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Kathie Lee Gifford Shares Advice for Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan Amid 'Live!' Drama: 'Always Be Professional'

by Zach Seemayer 5:00 PM PDT, April 27, 2016
Playing Kathie Lee Gifford Shares Advice for Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan Amid 'Live!' Drama: 'Always Be Professional'

Original Live! host Kathie Lee Gifford has some friendly advice for Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan: "Be totally professional."

Gifford stopped by Fox News on Tuesday where she addressed the ongoing tension between the co-hosts following the news of Strahan's upcoming departure from the morning talk show.

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Gifford, who left Live! in July 2000, advised Ripa and Strahan to "keep anything that is going on between you private."

"It’s nobody’s business but yours," the 62-year-old continued. "But always, always be professional at your job. That’s what you’re hired to do."

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After it was announced that Strahan would be leaving Live! to join Good Morning America, Ripa made headlines when she was absent from the show for several days.

Rumors of tension between the co-hosts spread following her temporary absence, but she and Strahan were nothing but cordial and professional during her return to the show on Tuesday. The two even poked fun at the supposed behind-the-scenes feud.

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However, Strahan's departure, which was originally scheduled for September, has been moved up to May. A source close to the show told ET that the move was "the best solution for everyone."

For more on Ripa's somewhat awkward return to Live! on Tuesday, check out the video below.

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