Kelly Ripa was the first to admit she’s relieved this week is over.
On Friday’s Live! With Kelly and Michael, both she and co-host Michael Strahan excitedly welcomed the weekend, with Strahan saying at the top of the show: “We made it.”
“Guys, we made it!” Ripa echoed as the crowd cheered. “Calm down, we got through it. It’s the weekend! Oh, I love the weekend.”
It’s little surprise the co-hosts are ready for a few days off after Strahan, 44, abruptly announced on April 19 that he is leaving Live! to pursue a more permanent role at Good Morning America, where he’s been appearing part-time for the last few years. PEOPLE later exclusively broke the news that Strahan’s last day will be May 13.
On that day, she opened the show with a five-minute address to the fans: “What transpired over the course of a few days has been extraordinary. In a sense that it started a greater conversation about communication, consideration and, most importantly, respect in workplace,” she said.
And to Strahan: “This is a tremendous opportunity, and I couldn’t be – and we couldn’t be – more proud of you and everything we’ve accomplished together.”
Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (check local listings).