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44 April 26th, 2016 Kelly Ripa Returns To “Live” Says What Transpired Opened Up A Conversation About Communication, Consideration & Respect In The Workplace!

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“Our national nightmare is over,” joked Kelly Ripa on her return to “Live” Tuesday morning.  Addressing the studio audience and viewers at home, Ripa says she spoke from the heart, but did not want to mess up this important speech.

After walking out with Strahan hand in hand, she spoke solo and began:  “I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to the show. The show of support in this bizarre time has been overwhelming.”

Kelly reminded us that she has had a long 26 year relationship with ABC starting form her days at All My Children, adding: “I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right.”

Making it an issue of the time we live, Kelly added: ” What transpired over the course of a few days has been extraordinary, in the sense that it started a much larger conversation about communication and consideration and most importantly respect in the workplace. And since we’re being honest, I don’t consider this just a workplace. This is my second home.”  She added that there was an upside to all the controversy: “Our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority,”

As for Strahan exiting for GMA, Ripa expressed: “I am thrilled for Michael. I am thrilled for you. This is a tremendous opportunity and I couldn’t be, and we couldn’t be, prouder of you and everything we’ve accomplished together.”

Watch Kelly’s return to “Live” after the jump.  Then let us know what you thought of her speech! Comment below.

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  1. Vicki Black says:

    Class act. Snipers in the wings be damned. She is being very generous to Michael. Personally, I am ready for his exit now.

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    Maureen Lynch replied

    I agree with you and yes I’m ready for him to leave. No reason to hang around now.

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    Patrick replied

    Michael Strahan….

    tall dark and HANDSOME

    with gobs of personality… with a loaded sense of humor

    he’s as natural as they come

    former NFL STAR

    so at ease with himself

    HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER DEMOGRAPHIC BOOSTER

    I am certain… after awhile… being around obvious and same ole same ale gets stale and puts a damper on “things”

    ABC knows what they want

    Kelly Rippa is in a panic

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  2. Leslye A. says:

    I think Kelly did great. She hit the right tone – a little serious and a little humor. The ABC/Disney execs are the ones that screwed this up..

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    Carolyn Hare replied

    Agree. ” Class act”. Kelly Ripa is the Queen of Daytime. ♥

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    Kevin replied

    SHOCK!

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  3. Jonboy says:

    If I did at my job what she did at hers I would have been terminated.

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    Tomas Torquemada replied

    THIS.

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  4. Frank says:

    Kelly Ripa you are loved and happy that you are back. ABC are vultures, they will stab you in the back. Cancelling OLTL and AMC, was the worst mistake ABC made. They won’t admit there mistake.

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    Oh, Frank, don’t you see it? Yes, they canceled those soaps but they created a new daytime one just last week and it is called LIVE WITH KELLY and (whomever). This is becoming comical. They had me last week, but now I don’t believe one word of this “story.”

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  5. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Show got a lot of badly needed publicity…

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    Uh huh. I know where you are going with this and I agree. :-)

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  6. Llanviewer717 says:

    “Our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority,” When the alphabet network/mouse company says that, it’s time to start packing your bags. Do not trust those people.

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  7. mark says:

    Kelly is so classy. Love her!

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  8. PJ says:

    Kelly is 100% a Class Act and a consummate PROFESSIONAL. Michael came from a different area of “entertainment”, sports. Thus, he may not have fully understood the importance of keeping your “partner” in the loop, I think he REALLY gets it now. The ABC brass is another story, after the “Soaps Debacle”, you’d think they would have learned a lesson or three. Apparently, NOT. Hopefully, they will at least start to recognize that “business as usual” i.e. doing whatever without regard to the feelings of others, or simply common decency, is just as important as “ratings”. Good on You, Kelly, Good On You!

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  9. Rose says:

    Not my usual, but since I’ve been commenting on this subject thought it was only fair to see how it turned out. I realize there must have been a lot of “negotiating” between all the parties as to handle today, but I thought Kelly rose to the occasion as well as could be expected. She did seem just a little uncomfortable, but that’s to be expected based on all the attention the whole thing got.

    I was glad to see the powers that be let her mention the subject of “communication and consideration and most importantly respect in the workplace.” That seemed to be at the heart of what started this drama to begin with. Plus, I will admit..a little ego. But “hey” why not? And it really can be a subject that applies to all of us. I’ll bet many commentors have their own stories to tell.

    And for those who say she should suck it up, she’s making a lot of money, etc., whether you like her, or Live, or not, I think she or anyone in that situation had a right to be upset. I’ve never bought into the “it’s only a job, or it’s just business.” Luckily for her, that not all of us have, is that she had some bargaining power based on a show many like that she helps make happen, and ratings that work for ABC…for now.

