Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan seem to be back in each other’s good graces. The duo walked on set Tuesday for ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’ smiling and holding hands.
Kelly immediately addressed the controversy around Michael’s impending move to ‘Good Morning America.’
“I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. And after 26 years with this company, I earned it,” she said.
In case you missed it, Kelly reportedly found out about Michael’s departure when it hit the news wire. She addressed disrespect in the workplace and revealed, “Apologies have been made and the best thing to come out of this is that our parent company has assured me that Live! is a priority.”
Michael Strahan seemed relieved to be reunited with his co-host.
“I’m so happy you’re here,” he told her. “You brought me here and this show has been transforming for me and I know the show lives on because you are the queen of morning television.”
According to E!, Michael is scheduled to leave ‘Live’ earlier than his original September departure date.
“After meeting with the producers of both Live and Good Morning America, and after speaking with Kelly and Michael, we have decided on a plan that best advantages both shows for the future. To that end, Michael’s last day on Live will be on Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have a nice send-off for him during the May book, but to also immediately begin the on-air search for a new co-host,” a show spokesperson tells E! News. “This plan also allows GMA to start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September.”
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