The ABC suits have now apparently apologized to former All My Children star and co-host of Live with Kelly and Michael, Kelly Ripa!
According to reports on Monday, top executives at Disney and ABC, which include: Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, ABC stations president Rebecca Campbell, and ABC News president James Goldston personally apologized to Kelly Ripa for last week’s bungled announcement about the departure of her co-host Michael Strahan.
Come September, Strahan is moving from “Live,” which is overseen by Campbell, to “GMA,” which is overseen by Goldston.
CNN reports that the bosses apologized to Strahan too. The apology also extended to the Hollywood agents who represent the co-hosts. ABC executives expressed regret for the way Ripa found out the news.
Ripa was informed after last Tuesday’s episode and 30 minutes before the news got out that Strahan quit “Live!” for a full time gig at “GMA” As for Campbell, who now also oversees General Hospital and is based in California, sheflew to New York to manage Ripa’s return on Tuesday. Dave Davis, who now runs WABC, is the other executive involved. Campbell used to run WABC in New York where Live with Kelly and Michael‘s studio resides.
So, doesn’t this bring up memories of Susan Lucci finding out about All My Children shortly before they announced to the rest of the cast and to the world that the show had been canceled? Did the ABC executives do right by apologizing to Kelly … or is to little too late? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!