Disney-ABC is going within the Mouse House family to temporarily solve their Kelly Ripa problem. Dancing With The Stars' Erin Andrews and Pretty Little Liars' Shay Mitchell will pinch hit for the vacationing Live! With Kelly and Michael host.
According to multiple reports, Ripa feels blindsided by co-host Michael Strahan's departure for the syndicated talk show's corporate cousin, Good Morning America. Ripa learned of Strahan's exit on Tuesday and didn't show up for work the next day. ABC promptly issued a statement claiming Ripa would be off on a "previously scheduled vacation" for the remainder of the week.
According to People, Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos took their family to Turks and Caicos to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. Ripa and Consuelos met while appearing respectively as Hayley and Mateo on defunct ABC Daytime soap opera All My Children. Ripa won't be back on Live! until Tuesday at the earliest.