As everyone in the western world is aware, Kelly Ripa finally came back to work at “Live with Kelly and Michael” Tuesday morning, a week after she was blindsided with news that co-host Michael Strahan was taking a job with “Good Morning America.” And sure, she said lots of nice things about getting on with things and “starting a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace,” but it’s not so much what viewers heard as what they saw that told the real story.
First off, the cameras stayed trained on Ripa for her entire opening remarks, not evening cutting to Strahan when she specifically addressed him. He didn’t pop up on screen again until they met at their usual high table. And once they were there? Hoo boy. Ripa’s perky facade crumbled each time Strahan leaned in close to her or whenever he took over speaking duties. Not that we were necessarily expecting them to be besties all of a sudden, but damn. That was awkward.
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