Time for Kelly Ripa to share HER side of the story.
We reported on this whole Michael Strahan leaving Live! With Kelly and Michael debacle a while back, but post- vacay Kelly’s got a clearer head and took an interview with People about how she’s feeling. And yes, she’s doing the whole diplomatic being “excited” for the soon-to-be Good Morning America star, but you can tell she’s still super wounded about the whole thing:
“There’s a part of me that can say, ‘Okay, I understand. This may have been an oversight,’ ” Ripa explains of getting the information late. “And again, after 26 years, at this point we are like a family. And sometimes when you are so comfortable with somebody, you may not give them the same consideration as somebody you’re not as comfortable with – a certain formality falls away.”
A source told People in April that Ripa felt “betrayed and so hurt” by how Strahan’s announcement was handled, and she later explained to the show’s audience that the entire scenario highlighted the importance of “communication, consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace.”
“I think that all people are deserving of fair treatment in the work place. People deserve respect,” Ripa tells PEOPLE. “People should be treated equally and with dignity.”
She continues, “I think that requires a certain amount of empathy on a level. When you’re dealing with big business, it’s easy to forget that you’re dealing with people and that people have feelings. It’s easy to just look at it like a business unit, a unit, a unit.”
Despite the drama, Ripa realizes that this is a business and maybe she’s seen as stronger than she looks: “I’m not dealing with monsters. I don’t think of anybody as a monster or out to get me. But sometimes stability and dependability can be misinterpreted as passive. Like, ‘Oh, we don’t have to worry about her, she’s fine. She’s fine.’
See? She sounds a little wounded, still. How do you think she’s been handling Michael’s news?