"Guys, our long national nightmare is over," Kelly Ripa says in her opening statement, and doesn't shy away from addressing the issue, according to E!.
Here are some important pieces of the broadcast, which can be seen in the video below:
"What transpired, though, over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace."
"There is a commitment to this show and the people that work here and most importantly to you, the viewers, who have watched us every day for 30 years. I am thrilled for Michael... I am thrilled for you this is a tremendous opportunity. I couldn't be—and we couldn't be—prouder of you and everything you have accomplished."
From the E! report, it seems as if Kelly thought that LIVE! was going to be booted for another hour of Good Morning America, but she reassured viewers that "our parent company has assured me that LIVE! is a priority."
Watch Kelly's opening monologue here:
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