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Michael Strahan's sudden departure from Live with Kelly & Michael has left the show in a frenzy! With little time to prepare for his last day, an insider exclusively told RadarOnline.com that the show is in total chaos behind the scenes!
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Since Strahan, 44, unexpectedly announced he was leaving Live! With Kelly and Michael for Good Morning America, behind the scenes drama has been higher than ever, Radar can exclusively reveal.
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While Strahan's announcement came as a shock to co-host Kelly Ripa, 45, an insider told Radar that ABC executives are also scrambling to accommodate the change.
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"An ABC producer confirmed that Michael's last day is May 13," the insider said. "And no one knows who's going to replace him yet! They said they plan to cycle through hosts until they find the right one, but as of now, no one knows who they are either."
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Before Friday's show, the source said, producers were desperately trying to push Live! With Kelly and Michael merchandise on waiting fans.
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"A guy came out holding all these items with the Live! With Kelly & Michael logo on them. It looked like he was about to drop something because he was trying to hold pretty much the entire inventory!" an eyewitness joked. "Barely anyone seemed interested in the stuff the producer was selling and once guests got into the studio, no one even glanced over at the kiosk."
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According to a well-placed source, the network is trying to sell as much as they can before Strahan's sooner-than-expected last day next month.
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"The network is worried that no one will want the merchandise after Michael leaves," a source told Radar. "So since he's leaving earlier than they thought, they're going crazy trying to clear everything out. It's total chaos!"
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As Radar previously reported, the two co-hosts' bitter feud continued on Friday after Ripa made a dig at Strahan's two divorces on the air. "After the segment he confronted her at break," an insider revealed. "She laughed and said it was just fun, but he got more and more angry and after show he snapped at her backstage."