Kelly Ripa's Return to 'Live': High Stakes for Everyone Involved

Kelly Ripa speaks about her return to "LIVE with Kelly and Michael.

Kelly Ripa speaks about her return to "LIVE with Kelly and Michael.

Kelly Ripa Says She Will Return to 'Live' on Tuesday

That's the big question being discussed throughout the daytime television community since Ripa revealed Friday she will be back on Live With Kelly and Michael Tuesday morning after a high-profile sick-out. How her return is handled could have ramifications for ABC and its two morning franchises, Good Morning America and Live, for Ripa herself and for her co-host Michael Strahan.

Insiders expect Ripa to acknowledge her unscheduled absence from the show, but ultimately offer an olive branch to Strahan, who will depart Live this summer for a full-time job at GMA. Ripa's anger over Strahan's departure and, more significantly, over ABC executives keeping her in the dark about it until minutes before the news broke April 19, caused her to boycott her own show last week. Sources say Ripa and Strahan have not spoken since Strahan informed her he will join GMA in September. But they had a cordial exchange of text messages on Saturday, according to one source. In a Friday night email to the Live staff that judiciously was leaked to the media, Ripa thanked her colleagues for giving her “the time to process” the “new information" of Strahan’s impending departure. 

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