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Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan reunited on Tuesday morning on their ABC morning show, Live! With Kelly and Michael following what Ripa is calling a national nightmare.

The pair have been at odds since last week’s announcement that Michael would be leaving the show for a full time position with Good Morning America, a move that the veteran host learned about the same morning the world found out.

For Ripa, she felt disrespected and blindsided, emotions she made sure to express when she made her return this morning after taking a week off. “Guys, our long national nightmare is over. Please, sit down, please, please. Please be seated,” she told the audience.

“I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to this show,” she said. “The love, the show of support to this bizarre time has been really overwhelming. I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right—and let’s be honest, I know half of you called in sick to be here…I didn’t want to come out here and just say something I might regret. 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.”

She continued, “Since we’re being honest, I don’t consider this just a workplace. This is my second home. This is a place I’ve devoted myself to, not just because of you, our loyal viewers, but because of all the producers and the crew who work on this show…We are family apologizes have been made and the best thing to come out of all of this you guys, is that our parent company has assured me that Live! is a priority.”

“There is a commitment to this show and the people that work here and most importantly to you, the viewers, who have watched us every day for 30 years,” Ripa explained. “I am thrilled for Michael. I am thrilled for you this is a tremendous opportunity. I couldn’t be—and we couldn’t be—prouder of you and everything you have accomplished.”

In response, Strahan, told his longtime co-host, “I’m so happy you’re back. One thing I know about you is you love this show, you love the fans, you lvoe 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.”

Last week on GMA Stahan explained that he is “very thankful for her [Kelly]—to her—because I learned so much from her.”

Michael’s last show will be in September.



Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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