ABC on Wednesday announced that Erin Andrews will serve as co-host alongside Strahan on Thursday and for a pre-taped Friday broadcast, while Pretty Little Liars‘ Shay Mitchell will occupy Ripa’s chair on Monday. No word on whether Ripa will return on Tuesday, April 26.
While a rep for the network noted that Ripa had “a previously scheduled vacation” on Friday and Monday, the statement gave no reason for her absence tomorrow.
On Wednesday’s Live, the show’s first telecast since Tuesday’s announcement that Strahan was transitioning to a full-time gig on Good Morning America, Ripa was a surprise no-show. As a result, Strahan was forced to awkwardly address his looming exit opposite guest co-host Ana Gasteyer.
According to reports, Ripa was blindsided when she learned of Strahan’s departure shortly after Tuesday’s show wrapped at 10 am. The news broke an hour later.
While Strahan’s initial on-air statement about his transition to GMA on Wednesday did not mention Ripa by name — thanking only his fans and “an incredible staff here” — he addressed his counterpart of four years at the very end of the broadcast.
“I really want to thank of course Kelly Ripa because Kelly welcomed me here and I’ve learned so much from her,” he said. “She’s been an amazing influence on me and it has truly changed my life to be here with her. I know that the show will continue to be strong and great because of Kelly and Michael Gelman and the staff here. Everybody is so talented and this show has not been around for over 30 years by mistake… Kelly, I thank you and I love you and everyone else here at Live.”