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Michael Strahan Praises Kelly Ripa Amid Reported Behind-the-Scenes Drama (Video)

Michael Strahan Praises Kelly Ripa Amid Reported Behind-the-Scenes Drama (Video)

Michael Strahan publicly praised Kelly Ripa on Good Morning America on Thursday (April 21) while making an appearance to celebrate his new full time job on the show.

“I’m ready,” the 44-year-old television personality said. “It’s my second family here…I’m going to miss everybody at Live, sitting next to Kelly every day and having a lot of fun on that show over the last four years.”

“I’m very thankful to her because I learned so much from her, and [Live's producer] Michael Gelman,” Michael added about leaving Live! with Kelly & Michael to pursue a full time gig with GMA. “I was so new to all of this, and worked for her and worked for Michael Gelman and the staff there — that really boosted me up and made me look a lot better than I really am. I never would’ve had a chance to be here, but I’m grateful that I’m here.”

“And we’re on the same network. I’m just right over here a little earlier now. But we’re on the same team, same family, same network,” Michael added. Kelly reportedly “went crazy” when she found out Michael was leaving the show.

Watch his appearance below…

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  • Starde

    For a while there people wondered if Kelly had a crush on Michael. She always seemed to want to be picked up or carried by Michael. She was always touching him. We know she loves her husband but we kind of thought she might be crushing on Michael. Now Michael announced he is leaving the show and Kelly acts like she is pouting. If Michael was told not to tell Kelly right away what should he have done? Told Kelly…Really! We can all see her reaction. Maybe the network had a reason to tell Michael not to tell Rippa until they told him to tell her. After all, Regis did not tell her right away either. Rippa is in show biz and we all know it’s not a nice business. Michael got a job, he is moving on…Kelly should too. The lady makes something like $36K an hour. She lives a plush life. She should just go back to work until it is time to take her vacation. Then get a new co-host and carry on. Right now, people are feeling sympathy for her position but if she stays out too much longer she will start to look like a brat.

    Pick your wars, Kelly. Michael leaving is a mere skirmish. Just carry on!

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