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Kelly Ripa is back everybody. After an unusual and drama filled week the bubbly Live! with Kelly and Michael host returns to her chair and opened up over the last few’ bizarre’ days. “Our long national nightmare is over. Please be seated. I am going to be completely honest. I’m fairly certain that there are trained professional snipers with tranquilizer darts in case I drift too far off message. I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming back to this show. The love, the show of support through this bizarre time has been really overwhelming. I really need a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with the company, I earned the right — and let’s be honest, I know half of us called in sick to be here today, so we get each other.” I like she stood her ground. She has earned the right not to be blindsided after 26 years with the company—ABC!
She continued, “In that time, I gained some perspective. I always speak from the heart, I didn’t want to come out here and say something I might regret. So 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. And since we’re being honest, I don’t consider this just a workplace — this is my second home. This is a place that I’ve devoted myself to not just because of you, our loyal viewers but because of all of the producers and incredible crew who work on this show. We have an incredible team completely devoted to one another. We are family. Apologies have been made and the best thing to come from all of this, you guys, is that our parent company has assured me that ‘Live’ is a priority. (Guys, calm down, they didn’t say anything about Christmas bonuses.) But there is a commitment to this show and the people who work here and to you, the viewers, who have watched us every day for 30 years.“
“I am thrilled for Michael, I am thrilled for you. This is a tremendous opportunity and I couldn’t be and we couldn’t be prouder of you and everything we’ve accomplished together. So back to the show. This is entertainment. it’s supposed to be entertaining, so let’s get back to what we do best and start the show.”
“Incidentally, I just want to say one thing: My dad, who was a bus driver for 30 years, thinks that we’re all crazy, and I think he’s right.”
Of course Michael had a little something to say. “I’m so happy you’re back. One thing I know about you is you love this show, you love the fans, you love this staff, I love you, and I’m so happy you’re here. This show has been transforming for me, and I know this show lives on because you are the queen of morning television.”
This is called elegance and grace with a touch of #BOSS. Well done Kelly! Rumor has it that a lot of apologies were in order for Kelly.
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