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Kelly Ripa On Michael Strahan's Exit: "People Should Be Treated Equally and With Dignity"

Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Live With Kelly and Michael

Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Live With Kelly and Michael

In the upcoming issue of People, Kelly Ripa gets very candid on Michael Strahan's departure of Live! With Kelly and Michael. According to Ripa, she is fine  withand happy for Strahan moving to greener pastures. However, the way ABC handled it rubbed her the wrong way. Ripa revealed:

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.

Ripa explains it was the lack of communication and respect she was given surrounding Strahan's exit to Good Morning America that bothered her. Ripa stated:

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I think that all people are deserving of fair treatment in the work place. People deserve respect. People should be treated equally and with dignity.