Kelly Ripa, the most famous striker since the air traffic controllers, is ending her boycott of her talk show.
The Live! co-host will return to her ABC show on Tuesday, she told her show’s staff in a memo obtained by Variety.
“I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information,” Ripa said in the memo. “Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning.”
Ripa hasn’t been seen on the set of the show since Wednesday, when ABC announced that her co-host Michael Strahan, would be leaving in September to join Good Morning America. Ripa allegedly did not learn about Strahan's exit until just before it was announced, something she reportedly saw as the "ultimate betrayal."
Ripa was spotted on Thursday leaving her New York apartment with a copy of the Malcolm Gladwell book, David and Goliath. She has otherwise remained silent throughout the ordeal, perhaps proving that the best place to avoid workplace drama is in the Caribbean, where "sources" told People that she was on an anniversary trip with her husband, Mark Consuelos.
Ripa has hosted Live! since 2001, first co-hosting with Regis Philbin and then doing a brief solo stint in 2011 with a series of rotating co-hosts after Philbin's retirement. Michael Strahan’s stint as co-host began on September 4, 2012.
Although the pair have always been friendly on-air (which has been key to the show’s success), sources told Page Six that “they could not stand each other” and their chemistry was “all for the show.” Ouch.
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