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'We Made It!' Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan Wrap Their First Week Since He Announced He's Leaving Live!

Originally posted 04/29/2016 12:50PM

[YOUTUBE "TwXIaj1W9KQ"] Kelly Ripa was the first to admit she's relieved this week is over.

On Friday's Live! With Kelly and Michael, both she and co-host Michael Strahan excitedly welcomed the weekend, with Strahan saying at the top of the show: "We made it."

"Guys, we made it!" Ripa echoed as the crowd cheered. "Calm down, we got through it. It's the weekend! Oh, I love the weekend."

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Kathie Lee Gifford to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan: 'Be Professional' Despite the Live! Drama

Originally posted 04/27/2016 01:10PM

Former Live! co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford, has some sound advice for Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan: Be professional.

Ripa's predecessor appeared on Fox11 to weigh in on Strahan's shocking departure from Live! for a new role at Good Morning America.

"Be totally professional," said Gifford, 62. "I would keep anything that is going on between you private. It's nobody's business but yours. But always, always be professional at your job. That's what you're hired to do."

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Bellamy Young Details Backstage 'Tension' Before Kelly Ripa's Return to Live!

Originally posted 04/26/2016 01:55PM

Kelly Ripa made her much-anticipated return to Live! With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday a week after co-host Michael Strahan announced his plans to leave the show – and Bellamy Young was there to watch it all unfold.

The Scandal star was the first guest on the morning talk show, following what she later called Ripa's "détente" during an appearance on Jenny McCarthy's Dirty, Sexy, Funny SiriusXM radio show.

Of the vibe at the morning show following a dramatic week, Young said, "They were tense, bless their hearts."

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Michael Strahan to Step Down from Live! on May 13 – Four Months Earlier Than Announced – as Kelly Ripa Makes Her Return

Originally posted 04/26/2016 12:00PM

Michael Strahan will be stepping down from his role as co-host of Live! early, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

"May 13 is his last show," a source tells PEOPLE. "He'll take the summer off and GMA can integrate him early before September, and this will give Live! more time to find the co-host. He's totally fine with that. Now he can enjoy his summer."

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Kelly Ripa Is 'Glad to Get the Drama Behind Her' as She Returns to Live! After Tense, Weeklong Absence

Originally posted 04/26/2016 10:10AM

Returning to the Live! stage alongside her co-host Michael Strahan on Tuesday, Kelly Ripa joked that "our long national nightmare is over."

And a source tells PEOPLE she's hoping her return, after a tense, weeklong absence – which began after the star, 45, was "blindsided" by the news that Strahan would be leaving to co-host Good Morning America – will put an end to the drama and tension.

"Kelly was glad to be getting the drama behind her," says a source.

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Kelly Ripa Says Live! Drama Opened Up a Conversation About 'Respect in the Workplace' – Read Her Full Speech

Originally posted 04/26/2016 10:00AM

Kelly Ripa returned to Live! one week after the bombshell announcement that her co-host Michael Strahan will be leaving the show in September for a full-time gig at Good Morning America.

In a defiant speech that earned a standing ovation, she assured fans that Live! "is a priority" for the network (despite speculation that it might be on the chopping block in a move to bolster GMA). She also noted that she's "earned the right" to take some time away from the transitional drama to gather her thoughts. She concluded that she's "thrilled" for Strahan, who, for his part, called her the "queen of morning television."

Read Ripa's full remarks, and Strahan's own on-air response, below.

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Kelly Ripa Says She Will Return to Live! Alongside Michael Strahan After Weeklong Absence, Tensions: 'We Are a Family'

UpdatePosted 04/22/2016 11:00PM

Kelly Ripa Says She Will Return to Live! Alongside Michael Strahan After Weeklong Absence, Tensions: 'We Are a Family'

Originally posted 04/23/2016 12:05AM

Kelly Ripa has said she will be returning to co-host Live! With Kelly and Michael! alongside Michael Strahan PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

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UpdatePosted 04/22/2016 01:50PM

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan 'Unlikely' to Ever Co-Host Live! Together Again, Says Source: 'That's Not a Viable Option Anymore'

Originally posted 04/22/2016 12:40PM

It may be the end of an era.

A source says Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan may never co-host Live! again after she was "blindsided" by the announcement Tuesday that he would be leaving to co-host Good Morning America.

"I don't believe that co-hosting together is a viable option anymore," a source tells PEOPLE. "Anything is possible, but that doesn't seem like a viable option. Practically, it's a different dynamic now."

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Michael Strahan Has 'Called and Texted' Kelly Ripa amid Live! Drama, as Source Says Staffers Are 'Flying Blind'

Originally posted 04/22/2016 01:45PM

Michael Strahan has been continuously trying to reach out to his Live! co-host Kelly Ripa in the wake of the news that she felt "betrayed" by his move to Good Morning America, but she has not been receptive, sources tell PEOPLE.

"Michael has called her and reached out to her and texted her and she is not acknowledging him," a source says, adding that Ripa, 45, has gone radio silent when it comes to discussing her plans with ABC executives.

"She's not engaging with management," the source tells PEOPLE.

A source close to Strahan, 44, confirms Ripa "has not called him back. She won't get back to him. He total understands why she's upset. He gets it. And he hopes she will come back. He feels bad about this for her."

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