“They’re both expected to be there Tuesday,” a source says.
Friday morning, network sources said Ripa had gone radio silent after a tumultuous week for the co-host, whom a source previously said was “completely blindsided” by Strahan’s announcement that he would be leaving the series and moving on to ABC’s flagship morning show, Good Morning America, full-time starting in September.
“They don’t know what she wants,” the source says, while a source close to Strahan adds, “He has been reaching out to her. he wants her to come back.”
Earlier Friday, a source told PEOPLE it was unlikely she and Strahan, 44, would share the Live! stage again, and the 45-year-old’s expected return comes after Ripa did not come to work on Wednesday or Thursday, with a source previously telling PEOPLE she was “refusing to come back.”
Ripa’s absence came at the same time as a preplanned 20th anniversary vacation with husband Mark Consuelos and the couple’s children. Although their trip to Turks and Caicos was “long-planned,” the host jetted off a few days early as she was only expected to miss Friday and Monday, but has been gone since Wednesday.
Despite Strahan’s failed attempts at reaching her, Strahan still took a moment on Wednesday’s show to thank his absent co-host.
“I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa,” he said. “Kelly welcomed me here, and I’ve learned so much from here. Kelly, I thank you. I love you and everyone else here at Live!
Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (9 a.m. ET) on ABC.