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UPDATE: Michael Strahan's exit as 'Live' co-host moved up to May

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UPDATE (AP) -- "Live" co-host Michael Strahan will exit the show in May, not September, as originally announced.

News that Strahan would leave on May 13 came from a "Live" spokesperson on Tuesday just hours after Ripa returned to the syndicated talk show after taking time off to "gather (her) thoughts" in response to learning last week that Strahan would be leaving for full-time duties on "Good Morning America."

Ripa, having been blindsided by Strahan's planned departure, told viewers that the incident had started a conversation about workplace respect.

She said her bosses had apologized to her for the slight.

Strahan will be seen with increasing frequency on "GMA" this summer in preparation for his start as a full-timer in September.

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UPDATE (AP) -- Kelly Ripa says all has been discussed and all is forgiven.

Returning to "Live" on Tuesday after several days' absence, Ripa addressed the uproar that erupted last week when she was blindsided by the announcement that her co-host, Michael Strahan, is headed to "Good Morning America" full-time.

Ripa said the episode sparked an important discussion with her bosses over communication and "respect in the workplace."

She called the "Live" show more than a workplace, describing it as her second home.

Ripa said she was "thrilled" for Strahan, just before he joined her for the host chat.

"I'm so happy you're back," he told her.

"LIVE with Kelly and Michael" airs weekdays on WKOW at 9 a.m.

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NEW YORK (WKOW) --  "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" co-host Michael Strahan confirmed Monday that his on-air partner, Kelly Ripa, will be back on the show Tuesday.

"Kelly had a day off to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary with her husband, Mark," Strahan said on the show. "She's going to be back tomorrow, which we are all excited about." (click on the video player above to watch the clip)

Strahan was joined by actress Shea Mitchell Monday. But on Tuesday, the Kelly and Michael team will be back together again.

"LIVE with Kelly and Michael" airs weekdays on WKOW at 9 a.m.

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