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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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UpdatePosted 04/28/2016 09:00AM

10 Celebs Who Could Fill Michael Strahan's Seat as Kelly Ripa's New Live! Co-Host

Originally posted 04/21/2016 04:55PM

With a few weeks remaining until Michael Strahan leaves Live! With Kelly and Michael to enjoy a relaxing summer before he joins Good Morning America full-time, the search for Kelly Ripa's new co-host is just heating up.

While no official announcements have been made about who will fill Strahan's seat, PEOPLE has rounded up a list of possible candidates whose names have been floated – and some who we think would fit the bill.

Keep scrolling to see who is currently in the mix.

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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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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 and Michael Strahan Are Going Through a 'Big, Bad Breakup,' Says Ripa's Pal Andy Cohen

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."

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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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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."

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