Ripa was spotted leaving her Manhattan townhouse Thursday morning

By Aurelie Corinthios
April 21, 2016 10:00 AM
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brightcove.createExperiences(); The Live! drama may be ongoing, but Kelly Ripa was all smiles when she was spotted out for the first time since her co-host Michael Strahan‘s bombshell announcement that he was leaving their ABC morning talk show show.

Ripa, 45, sporting an army-green backpack, wore a black polka-dot dress and black heeled sandals Thursday morning while leaving her New York City townhouse.

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Ripa was also holding a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath, a non-fiction book which focuses on the probability of improbable events in situations where a certain outcome is more favored than others. The subhead on the cover reads: “Underdogs, misfits and the art of battling giants.”

A source told PEOPLE Wednesday the star, who was scheduled to be off Live! Friday and Monday for a “long-planned” 20th-anniversary trip with husband Mark Consuelos, is starting her vacation early – she was noticeably absent from Wednesday and Thursday’s broadcast of the show following Strahan’s Tuesday reveal that he would be leaving to join the network’s Good Morning America as a full time co-anchor in September.

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Multiple sources told PEOPLE Wednesday that Ripa was “blindsided” by the news and felt “betrayed and hurt.”

One insider told PEOPLE that Ripa only found out about her co-host’s departure as the news was breaking: “She was told at the same time as the rest of the world was learning via press release, and she was told in a room full of suits, and Strahan just sat there, mostly mute.”

“People are missing the point if they think Kelly is mad at Michael for taking the job,” the source said. “She’s not of the opinion that signing up with Live! has to be some sort of lifelong commitment. But there is a way to go about things, with courtesy and respect and decency, and none of those things were done here.”

Of Strahan, 44, a different source told PEOPLE the former NFL pro is “hurt by her reaction, of course.”

“The very public way she’s handling this. You can’t not show up for work. If you’re going to have a meltdown you don’t do it publicly,” the source said.

Ripa was replaced by Ana Gasteyer on the show Wednesday, and Erin Andrews filled in for the star Thursday. Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell is expected to co-host with Strahan on Monday.

Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (check local listings).

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