Kelly Ripa Makes Emotional Return to ‘Live’: ‘Apologies Have Been Made’

“I  am certain that there are trained professional snipers with tranquilizer darts in case I drift too far off message.”

It’s been one hell of a week for Kelly Ripa, and it looks like she’s ready to put it all behind her. Last Tuesday (Apr. 19, 2016), Michael Strahan shocked viewers, and his cohost, when he announced he’ll be leaving Live with Kelly and Michael in September, for a full-time gig at Good Morning America. After being giving no warning of the major changes happening to her show, Ripa promptly took the rest of the week off to digest the information.

Now the morning show queen is back, and she wasted no time diving right into the controversy surrounding Strahan’s impending departure.

“Guys, guys, our long national nightmare is over. Please sit down. Look I am going to be completely honest. I  am certain that there are trained professional snipers with tranquilizer darts in case I drift too far off message,” she jokes. “I want to sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to this show. The love, the show of support through his bizarre time has been really overwhelming. I needed a couple of days to collect my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right. And, let’s be honest, half of you called in sick to be here, so we get each other!

“In that time, I gained perspective. I always speak from the heart. I didn’t want to come out here and say something I might regret. 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 of the producers and the crew that work on this show. We have an incredible team. We are incredibly devoted to one another. We are family.

“Apologies have been made. The best thing to come out of this is our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority.”

Ripa went on to reassure Strahan and the viewers that she is thrilled for the opportunity he’s been given, and couldn’t be prouder.

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