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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…

Kelly Ripa Emerges for First Time Since Michael Strahan's 'Live' Exit News

Kelly Ripa steps out in New York City with her husband Mark Consuelos on Thursday (April 21).

The Live! with Kelly and Michael co-host has not been seen since news broke that Michael Strahan would be leaving the show to work full time at Good Morning America. While stepping out, Kelly was holding a copy of Malcolm Gladwell‘s “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.”

There have been many stories circulating about how Kelly truly feels about the exit, but she has yet to make an official statement. Kelly will be out from the show until at least Tuesday, because of a pre-scheduled vacation.

20+ pictures inside of Kelly Ripa out for the first time since the announcement… More Here! »

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Erin Andrews Will Step in for Kelly Ripa on 'Live!' This Week

Kelly Ripa will not be returning to the Live! With Kelly & Michael hosting chair this week.

According to THR, the 45-year-old TV personality is taking the rest of the week off following the sudden departure of her co-host Michael Strahan.

Dancing With the Stars correspondent and Fox Sports host Erin Andrews will step in for Kelly, while Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell will co-host with Michael next Monday, April 25.

Michael will reportedly stay on the show throughout the summer as the network looks for a new co-host this fall.

Oprah Thinks Kelly Ripa Should Have Found Out About Michael Strahan's Exit Differently

Oprah Winfrey stops to pose while attending the Tribeca Tune In: Greenleaf event held during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC John Zuccotti Theater on Wednesday (April 20) in New York City.

The 62-year-old TV personality was joined by Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower.

While at the event, Oprah was asked what she thought about Michael Strahan leaving Live! for Good Morning America.

“I’m really excited for him,” Oprah told TMZ. “His life is about to change. He knows because he does it…I’m really happy for him.”

Then she was asked about advice for Kelly Ripa, asking, “Nobody told Kelly? She should have never have found out, in the media, is that what you’re saying? She shouldn’t have to find out that way.”

45+ pictures inside of Oprah and Robert De Niro at the 2016 Tribeca Film FestivalMore Here! »

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How Did Kelly Ripa React to Michael Strahan Leaving 'Live'?

Kelly Ripa was reportedly not very happy to find out that her Live! With Kelly & Michael co-host Michael Strahan was leaving for Good Morning America.

According to People, the 45-year-old TV personality “went crazy” when she was told the news after Tuesday’s (April 19) show.

Michael was apparently present for the discussion “to be respectful of his partner.”

The source added, “It wasn’t up to him to deliver any news. He’s not the boss of the network. He was trying to do the right thing and be there as a support.”

Kelly called out of work the following day.

Meanwhile, Access Hollywood reports, “I know he loves Kelly, but I don’t think he was thrilled to work with EP [Michael] Gelman.”

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Kelly Ripa Absent From 'Live' as Michael Strahan Announces His Exit (Video)

Kelly Ripa was absent from her show Live! with Kelly and Michael today (April 20), the day after it was announced that Michael Strahan would be leaving the show to head to Good Morning America full time in the fall.

Sources tell TMZ that Kelly was blindsided by the news and found out just as word was spreading to the public. She’s reportedly very embarrassed and upset that she wasn’t given a head’s up, and she may be absent for the foreseeable future.

Kelly‘s sub today is Ana Gasteyer, and Michael made the announcement official to the Live audience today. Watch below…

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