Michael Strahan prepared "Live! With Kelly and Michael" viewers for Kelly Ripa's Tuesday return to the daytime talk show.
"Good morning everybody! Everybody is fired up!" he said on Monday's "Live!" "Kelly had a scheduled day off to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary with her husband Mark [Consuelos]. She is going to be back tomorrow which we are all excited about!"
"Pretty Little Liars" star Shay Mitchell filled in for Ripa, who has not been on the show since it was announced that Strahan would be leaving "Live!" in September to take a full-time position on "Good Morning America."
ET confirmed that on Friday night, Ripa sent an email to the Live! staff in appreciation of their support. "(Sorry for this late Friday night email). I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information," Ripa's letter reads. "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."
The email came not long after a source told ET that Ripa was giving her Live! co-workers "radio-silence," with many questioning whether she'd be willing to sit next to Strahan again. In fact, another source revealed that Ripa, 45, felt "betrayed" after being "blindsided" by the news of Strahan's departure.
"She put her neck out for Michael to be a part of the show four years ago," the latter source told ET. "She is actually miserable with the show, has been for a while now...They have not [been] getting along that well recently, but this [takes] the cake."