Kelly Ripa Is All Smiles While Stepping Out with Husband Mark Consuelos Amid 'Live!' Drama -- See the Pics

by Antoinette Bueno 7:02 AM PDT, April 21, 2016
Playing Kelly Ripa Is All Smiles While Stepping Out with Husband Mark Consuelos Amid 'Live!' Drama -- See the Pics

Kelly Ripa appears to be in a pretty good mood despite all the reported tension behind the scenes of Live!.

The 45-year-old co-host was snapped stepping out of her townhouse in New York City on Thursday with her husband, Mark Consuelos. The couple headed to Turks and Caicos on a private plane to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, a source tells ET, and will return on April 25. Looking perfectly put together in a flowy printed black dress and heels, she carried a green leather backpack and a book as she flashed the cameras a smile.

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And her choice of reading material is pretty interesting too. Ripa was seen holding Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling novel, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, which according to its official description, "challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against ... or endure any number of other apparent setbacks."

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Ripa will not be returning to Live! until next week at the earliest, ABC told ET in a statement on Wednesday. She was already scheduled to be out on Friday and Monday for a previously-scheduled vacation, according to the statement.

Ripa's getaway comes after she took an unplanned day off on Wednesday, a day after her co-host Michael Strahan announced he was leaving the show after four years in order to go full-time at Good Morning America. A source told ET that the mother-of-three felt "blindsided" by Strahan's big move, and "is pissed" because she didn't know about the former NFL pro’s GMA deal until after shooting Tuesday's episode of Live!. The news broke the very same day.

Another source told ET that Ripa has threatened to not come back to the show until Strahan leaves in September.

"She put her neck out for Michael to be a part of the show four years ago," the source said. "She is actually miserable with the show, has been for a while now...They have not [been] getting along that well recently, but this [takes] the cake."

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Still, Strahan had nothing but positive things to say about Ripa on Wednesday's Live!, thanking her at the end of the show.

"I didn't want to say it earlier, but I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa, because Kelly welcomed me here and I've learned so much from her," Strahan said on-air. "She's just been an amazing influence on me, and this has truly changed my life to be here with her."

Strahan continued to compliment Ripa on Thursday during his first appearance on GMA since announcing the news.

"I'm going to miss everybody at Live!, sitting next to Kelly every day," he said. "I've been having a lot of fun on that show over the last four years and I'm very thankful to her because I've learned so much from her and [executive producer] Michael Gelman."