Kelly Ripa addressed the current controversy of the decision to shift co-host Michael Strahan from “Live with Kelly and Michael” to “Good Morning America” full time.
“Our long national nightmare is over,” joked the host as she returned after a four day “break” in protest of how the powers that be at ABC treated her.
One would think that after 26 years of faithfully serving a network Kelly would have “earned the right,” in her words, to have been treated with greater consideration than what she was shown.
Ripa said the dispute started a “much greater conversation” across the country “about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace.”
“I didn’t want to come out here and say something I might regret” said Kelly in her roughly 5 minute address to viewers with Michael quietly by her side. She certainly got to address the shake-up better than Anne Curry did when she was unceremoniously and very publicly given the boot from “The Today Show” after years of good service (we still miss her).
Ripa also said the flare-up over Strahan’s move after four successful years as “Live” co-host spurred apologies to her from ABC top brass. Smartly she did not name names -she does want to keep her job after all. We would love to be a fly on the wall in the negotiating room when her contract is up for renewal.In another unusual example of a host lifting the veil on behind-the-camera power maneuvers, Ripa told viewers that execs pledged to her that “Live,” which airs on ABC O&O stations and is syndicated by Disney/ABC in the rest of the country, is a valued asset for the Mouse.