Kelly Ripa is angry with her co-host Michael Strahan taking credit for their show's bump in ratings.
KELLY RIPA is more than livid – she’s FURIOUS at newbie co-host MICHAEL STRAHAN for boasting that he’s the reason the show’s ratings have been booming, say insiders.
The former NFL defensive end has been mighty offensive as far as the 42-year-old blonde beauty is concerned because he’s claiming viewers are flocking to the show to watch him since he replaced Regis Philbin in September.
The gridiron-star – who was just named a fi¬nalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame – is also taking credit for “Live Kelly and Michael” beating TV powerhouse “Dr. Phil” in the ratings. And he already wants a raise because of it, the insiders add.
“Kelly’s seething,” said a source close to the show. “The way she sees it, it’s basically been her show since Regis left and she was the one who championed Michael for the job!
“Now she’s left wondering what kind of monster she created.”
“Live Kelly and Michael” recently edged out “Dr. Phil” for the first time this season. Some 3.6 million people viewed “Live” during the week of Dec. 16, while 3.5 million watched “Dr. Phil,” which had been No. 1 among talk shows since the season began 13 weeks ago. What’s more, the talk fest also topped “Dr. Phil” in the critical 25- to 54-year-old female demographic, which is especially important to advertisers.
“Michael’s been puffed with pride ever since the good news came out,” said the source. “He’s full of ideas for the show. He even wants to bring his bride-to-be (Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife Nicole) onto the program.
“Now the two hosts are headed for a showdown.”Jacked from The National Enquirer