Kelly Ripa provided insights into what went on behind the scenes with ABC’s handling of the news that Michael Strahan, her co-host on “Live! with Kelly & Michael,” would be leaving the show. In an exclusive interview with People, Ripa talked about feeling disrespected after she heard the news at almost the same time that it went public.
But she also appears to have gained perspective on the situation. “There’s a part of me that can say, ‘Okay, I understand. This may have been an oversight,'” she told People. “And again, after 26 years, at this point we are like a family. And sometimes when you are so comfortable with somebody, you may not give them the same consideration as somebody you’re not as comfortable with — a certain formality falls away.”
Ripa added: “I’m not dealing with monsters. I don’t think of anybody as a monster or out to get me. But sometimes stability and dependability can be misinterpreted as passive. Like, ‘Oh, we don’t have to worry about her, she’s fine. She’s fine.’
“And I am fine, but I need assurances that we’re all going to be fine.”
Strahan’s last day on”Live!” is set for Friday. We encourage readers to click on the link to People near the top of this story to read the magazine’s full report.