The Coronavirus is causing shakeups in television. “Strahan, Sara & Keke” is the latest show on the chopping block after ABC pulled the daytime talk series in March. Deets on what’s going to happen to the trio now inside.
SSK was yanked off the air just as the world was being turned upside down by Covid-19 so that a Coronavirus-based news show could run in its place daily. It apparently got better ratings than expected, because word on the curb is that Sarah Haines, Keke Palmer & Michael Strahan are now out of a job.
Page Six spilled that according to their sources, the show has been axed. All three hosts are stil getting paid – for now – and the network is looking into how to fold them into “GMA 3” instead:
An insider explained, “’Strahan, Sara and Keke’ is put on hiatus and it doesn’t look like it’s going to come off.” Its staffers will work on “GMA 3,” with producers from “ABC News Live,” the digital stream helmed by McKenzie.
“Everyone is still getting paid. There’s space for everyone. They’re actively in contact … They’re figuring out what the future will look like,” a source said.
Another insider concluded: “It’s unfortunate, but the hope is that they’ll be a big part of [‘GMA 3’] down the road,” and added, “Everyone was feeling good about their show. It was nominated for three Daytime Emmys. It finally found its rhythm. Ratings were stabilized and were starting to tick up when they went off air.”
Michael’s still working at “GMA” every morning and Sarah has joined her old co-workers at “The View” every now and then to guest co-host. KeKe’s got plenty of movie projects under her belt and in the works as well.
Word also has it Michael’s recent townhall with ABC didn’t help. The company wanted to address the George Floyd murder and racial unrest in this country, so CEO Bob Iger decided to hold a “company town hall” with employees to talk about how they’re feeling. It took place just weeks before ABC got blasted for a high ranking employee – Barbara Fedida – making racially insensitive comments aimed at Robin Roberts and likely Sunni Hostin.
That’s when Michael spoke up about how he felt his hands were tied in defending himself when his former “Live with Kelly & Michael” co-host Kelly Ripa blaste dhim for picking up and leaving for “GMA” without telling her.
Page Six reports:
The “Good Morning America” host spoke out during a town hall on racism with Bob Iger on June 4 in front of all ABC and Disney employees.
Strahan fell out with co-host Kelly Ripa when he moved full-time to “GMA” in 2016, and we’re told: “Michael said that there were some very tense situations with executives who got argumentative and loud on the show, and he was very aware he couldn’t speak up or raise his voice as he was worried he would be seen as threatening.”
While Michael didn’t refer to “Live” by name, sources tell us he was referring to the show with his comments.
Yeah, we’ll see how all this plays out.
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