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ABC cancels Strahan, Sara and Keke a month after host Michael Strahan told the network he 'felt he couldn't speak up' because of his feud with Kelly Ripa

  • ABC are set to cancel Strahan, Sara and Keke according to network insiders 
  • The talk show, which stars Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer, is 'getting the ax,' multiple sources told Page Six on Thursday 
  • The news comes almost one month after Strahan told an ABC/Disney anti-racism symposium that he felt he wasn't being heard due to his skin color
  • Strahan didn't specifically name Live with Kelly, on which he served as a co-host from 2012 to 2016, but insiders told Page Six that he was referring to the show
  • Strahan will still host Good Morning America for the network 

ABC set to cancel Strahan, Sara and Keke according to network insiders.

The talk show, which stars Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer, is 'getting the ax,' multiple sources told Page Six on Thursday. 

The news comes almost one month after Strahan told an ABC/Disney anti-racism symposium he felt he couldn't 'speak up or raise his voice' with ABC executives for fear of being seen as threatening as a black man. 

Happier times: ABC are set to cancel Strahan, Sara and Keke according to network insiders. The hosts seen here in January 2020

Strahan, Sara and Keke was replaced in mid-March by daily Coronavirus report Pandemic: What You Need to Know.

A source told Page Six, '[Pandemic] was initially supposed to be a two-week experiment and the show did really well.' 

ABC are now expected to make the lineup change permanent, according to the publication's sources.

Strahan will still host Good Morning America for the network. 

Concerns: The news comes almost one month after Strahan told an ABC/Disney anti-racism symposium he felt he couldn't 'speak up or raise his voice' with ABC executives for fear of being seen as threatening as a black man
Gone: Strahan, Sara and Keke was replaced in mid-March by daily Coronavirus report Pandemic: What You Need to Know

Keke Palmer rides a mechanical bull outside in NYC

Strahan shared his concerns about inequality at the network during an anti-racism symposium on June 4 in front of all ABC and Disney employees and Bob Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company.

Strahan didn't specifically name Live with Kelly, on which he served as a co-host from 2012 to 2016, but insiders told Page Six that he was referring to the show. This could shed new light on his falling out with co-host Kelly Ripa when he abruptly left the show and moved to GMA full time. 

'Michael said that there were some very tense situations with executives who got argumentative and loud on [Live with Kelly], and he was very aware he couldn't speak up or raise his voice as he was worried he would be seen as threatening,' one source explained to Page Six. 

Friction: Strahan had earlier had a falling out with co-host Kelly Ripa before he abruptly left their show and moved to GMA full time

Michael, Sara and Keke recreate iconic Three's Company opening

Strahan previously spoke out about his issues on Live with Kelly in a New York Times interview in January.

'I've had jobs where I got there and felt like: "Wow, I didn't know I was supposed to be a sidekick,"' he said. 'I thought I was coming here to be a partner.'

Asked if he was referring to Live, Strahan replied: 'It was an experience!'

He admitted that communication between him and Ripa had deteriorated significantly, and that she had refused to meet him after he announced his departure from the show.

But in an attempt to dispel rumors of tension between the pair, he said: 'I don't hate her. I do respect her for what she can do at her job. I cannot say enough about how good she is at her job.'

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Comment by rhethe etntehrt on July 7, 2020 at 5:48pm
Comment by QueenMommaDee on July 7, 2020 at 5:33pm

Strahan, Sara & Keke was a good show. It was perfect afternoon filler before the news. I remember when Strahan used to host “Live”. Kelly Ripa was intimidated by him. She wants to be queen bee which is why Ryan Seacrest is perfect for her. An unassuming mannequin to let her shine. Of course if he said anything it would be a case of the Big Black football player against the poor little blonde girl. Please! Hopefully he can continue on Good morning America. Lots of sports people have transitioned to TV gigs. #RobinRoberts

Comment by J5 on July 7, 2020 at 1:14pm

Strahan was a good football player and he's an excellent football analyst, but as far as being a journalist he's not. He's taking a job away from someone who really is a journalist and deserves the job. I'm not mad that he spoke up, but I feel that the show being canceled is no lost.

Comment by Richard Johnson on July 6, 2020 at 8:29am

As a BLACK MAN, the more reason he should speak up. Some Black men when they are on a large Platform remain silent just to get along & not make the oppressors feel uncomfortable . F*** that,that’s their issue. If you are  speaking TRUTH,don’t be afraid to stand alone. Mike Speak the F*** UP

Comment by caribmama on July 5, 2020 at 11:32pm

Poor Strahan.....shuckin' N' Jivin' for the ofays. Wake up boy! 

Comment by vaughn mitchell on July 4, 2020 at 8:51pm
It was wack. Garbage, he was Kelly's sidekick.
Comment by Robert on July 4, 2020 at 5:05pm
The show SUCKED!!!

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