Kelly Ripa returned to ‘Live’ this morning after taking some days off after the news Michael was leaving for Good Morning America.

“Guys, our long national nightmare is over,” she joked. “I’m fairly certain that there are trained professional snipers with tranquilizer darts in case I drift “too far off-message.”

Ripa has been absent from the show since April 20th, when Strahan announced his new job.

Ripa was mad at ABC for withholding the news about Strahan until the last minute, but appears to have forgiven them.

“The best thing to come out of all of this, is that our parent company has assured me that Live is a priority.”

“I am thrilled for Michael, I am thrilled for you. This is a tremendous opportunity.”

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