with Strahan following his departure, Howard Stern threw shade on his SiriusXM radio show, saying Ripa has "a contract" and "can't play hooky on [her] own show." Stern told Jimmy Kimmel that he thought foul play led to Regis Philbin leaving Ripa, as well.
Rosie O'Donnell once said Ripa was homophobic due to an episode of "Live" where Clay Aiken put his hand over Ripa's mouth. Ripa told Aiken "I don't know where that hand has been," and O'Donnell commented, "If that was a guy that she didn't question his sexuality she would have said a different thing."
The day after the 2016 presidential election, then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly joined forces with Kelly Ripa to co-host "Live." There were whispers of a rivalry between the women, and the pair landed on an In Touch Weekly cover next to the words "nasty battle erupts" and "insults fly as feud turns personal".