Despite Disney-ABC's insistence that Ripa's absence is due to a previously schedule vacation — as opposed to Michael Strahan quitting Live! for Good Morning America — the chat queen confirmed the situation with Strahan played a factor in her taking a break. Below is an L.A. Times excerpt featuring Ripa's email:
"Hi guys. (Sorry for this late Friday night email). I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information," Ripa wrote in the message, obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning. Love, Kelly."
According to TMZ, Ripa agreed to return after The Mouse House assured her Live! isn't being cancelled. The gossip website also claims Ripa wants Strahan out before his scheduled September exodus.