Kelly Ripa Returns To ‘Live’; Shares Emotional Message With Fans

Lauren Kelly

‘Live!’ host Kelly Ripa and ABC confirmed this afternoon that her co host Michael Strahan is leaving the show a lot earlier than they originally expected.

After returning from a 20th wedding anniversary vacation with her husband Mark Consuelos, Kelly went on to make the announcement on the show this morning. Allegedly last week Kelly was blindsided by the news of Michael leaving, and stormed out obviously upset.

Strahan was originally set to leave the show in the late summer and start full-time on “Good Morning America” in September, but “After meeting with the producers of both ‘Live’ and “GMA,’ and after speaking with Kelly and Michael, we have decided on a plan that best advantages both shows for the future,” an ABC spokesman said.

To that end, Michael’s last day on ‘Live’ will be on Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have a nice send-off for him during the May book, but to also immediately begin the on-air search for a new co-host,” ABC said.

Watch Kelly’s emotional video!

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