Kelly Ripa Returns To ‘Live!’ After Michael Strahan Announces He’s Leaving And Her “Fuck This Shit” Moment

Well, that didn’t take long. Kelly Ripa returned to ‘Live!’ after Michael Strahan announced his departure from the show they’ve co-hosted since 2012, putting to rest our “long national nightmare” that was morning television’s mom and dad “fighting” and “distraught.” Ripa walked out during Tuesday morning’s broadcast holding hands with Strahan and addressed the camera solo about her perceived “diva-like” behavior in the wake of the news that Strahan is departing for “Good Morning, America.”

“I want to honestly and sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to the show, the show of support to this bizarre time has been over welcome… After being here 26 years I earned the right to process this. In that timed I gained perspective, I didn’t want to say something I regret.”

Ripa did what any intelligent, savvy person who spends most of their time in public would do and took some time off to process the information that her professional life was changing. Sources reported to People that her three-day absence was due to a “pre-planned” vacation, and if that’s what they want to say, then who are we to speculate whether or not that was actually the case? Furthermore, does it matter? A public meltdown in front of the cameras, with all of America watching is admittedly a bad look and not necessarily the family-friendly fare your Aunt Elaine wants to see when she tunes into “Live!” every morning with a soft-boiled egg, some toast and the crossword puzzle.

“Our long national nightmare is over,” she quipped, before launching into an apology.

“I want to honestly and sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to the show, the show of support to this bizarre time has been over welcome,” she continued. “After being here 26 years I earned the right to process this. In that timed I gained some perspective. I always speak from the heart so I didn’t want to come out here and say something I regret.”

But, according to People, sources close to Strahan claim that he was “”hurt by her reaction” and concerned about the “very public way” she chose to process her emotions. “You can’t not show up for work,” the source stated. “If you’re going to have a meltdown you don’t to it publicly.”  The spin here, of course, is that Ripa’s autonomous decision to, you know, take the “vacation” she may or may not have planned casts her immediately as the villain — the scorned, angry woman, petulant in her dressing gown, ignoring the impassioned pleas of her makeup artist to put on her shoes, walk onstage and do her damn job.

Ripa’s reaction put a “damper” on Strahan’s move to GMA and the subtext of this is clear: Ripa stole the spotlight from Strahan by showing out. Ripa the “diva” was unprofessional for having emotions. Ripa, as a woman, should’ve shut up, sit down and swallowed her emotions because they’re unseemly. Fear the angry woman because you don’t understand her, but certainly don’t let her take the time to process.

Ripa’s absence, for what it’s worth, was filled by Ana Gasteyer, Erin Andrews and the shiny, beautiful hair of Shay Mitchell. Strahan will continue at “Live!” through the summer and is expected to start his co-hosting gig at “Good Morning, America” in September.