Couldn’t be by your TV to see Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa part ways? No worries; we live blogged all of Michael Strahan’s last ‘Live’ episode with Kelly Ripa.
Kelly Ripa, 45, and Michael Strahan, 44, co-hosted together for their final time, and with all of the drama over the past month, we knew it would be a big day. On May 13 — yes, Friday the 13th — the two stepped on their NYC stage for the last time together, and honestly were all smiles. They’ve been putting on happy faces since Michael announced he was leaving last month, so we couldn’t wait to see how it all went down.
The two walked out hand in hand as usual, and after sitting at the table she wrapped her arms around his shoulders, giving him a sitting hug. “We did it! We made it out here, at least,” Michael said, before Kelly pointed out the date. “Guys, guys, don’t take this as a bad sign. It’s Friday the 13th! It is your final day on the show we all came today to celebrate you,” she said before making a joke. “And we want to remind the audience that there is discounted merchandise at the kiosk for these collector’s items,” Kelly said. Executive producer Michael Gelman also chimed in, saying, “We doubled the price!”
Of course, then it was time for Michael to get emotional. “It’s bittersweet. Of course you get nervous,” he said about his departure and move to Good Morning America. “This is a moment that I didn’t anticipate being here, at least at this point. But it’s here and we’re going to enjoy it. I’m not dying! I’m still in the family, and I’m still available to come back if I’m ever called to co-host. I’m not going anywhere. I’m not gone. So, there we go.” With that, Kelly said “You can fill in for me, I start vacation in a couple of weeks!” He quickly joined without missing a beat, was “I don’t know about that — too soon.” Later in the show when a fan called in and won a trip, Kelly said she’d happily join the woman on vacation. “Michael has volunteered to host for me,” she said with a smile.
Of course, there were many montages of the best Michael moments over the past four years, ending with a very emotional montage, lots of kisses and hugs and yes, some gifts. She had a pair of actual heels he wore on the show bronzed for him (size 16!), a framed pic of a throwback of the two of them, and then an album of pics of them together.
“No matter where you go, you’re always here with us. Always,” she said. “I just want to say on behalf of myself an all of us, we couldn’t be prouder of you. You have given us so much joy in the mornings, from your smile to your sense of humor to your horrible French accent. We really are so so proud of you. I look forward to watching you every morning and seeing what you achieve.”
Michael reiterated that it was “very bittersweet,” but also gave a huge thank you to the network, the cast and crew and the audience, who he called “the third co-hosts.” He ended with Kelly. “You are the best. I love you baby!”
Are you sad to see Michael go, HollywoodLifers?