WATCH: Michael Strahan Shows Love for Kelly Ripa During ‘GMA’ Visit as She Makes Her First Public Appearance His Split
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Michael Strahan paid a visit to his new Good Morning America family at ABC after his departure from Live! With Kelly and Michael was announced on Tuesday. Despite rumors that Kelly Ripa was “livid” as a result of being blindsided by his new gig, Strahan put on a happy face to receive congratulations from his future full-time co-hosts, Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos.
“We cannot wait for you full-time,” said Stephanopoulos. “Are you ready?”
“I’m ready. I need some tips on how to wake up early every day. That’s going to be first and foremost, but it’s like my second family here,” replied Strahan before reflecting on his stint at Live!. “I’ve been sitting next to Kelly every day and having a lot of fun on that show for the last four years. I’m very thankful for her—to her—because I learned so much from her.”
Strahan admits that Ripa was his guiding light in developing a television personality.
“I was so new to all of this. If it weren’t for her, if it weren’t for [executive producer] Michael Gelman and the staff there that really boosted me up and made me look a lot better than I really am, I never would have had a chance to be here,” said Strahan. “But I’m grateful that I’m here. And we’re on the same network. I’m just right over here a little bit earlier now, but we’re the same team, same family, same network.”
Ripa, who was informed by executives about his break from the show after a taping on Tuesday morning, was spotted out in New York on Thursday with her husband, Mark Consuelos, before they depart for a trip to Turks and Caicos that was planned before Strahan’s announcement. Erin Andrews and Shay Mitchell will sit in for Ripa on the show while she’s away next week.
TMZ says that ABC executives aren’t concerned that Ripa will jump ship on the show due to the paycheck that feeds her expensive taste. “She makes a lot of money, but she spends a lot of money, and so does [Consuelos],” a source said.
Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Ripa out and about this morning in New York City.