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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.
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.
Originally posted 04/25/2016 01:45PM
Andy Cohen feels like Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan's TV relationship was cut short.
On Monday, the Watch What Happens Live host and close friend of Ripa didn't hold back as he discussed Strahan's shocking departure from Live!, during his weekly show Andy Cohen Live on SiriusXM's Radio Andy.
"The two of them had such great chemistry," said Cohen. "I'm just looking at this like it's a premature end to a great relationship."
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.
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."
Live! Is at a Loss on How to Move Forward Once Kelly Ripa Returns to Set: 'She Has Gone Radio Silent'
Originally posted 04/22/2016 11:50AM
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan and had peacefully worked together on Live! With Kelly and Michael for four years until Tuesday's abrupt news that Strahan is leaving the show in September Good Morning America. Now can the co-hosts make it a few more months?
A TV insider tells PEOPLE that Ripa "has gone radio silent" since Strahan's bombshell, leaving producers at a loss for how to move forward.
"As far as the plan to keep the peace until September, basically you have one side that wants to do that and another that is still unclear," says the source.
Another insider echoes that Ripa, 45, has been "radio silent," adding that the network "doesn't have a plan. They're not booking guest hosts. The hope is that they know more later today. The hope is that she comes back on Tuesday."
Throwback Thursday: Hillary Clinton Fights for Women's Rights in 1988 First Appearance on Good Morning America
Originally posted 04/21/2016 03:35PM
Present-day Hillary Clinton met 1988 Hillary Clinton Thursday and found that 28 years have changed her hairstyle – but not her agenda.
Kelly Ripa's 20th-Anniversary Vacation off to a Bittersweet Start After Michael Strahan Bombshell, Says Source
Originally posted 04/21/2016 03:10PM
The 45-year-old jetted off to the Turks and Caicos islands to celebrate her 20th anniversary right after learning that her co-host Michael Strahan was leaving their show Live! for a full-time spot on Good Morning America.
But, according to a source, Ripa has felt the turbulence in the days leading up to her trip.
"Here she is trying to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary, a trip she's had on the books for months, and everything explodes, right before she was due to go," the source tells PEOPLE.
The source adds, "She's really hurt, in part because now this is hanging over her as she goes to celebrate this milestone."
Originally posted 04/21/2016 02:20PM
Michael Strahan stands to significantly raise his profile – and his salary – in his upcoming move from Live! With Kelly and Michael to Good Morning America, sources tell PEOPLE.
Michael Strahan Thanks Kelly Ripa for Showing Him the Ropes at Live! in Second Show Since His Departure Announcement
Originally posted 04/21/2016 09:30AM
Michael Strahan gave a big shout-out to co-host Kelly Ripa Thursday morning, thanking her for showing him the morning show ropes – as he got a big round of applause from his new colleagues on Good Morning America.
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