The cover of one of this week's new tabloids claims Kelly Ripa has threatened to quit "Live" because Ryan Seacrest "betrayed" her by trying to get the talk show moved from New York to Los Angeles. Gossip Cop looked into this story, and we can exclusively reveal the truth.
Seacrest relocated to the East Coast in May after becoming Ripa's permanent co-host, but he recently signed on to host next year's "American Idol" reboot, which shoots on the West Coast. The TV personality will be flying back and forth from NY and LA to juggle both gigs, but the National Enquirer claims Seacrest is secretly trying to get "Live" moved across the country to suit his busy schedule.
A supposed "source" tells the magazine that Ripa became enraged after learning ABC was allegedly conspiring with Seacrest to migrate the show west, so she told the bosses "that if push comes to shove, she's ready to walk." The outlet's dubious insider adds, "Kelly's given them an ultimatum. It's her way or the highway. She feels that she was stabbed in the back over the whole Michael Strahan fiasco, and she's not going to allow it to happen again!"
The magazine's seemingly phony source goes on to say "Live" producers are trying to convince Ripa to move the show to accommodate her new co-host, "but Kelly feels once again the show that bears her name is being hijacked from her." The "insider" continues, "Kelly's fuming that ABC would even consider it! All of her family and friends are on the East Coast - and now she has to pack up and move for Ryan's sake? That's got to make her steaming mad!"
But Gossip Cop investigated the situation, and we've learned the tabloid's cover story is completely inaccurate. A "Live" insider exclusively assures us ABC executives aren't plotting to move the show to Los Angeles, nor did Seacrest ever request they relocate. A source close to Ripa also tells us she hasn't threatened to quit the show over a nonexistent scenario, and the magazine's entire report is simply "false."
Of course, the Enquirer has repeatedly published bogus stories surrounding the daytime talk show, so this latest fabrication comes as no surprise. Late last month, Gossip Cop busted the tabloid for wrongly reporting Seacrest was quitting "Live" because he didn't want to play "second banana" to Ripa. And prior to the "American Idol" host joining the program, we called out the magazine for falsely claiming Ripa was refusing to hire full-time replacement. The outlet's latest cover story is equally untrue.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.