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    Patrick replied

    you see… she has to “start” running her “show”

    “her” act just took a hit… a huge one

    a gaping let on her comfort level

    earn you $20 million dollars Ms. Ripa

    all one can ask

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    Patrick replied

    I really like your 2nd para…. spot on… what is glaring… is : I respect… that Ms. Ripa… in other blogs… if you will….

    took one for the team… and I sincerely have posted this as well

    when Men and Women can look each other eye to eye… WITH EQUAL PAY… would certainly align put to rest so much unnecessary bile of “ego” AND “power”

    I’t certainly makes one wonder… since we focus so much on all the comings and goings of this genre… all the money and reasons behind all the energy

    per your nicely stated :

    “…Luckily for her, that not all of us have, is that she had some bargaining power ”

    i’m truly shocked that she makes $20 million a year

    she is not funny
    she is not interesting
    she doesn’t have the personality or mindset to be a host

    she landed in the right place at the right time… and played the sidekick… accommodating… laughed smiled and batted her eyes that much more

    after 12 years… she’s that much more interesting ???

    waste of money ABC

    have to know… she’s like … I love Regis and Michael

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    Patrick replied

    Ripa was announced as official replacement on February 5, 2001.

    she’s been co-hosting… 15 years plus

  10. deb says:

    Kelly did exactly what was needed to turn the page; she placed the blame where in belonged on the exces. People calling for her to be upset with Michael IMO are being ridiculous.

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  11. Freddie King says:

    Why all the applause ? What did she do ? She’s a spoiled no talent little prima donna. I’m sick of seeing articles about her & her husband. She’s SOOO envious that Michael is moving on , and she ‘s not. This show has a history of choosing the WORST possible women to co-host. Kathy Lee Gifford is the most nauseating annoying person I’ve ever seen besides all the candidates this year and al sharpton. The ONLY woman that ever had any class on this show was Joy Philbin. I’m glad Michael is moving on. I wish Kelly would move on…………..out the door !

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    Ray replied

    She makes $15 million a year. I seriously doubt she is envious he is moving on.

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    Patrick replied

    her “nest” is so loaded…. set for life

    I watched yesterday show… I winced and was reaffirmed

    she’s not good at all

    in comparison: Regis and Michael… are huge

  12. Liz says:

    Kelly should be careful because the same “parent company” that told her Live was a priority told Susan Lucci that All My Children was a priority so she would do their bidding and cancelled the show despite their assurances.

    I love Kelly but was appalled the the network didn’t let her mention David Canary’s passing. Especially because they mention almost anyone’s passing in thei first segment.

    It also doesn’t sit well that the network execs think they handled or managed her poorly and came in today to “manage” her. She doesn’t need handling or managing. She needs the respect she is due.

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    Kevin replied

    Did that really happen, “the network didn’t let her mention David Canary’s passing”? I hope that’s just a sad rumor!

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    Liz replied

    Here’s the facts….she didn’t mention his passing!!! She did tweet one tweet about it but didn’t mention it on the show. I find it very hard to believe that was her choice when they mention every other death on the show. They mention people they’ve never met. Mr. Canary won 5 Emmys while on said “parent network” and was without question one of the biggest ABC Daytime stars. No mention? I don’t think so. ABC doesn’t want to hear Kelly mention ANYTHING about All My Children because it makes the audience angry. They don’t want to be reminded and definitely dont want us to be reminded. Yesterday she didn’t even mention the show by name. She said when she was on the soap opera. ABC doesn’t want her to mention the show at all.

  13. k/kay says:

    Sorry she is an employee not a producer she has a job makes lots of money !! What has she got to be pissed about? I find her annoying like nails on a chalk board . Regis thought he was worth tons of money seen him lately? Count your blessings!!!

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    dmr replied

    I completely agree with you. I can’t even stomach to watch her Colgate commercials. She comes across as very fake to me. Not genuine.

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    jaybird369 replied

    dmr…y-e-s. A-n-d…THANK GOODNESS for the invention of the Mute button on the remote control…LOL!!!!! Y-e-p.

    Take care, dmr.

    Nikki replied

    Kay You took the words out of my mouth. So they didn’t tell her. I really do like Kelly but I think she’s gotten a bit too high on herself. There are so many people out of work right now that would think they died and went to Heaven for a job like she has. One hour a day, act funny, interview people and get a million dollars a year. I don’t want to sound cold but try helping”doctors without borders”, help out at your local soup kitchen, take a look at the homeless on the streets of New York begging for a coffee or a meal and try to remember those the next time you take a temper-tantrum.

