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“Our long national nightmare is over.” Indeed it is.

Kelly Ripa couldn’t have said it any better. After a week of non-stop coverage about the drama surrounding Michael Strahan leaving Live With Kelly & Michael! for Good Morning America, it was all put to bed today with Ripa’s return. Within the first five minutes of the show, Ripa addressed the scandal after walking hand-in-hand with Strahan.

“I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to the show. The love, the show of support through this bizarre time has been really overwhelming. I really — I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right, and let’s be honest — I know half of you called in sick to be here, so we get each other.”

Her address then segued to communication, consideration and respect in the workplace. She finished things off by congratulating her co-host on his new gig. Check out the clip below.

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Michael Strahan Leaving Live With Kelly & Michael!

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Looks like Kelly Ripa and Gelman will be on the search to find a new co-host once again. After spending nearly four years alongside the perky blonde, Michael Strahan is leaving the daytime show.

“My time with Live with Kelly and Michael has been transformative, and my departure will be bittersweet,” the former NFL player noted in the release. “Kelly has been an unbelievable partner, and I am so thankful to her and the entire team. I am extremely grateful for the amazing support I’ve received from all of the fans.”

Strahan is expected to leave Live With Kelly & Michael sometime this summer. The 44-year-old personality will join Good Morning America full-time. He began appearing twice a week on GMA in 2014.

“Over the past two years on GMA, Michael’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans and all kinds of newsmakers to a host of modern American cultural icons,” said ABC News president James Goldston in a statement. “He is a great modern thinker and leader, and with our brilliant team in front of and behind the cameras, he will help us drive forward into a very exciting future.”

In addition to GMA, Strahan is expected to host ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid primetime reboot this summer. It’ll be interesting to see if Strahan will continue his work as a Fox Sports anchor, given it’s for a different network.

Who do you think should replace Strahan on Live? Will you miss his banter with Kelly? Weigh in below.

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Well, that didn’t take long. Just days after dropping their new single, “Work From Home,” the girl group has already started the promotional campaign. Fifth Harmony performed their new banger on Live… With Kelly & Michael’s post-Oscar special. How did they manage to get this plum spot?

The girls, dressed in complimentary black-and-white ensembles, hair-flipped their little hearts for the audience. They pretty much executed the same choreography in their sizzling new clip. Check out their performance below.

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Leave it to the Oscars’ first openly gay male host to walk out in his underwear. What homo could resist an opportunity to show off his ripped bod to billions of people, right 😉 I kid. The bit featuring the 41-year-old actor in his tighty whities actually spoofed eventual Best Picture winner Birdman.

Naturally, being the catty gays that most of us are, many wondered exactly how much padding took place. While some extra material was added, it’s not for what you think. The extra fabric wasn’t used to enhance NPH’s personal assets but rather to keep the viewing public viewing from seeing it clearly. Watch Neil explain everything on Live With Kelly And Michael below.

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When the press constantly calls you the next Mariah Carey, it’s only wise to placate them. Ariana Grande continues to channel the “#Beautiful” singer in her latest clip. Whether it’s Carey’s signature short denim shorts, the mismatched prints, outdoor graffiti backdrop or the dancers busting out some old school dance movies, “Baby I” is serving up major 90s realness. It’s a fun visual which should’ve really been released during the summer.

Grande’s debut album Yours, Truly hit the streets this week and immediately shot up to No. 1 on the iTunes album charts. Naturally, Ariana has been everywhere promoting it. One of those engagements saw her performing “Almost Is Never Enough” on Live With Kelly & Michael. Sufficed to say, she slayed it, along with her duet partner The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes. They were giving me Carey-Boyz II Men shivers during it. I really hope the rumors about these two dating are true. They’re just so damn adorable. Check out Ariana’s new visual below along with her wicked live performance.

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At 66-years-old, Dolly Parton’s mind is as sharp as they come. The country legend was subjected to rapid fire questions during her appearance on Live With Kelly and Michael. Not only did she answer five questions in a minute, but she did it with panache and with humor. I have to admit she’s pretty quick on her feet. When asked her favorite color, Parton answer “Clairol, number 249”. LOL.

Before the lightning questions, they briefly discussed the honorary doctorate Parton is receiving. Michael asked her if he could call her “Doctor Dolly” or “Double D” for short. She quickly replied, that it wasn’t new to her because, “I’ve been called that for years.”

The one thing not covered in the interview were the rumors that surfaced earlier this week that Dolly was in a lesbian relationship with her childhood friend Judy Ogle. Parton dismissed the rumors already stating that she’s not gay, but her fans are. Amen to that sister. You’ve got one here. Check out Dolly’s rapid fire session below.

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“Nine months and I am about to give birth to my new co-host,” Kelly Ripa joked as she hit the Live! stage this morning. After a cryptic interview prior to the announcement on Good Morning America, Kelly was ready to tell her faithful audience who would be sitting next to her for a new chapter of the show.

After over 60 co-hosts, Kelly and her team have finally decided on former New York Giants star, Michael Strahan. “I am so happy to be here and be a part of this,” Michael stated after entering the stage and giving Ripa a big hug. It’s undeniable that these two have great chemistry on screen and have become the best of friends. But, will these two stand the test of time (and ratings) like former co-host Regis Philbin did? Check out the video announcement and share your thoughts below.

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