Kelly Ripa did her best to give Michael Strahan a fond farewell in front of the cameras today, as he filmed his last episode of Live! With Kelly & Michael. But RadarOnline.com has learned that that the bad blood hasn't subsided behind the scenes, and staffers all but kicked him out the door!
"There was a team waiting backstage," an insider told Radar. "After the show, they started packing everything of Michael's to get it out of the building."
"When Kelly returns next week, it will be like he never even happened!"
"Pictures in the greenroom and hallways will all be replaced," the source said. "And new logos are ready to go into place next week, without his name!"
As Radar reported, staffers were already trying to clear out merchandise with his name on it from the company store.
But isn't that just business as usual for a departing host? Not so, says the insider.
"When Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin left, it took them a few weeks to remove framed pictures backstage," the source insisted. "This will be done this weekend."
The co-hosts' formerly congenial relationship was shattered last month, when ABC honchos announced that Strahan, 44, would be leaving the talk show for GMA without giving Ripa advance notice.
Ripa, 45, lashed out with a People magazine interview this week, insisting "people deserve respect."
Said the insider, "Kelly's gone rogue." since the announcement.
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