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    jaybird369 replied

    k/kay…E-X-A-C-T-L-Y!!!!! k/kay…check this out: Years ago, I read an interview in Soap Opera Digest (I think) where Kelly Ripa actually admitted that she’s very, very bossy. Yikes. Oh… and BTW, Kelly needs to realize that it’s a B-U-S-I-N-E-S-S…PERIOD!!!!!

    Take care, k/kay.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Quick correction: ‘Oh…and’.

    My bad.

    Peace.

  14. donna says:

    Kelly is awesome,she spoke the truth and from her heart,maybe the big shots could learn a thing or two,about communication!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO,and RESPECT. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. blake says:

    Kudos to Kelly Ripa. The people are behind her and I can’t wait for her new co-host. I think it would be best if Michael went ahead and went to GMA so we can start the new search.

    Jerry O’Connell would make a fanastic co-host!

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  16. Dino says:

    I love Kelly, she is a beautiful lady and I worship her lol

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  17. blake says:

    Just read that Michael’s last day will be May 13th!

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  18. Rj says:

    I did not see it, but she brought up an important point about respect and communication in the workplace. This is an issue that is so important to be addressed in addition to the pressing issue of income inequality! All the best to Kelly and Michael too!

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  19. Charday says:

    TMZ is saying that Strahan is out in 2 weeks. Can’t blame him wanting to get away from Kelly the Ripper.

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    Peter replied

    Lol Charday, Kelly is innocent and a sexy lady. She spoke from her heart today, I am proud that Kelly Ripa is a classy, sassy lady. Michael will fail at Good Morning America. I am so happy Michael is leaving, don’t let the door hit you Mikey lmao.

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    Tomas Torquemada replied

    He is getting a promotion. She had a meltdown. If I were him I’d be disinterested in sticking around.

    I suspect, sadly, her days are numbered. It’s too much drama for network executives to ever ever want to put up with.

    I get the hard feelings over AMC and OLTL (heck, I still miss Guiding Light). This isn’t that. Her co worker got a promotion. Everyone should be thrilled for someone else’s success.

    If you’re a producer, do you hire someone who behaves like this or do you hire someone a little more stable in their ability to roll with the tide?

    Enjoy her while you can.

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  20. Ray says:

    First of all, I loved the class and humor Kelly used to calm everyone down about this situation. I love Kelly and have since her “AMC” days.

    My question is how many times has ABC Daytime dropped the ball concerning the way they handled delicate situations. Didn’t Kathie Lee feel like she was forced out years ago? Has there ever been more of an injustice than having the cast of “AMC” move to Los Angeles and then have the show cancelled within a year? Michael Easton being fired from “GH” only to be brought back months later? The cancellation of “OLTL?” Replacing “OLTL” with “The Revolution,” “Katie,” and other failures?

    Maybe it is my communications background that tells me that ABC needs not only someone with a COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC RELATIONS background to assist with handling these types of situations. Kelly has been on this show for 10 years and has made ABC a boat load of money. If not, she would have been gone faster than Pine Valley. Yes, she has made a great living too. But, if someone is a positive brand for your company, you keep them in the loop concerning these types of issues.

    I do not know Kelly personally, but I have a hard time thinking she would not have been happy for Michael going to “GMA” full time. I can’t help but see the brass at ABC being a bunch of stuffy, corporate suits who make all of the big decisions and everyone else be damned. If Kathie or Kelly would have left Regis, would he have been kept out of the loop? I think we all know the answer to that question. I am not calling it sexist, but, wait. yes I am.

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  21. dmr says:

    The standing ovation was a bit much and I did not feel as though her rehearsed speech was heartfelt. I thought it was very fake. I think she came across as a spoiled, entitled brat. If I were to pull those antics at my job, I would have been terminated. I do not think that Michael did anything wrong. Like most people would, he took advantage of a great career opportunity-which most likely, he was legally bound to keep quiet about. I think Michael has remained poised and professional during this entire debacle of her terrible behavior.

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    Charday replied

    Yes, so phoney. Why did she (like usual) have to turn it into all about her? It should have been about Strahan–he’s the one leaving! Time to cancel this trainwreck.

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    sandie replied

    I completely agree…as I too have watched her since her AMC days… I am totally disgusted at her behavior toward Micheal. The snide and rude behavior she is showing is NOT professional. And honestly I wish Micheal all the best… He seems to be the only one who seems sincere and at the same time you can see the hurt all over his face…its so not cool. As I said.. I’ve loved Kelly for years.. But now…nope..not anymore. Advice to Kelly…you need to step down off your high horse and remember your roots and start behaving more like a lady instead of a total brat….

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