Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan's tumultuous history has taken another turn.
Since September, Strahan has been co-hosting "GMA Day" alongside Sara Haines, which replaced ABC's "The Chew" following its cancellation after sexual misconduct claims were levied against host Mario Batali. Situated in the 9 a.m. hour, Strahan's "GMA Day" is positioned directly against Ripa's "Live with Kelly and Ryan," effectively reigniting the feud between the two television personalities who were once co-hosts.
According to Page Six, though, if you're looking at the respective shows' ratings, there's a clear victor here: Ripa.
In the two months since "GMA Day" began on September 10, it has trailed "Live" by more than a million viewers, taking in 1.76 million compared to 2.85 million. Not only that, but Strahan's new hour of "Good Morning America" is also down compared to its predecessor, "The Chew," which garnered 2.25 million viewers before its cancellation.
The ratings are a definite coup for Ripa and her new co-host, Ryan Seacrest, but it took years and an exhaustive co-host search to get here. The daytime TV veteran famously left her namesake show for a week back in the spring of 2016 after she found out with the rest of the world that Strahan was leaving "Live" to join "GMA."
The story goes that Ripa wasn't given a heads-up that he was exiting "Live" and that she felt blindsided by her co-host of several years. For over a year, Ripa welcomed on a slew of major names to guest co-host her show, which basically served as a live audition process for the permanent role, which eventually went to Seacrest.
Though Ripa may be celebrating her great ratings, insiders insist that Strahan could not be happier in his current role at "GMA" and that the current ratings situation is simply due to growing pains.
"Michael is having a great time working at ‘GMA’ and ‘GMA Day,'" a source told Page Six. "He isn’t worried at all. He recognizes that ‘GMA Day’ is a new show, and sometimes it takes a minute to get it going. He loves working with Sara and the new team and is very happy being there."
ABC News president James Goldston echoed those rosy sentiments.
"We’re incredibly happy with Michael and Sara and their performance on the show," he told the outlet. "We are two months in, ahead of schedule and right on track. Michael brings the leadership we know so well from his football days to the show -- we couldn’t be in better hands."