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. More Here! »