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After being blindsided by news of her co-host’s departure, Kelly Ripa defended her actions and opened up about what really happened.
As Michael Strahan prepares to leave “Live! With Kelly and Michael” after nearly four years, Ripa said she is “excited” for him, despite what transpired in the last few weeks, according to People magazine.
News of Strahan’s move to “Good Morning America” was shared with Ripa moments before being publicly announced, leaving her stunned and feeling betrayed. “There’s a part of me that can say, ‘Okay, I understand. This may have been an oversight,’ ” Ripa told People.
She defended her decision to step away and clear her head after the announcement, skipping the show the next day and taking a sudden week-long trip with her husband.
“I think what people need to understand about the entire situation is that I didn’t just not show up,” Ripa said. “I said, in the room, ‘I am going to take the day off.’ I needed to actually sit and gather information. I needed to make sure I said the appropriate things on TV and didn’t just come out and say whatever.”
Ripa, who has hosted “Live” since 2001, said “people deserve respect,” in the workplace and should be “treated equally and with dignity.”
“I’m not dealing with monsters. I don’t think of anybody as a monster or out to get me,” the 45 year-old mother of three said. “But sometimes stability and dependability can be misinterpreted as passive. Like, ‘Oh, we don’t have to worry about her, she’s fine. She’s fine.’ ”
Ripa noted that Strahan’s exit, though great news for him, had a different effect on others on the show.
“I get it. We’re excited for Michael. He wanted that job, and it’s great for him. I think it is a perfect match, I really do,” Ripa told People. “However, what nobody considered is there’s a whole other group of people that it really impacts, because we have to now find another great person.”
After time to process and have the air cleared, Ripa is ready to forgive.
“People make mistakes, and we’re all human,” she said. “They’re human and I’m human. We all have these moments, and it’s about how you move forward and how you begin again.”
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