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Kelly Ripa Addresses Michael Strahan Drama on 'Live' - Watch Now

Kelly Ripa Addresses Michael Strahan Drama on 'Live' - Watch Now

Kelly Ripa just addressed the Michael Strahan exit drama after he announced he was moving from Live! with Kelly and Michael to Good Morning America.

After the announcement was made, Kelly went on vacation and did not publicly address the drama until just now. There have been dozens of rumors floating around, but ultimately, Kelly confirmed that she was very upset as to how the situation was handled.

“Our long national nightmare is over,” Kelly joked as she arrived on stage. “I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to the show. The show of support in this bizarre time has been overwhelming.”

“I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right,” Kelly continued. “So, we get each other.”

“Apologies have been made and the best thing to come out of all of this is that our parent company has assured me that ‘Live’ is a priority,” Kelly continued.

After Kelly‘s pre-show speech, Michael said, “one thing I know about you is that you love the show, you love the fans, you love the staff and I love you.”

Watch the whole opening below…

Also pictured inside: Kelly and her husband Mark Consuelos stepping out before the show on Tuesday (April 26) in New York City.

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  • rihanna

    Did Anderson Cooper pay her to hold that book in the paparazzi shots? Pathetic.

  • Allure

    love her! Michael seems two faced! like he makes himself out to be nice and soft and sweet but behind the cameras he’s a bitch!

    Go Kelly!

  • Allure

    love her! Michael seems two faced! like he makes himself out to be nice and soft and sweet but behind the cameras he’s a bitch!

    Go Kelly!

  • Allure

    love her! Michael seems two faced! like he makes himself out to be nice and soft and sweet but behind the cameras he’s a bitch!

    Go Kelly!

  • Conte435

    Class act. How can they or anyone justify not telling her that the co host of her show was leaving before they announced it to the public.

    ABC and parent Disney are big business that needs to cut get down.

  • C.R.

    Pretty much what I expected.

  • C.R.

    He wouldn’t have done that. How silly!

  • oscue

    I think shes the two-face, shes clearly still pissed…..

  • Jenny from the flop

    I wanna punch the ugly gab out of his teeth. he’s so fake. kelly is so graceful! and michael was too stupid to notice the subtle shade she threw at him when saying she and the staff at Live is a family who stick together lol

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 Christopher I. Gomes

    The Media makes everything such a big deal… This is an adjustment and I think she handled it to the best of her abilities, Mike and Kelly get over 4 million viewers daily!!!! I hope they find a good replacement. Kelly showed a lot of class and let’s not forget this is Show-Business… More Business than I think people like to admit!!! The Bottom Line is money. Wish them both well.

  • Sim

    She starts of by saying ABC probably has snipers in the audience in case she goes off script.
    And she clearly says that the reason she returned was because of the fans, their crew and once she got apology from the Disney CEO. Doesn’t mean she isn’t still upset about how all this went down.

  • Rose Ryan

    How is he 2-faced? The bosses make the decision on when something is announced. Lest you forget, Kelly nor Michael is the boss and he’s still employed by this company. She’s an employee as well and yes, employers often will do things in THEIR best interest; she’s been around long enough to know that. Do you personally have knowledge of how he is behind the scene or HER for that matter?

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  • Saxgirl

    Can she just stop with the -arm chair press raises- & -cave in chest- chit….I try not to watch her until this drama & she has not changed…
    Anorexic, insecure twit. Enough about you, let’s talk about MEEEEE…

  • Khazija

    Michael rationally chooses to leave a toxic work environment where there was constant tension and where Kelly was constantly accusing him of being disrespectful because she was jealous of his success. He followed the protocol that he was instructed to take. Kelly and Michael are not friends nor is she entitled to be in the know about his transition to another show before everybody else. It is not unusual for companies to enact those kind of policies.

    People forget that the producers handled it the same way when Regis left. Anybody who has watched this show for years would have noticed how she flew off the handle at Regis at times or would roll her eyes or act annoyed with him. Michael knew not to react openly in public to her so the public doesn’t have the same impression of how difficult she can be.

    They knew that she would attempt to sabotage Strahan’s exit and move to GMA. They knew there was a risk of her leaking this to the press beforehand so they kept quiet but she still put on a huge show to play the victim here. Then Strahan was originally supposed to make the move to GMA in September so it is not like she didn’t have enough advance notice.

  • Khazija

    They can justify it because they know that there is tension between Kelly and Michael behind the scenes. They can justify it, knowing what kind of opportunistic person Kelly Ripa is. They can justify it because they didn’t want Kelly sabotaging Michael’s move to GMA by speaking to ABC against him. They can justify it because they didn’t want risk her leaking to the press beforehand while planting tons of negative articles about it. She did this anyway because she is vindictive. Now Michael has to deal with this negativity and backlash for leaving a show where he was unhappy and didn’t feel comfortable with his colleague.

    Now he is in a bad position because he has to act classy while Kelly behaved like a victim and then he also has the burden of being held responsible for having to boost GMA’s ratings when he was smeared through the mud due to Kelly’s antics.

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