Michael Strahan Says He's 'Excited' About Kelly Ripa's Return to Live!
Ripa is scheduled to return to the morning talk show Tuesday
On Monday’s episode of the ABC talk show, which he hosted with guest co-host Shay Mitchell, Strahan announced that Ripa “had a scheduled day off to celebrate her 20th anniversary” with husband Mark Consuelos.
“She’s going to be back tomorrow, which we are all excited about,” he added.
PEOPLE exclusively confirmed Ripa, 45, would be returning to Live! after a nearly week-long absence following Strahan’s bombshell announcement that he would be leaving the show to join the network’s Good Morning America as a full time co-anchor in September.
The star sent an email to her staff late Friday night saying: “I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information. Your kindness, support, and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning.”
A source told PEOPLE Saturday that Strahan, 44, is excited to have her back on the show.
“He never wanted any of this to happen,” the source said. “He got why she was mad but it was out of his control. He spent the last few days reaching out because he wanted her to come back.”
“He was prepared to go on by himself if he had to, but he is relieved that it all worked out,” added the source.
Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (check local listings).