Kelly Ripa Opens Up About What Really Happened With Michael Strahan

May 11, 2016  •  Post A Comment

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.

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  1. Love you Kelly! Michael will do well and you will be fine..

  2. Kelly needs to get over herself. This wasn’t about her but she made it about her. She’s annoying. I only watch for Michael. When he’s done so am I.

  3. Well, considering she’s half of the team and has been there longer, it IS about her and rightly so. She was disrespected.

  4. 14-15 million a year? To work a couple of hours a day. And to chat with folks….with people mostly writing your questions!? I wish my bosses would disrespect ME that much!

  5. I’m done with the show when Michael leaves. Kelly is acting like a spoiled brat. She’s annoying as it is now even more so.

  6. All of this because she wasn’t told a day or two earlier. Very silly.

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