Michael Strahan's announcement in April 2016 that he would be leaving Live to join Good Morning America full-time shocked no one more than Kelly Ripa. After being kept in the dark about her co-host's move, Ripa did not show up to Live the next day. (The official party line was that Ripa had the "day off," but she reportedly called producers at midnight to say she would not be coming in.) Ripa returned a week later. "Our long national nightmare is over," Ripa said. "I first want to honestly sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to the show. The show of support in this bizarre time has been overwhelming. I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with the company, I earned the right."
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