Several of Cher's friends, including Kelly Ripa, are expressing their love for the singer in heartfelt videos

By Alexia Fernandez
April 25, 2019 02:18 PM

There’s no end to the love people have for Cher.

In a PEOPLE exclusive, longtime Cher fan and friend Kelly Ripa thanked the singer for “keeping it real” in a new video project launched by The Cher Show, the singer’s hit biographical Broadway musical.

“I think you know by now I love you and I have for as long as I can remember,” Ripa, 48, said. “You have seriously taught me so much about being a woman, a strong woman and an inclusive woman in the entertainment industry.”

She added, “I look up to you, I hold you in such high esteem and I thank you for keeping it real and normal and fighting the good fight.”

Ripa was joined by Carol Burnett, Nancy Pelosi and Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts in the video project, as well.

Kelly Ripa, Cher
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The Cher Show follows the story of the singer’s rise to fame, including her early childhood, her time as part of the singing duo Sonny & Cher as well as her Grammy, Oscar and Emmy awards.

The Broadway musical debuted in December, with Cher paying a visit to the show just a few days before it opened. The musical has three actresses portraying her at different points in her life and seven-decade career.

Cher originally saw The Cher Show back in June while it was having its out-of-town tryout in Chicago. She hilariously told The Chicago Tribune afterward that it “needs work.”

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Since then, she seems happy with what the creative team has done. During a conversation with Tony-winning producer Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton) for his SiriusXM special The Cher Show: Making the Musical, Cher said she loved seeing all three Chers on stage together — including some scenes in which an older version of Cher gives advice to a younger version of Cher.

I only wish it would have really happened,” the Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again star joked. ‘I could have saved a whole lot of painful s—, okay? I wish that they would have been there and someone who could say, ‘You can leave him!’ “