14 Biggest Talk Show Controversies And Feuds
12. Jay Leno and David Letterman
Late-night show host Jay Leno got into a feud with David Letterman when he was chosen to replace Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show in 1992 over Letterman. This feud was so well known by the public that it was turned into an HBO movie called The Late Shift! The bad blood between them went on for over two decades, during which Leno got into a feud with another late-night show host, Conan O’Brien. Letterman sounded off on the subject and said, there are “two kinds of talk show hosts: Jay Leno, and those who have been victimized by Jay Leno.” According to Letterman, they’ve since buried the hatchet.
11. Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan
The feud between Kelly Ripa, ABC and Michael Strahan caused a huge media frenzy. It all began when news broke that Strahan was leaving Live! with Kelly and Michael for a new gig at Good Morning America. The kicker was that Ripa didn’t find out the very last minute and was completely blindsided — for the second time! (This previously happened with Regis Philbin). She felt like ABC had disrespected her by going behind her back and left her completely out of the loop. The next day Kelly was absent from their morning show which caused even more drama in the media. While the show went on, viewers knew there was something brewing beneath the surface. She called in sick for a few days and then jetted off on vacation with her husband, Mark Consuelos. When she did return, she didn’t hold back, and delivered a scathing monologue about respect in the workplace. Strahan ended up leaving his post on Live! with Kelly months before he was supposed to because things got so awkward between the two.