Could Kelly Ripa have made a better return? The answer is no. Watch her full speech from the April 26 show here!
Kelly Ripa was nearly in tears on Live! with Kelly & Michael on April 26 when she returned to the show for the first time since Michael Strahan announced that he was leaving the show to head to Good Morning America full time. However, she made many valid points during her speech while staying poise and respectful. Watch the entire speech here.
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Here’s the full transcription:
“Guys, our long national nightmare is over,” she began her speech, holding back tears. “I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming be me back to this show. The love, the show of support to this bizarre time has been really overwhelming. I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right—and let’s be honest, I know all of you called in sick to be here.”
“I didn’t want to come out here and just say something I might regret,” she continued. “What transpired, though, over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace. Since we’re being honest, I don’t consider this just a workplace. This is my second home. This is a place I’ve devoted myself to, not just because of you, our loyal viewers, but because of all the producers and the crew who work on this show. We are family.”
“Apologies have been made and the best thing to come out of all of this you guys, is that our parent company has assured me that Live! is a priority,” she said. “There is a commitment to this show and the people that work here and most importantly to you, the viewers, who have watched us every day for 30 years. I am thrilled for Michael. I am thrilled for you; this is a tremendous opportunity. I couldn’t be—and we couldn’t be—prouder of you and everything you have accomplished.”
With that, Michael also chimed in. “I’m so happy you’re back. One thing I know about you is you love this show, you love the fans, you love this staff, I love you, and I’m so happy you’re here,” he said. “This show has been transforming for me, and I know this show lives on because you are the queen of morning television.”