‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Shay Mitchell Filling In On ‘Live! With Kelly And Michael’

Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell will serve as the temporary co-host of Live! With Kelly and Michael as Kelly Ripa continues to take a few days away from the show, multiple media outlets have reported.

Shay Mitchell will only be the co-host for Monday, however, as Kelly Ripa just announced that she will be returning to the show the following day. According to Deadline, Kelly Ripa sent an email to her Live staff promising a return to the show.

“I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information. Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning.”

Live! With Kelly and Michael is no stranger to guest co-hosts. When the show transitioned in 2011 from Regis Philbin hosting to Michael Strahan, the morning show had 10 months of different co-hosts to make sure there was a good fit with Kelly Ripa. As well, any time either Kelly Ripa or Michael Strahan is absent, there is always a guest host to fill in.

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Her news follows a relative silence since learning of Michael Strahan’s departure last week. Kelly Ripa was apparently told just before the rest of the staff and was not expecting it. Her time to process, as she alluded to in her email, included a sudden absence from the show on Wednesday. Michael Strahan addressed his audience eloquently on Wednesday as TVLine reports, giving a special message to co-host Kelly Ripa.

“I really want to thank of course Kelly Ripa because Kelly welcomed me here and I’ve learned so much from her. She’s been an amazing influence on me and it has truly changed my life to be here with her. I know that the show will continue to be strong and great because of Kelly and Michael Gelman and the staff here… Kelly, I thank you and I love you and everyone else here at Live.”

After Ana Gasteyer and Erin Andrews filled in last week, Monday will mark the first time that actress Shay Mitchell has filled in as co-host. She was understandably excited about the opportunity and took to Twitter to announce the news.

Shay Mitchell posted, “So excited to be co-hosting @KellyandMichael this coming Monday! Don’t forget to tune in!”

Shay Mitchell is just 29 and hails from Ontario, Canada. She rose to fame with her role as Emily on Pretty Little Liars. The timing of Shay Mitchell co-hosting is paired nicely, as the Pretty Little Liars star is in the film Mother’s Day. Opening April 29, the film is the first major big screen role that Shay Mitchell has had.

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Despite the fact that in Pretty Little Liars she has played a high school student for the majority of the series, in Mother’s Day she plays a woman recently married to a father of two. The on-screen husband of Shay Mitchell is played by Timothy Olyphant while his ex-wife is played by Jennifer Aniston.

As for Pretty Little Liars, it begins its seventh season this June. This upcoming season will see Shay Mitchell band together with the rest of the characters in an attempt to take down Uber A. This will most likely be the last season for Pretty Little Liars, according to a previous Inquisitr article.

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If this is the final Pretty Little Liars season, Shay Mitchell can add co-hosting to the realm of possibilities for her post-show career. Already, Shay Mitchell has done some modeling and co-written a book titled Bliss, a novel the Pretty Little Liars actress explained was based on “loose fiction” surrounding her life. As an author and an actress, Shay Mitchell may have her choice of projects to line up when the time comes.

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