While Ripa didn't come out and say why she sent the flowers, this is the first we're hearing of the gesture following Winfrey speaking to ET in April about the longtime host
not being told in advance of Strahan's exit from Live!
"Nobody should ever be blindsided," she said. "I don't know who's in charge, but somebody should've said, 'This is gonna happen.' You shouldn't have to read it in the paper. Ever."