Michael Strahan Opens Up About Kelly Ripa Returning To 'Live'

Things might get awkward tomorrow.
Television host Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Television host Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
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Kelly Ripa returns to "Live with Kelly and Michael" on Tuesday for the first time in nearly a week.

On Monday's episode of the show, Michael Strahan spoke about his co-host returning, saying, "She's going to be back tomorrow, which we are all excited about."

Ripa was a no-show on "Live" the day after Michael Strahan unexpectedly announced his departure for a gig with "Good Morning America." Her absence from the show seemed to confirm that she was left in the dark regarding Strahan's big announcement, though ABC told Variety that Ripa was taking a "previously-scheduled vacation."

In an email to staffers last week, Ripa thanked everyone "for giving me the time to process this new information," somewhat disputing the "vacation" theory.

"Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me," Ripa wrote, according to E! News. "We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning. Love, Kelly."

No matter what happened behind the scenes with Strahan and Ripa, we're sure they'll be total professionals on "Live" Tuesday morning.

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