Kelly Ripa's Return to 'Live!': There Was 'Tension' Backstage, Says Guest Bellamy Young

by Jackie Willis 10:08 AM PDT, April 26, 2016
Playing Kelly Ripa's Return to 'Live!': There Was 'Tension' Backstage, Says Guest Bellamy Young

Bellamy Young was the first guest on Tuesday's Live! With Kelly and Michael, and admitted that it was a bit awkward backstage before Kelly Ripa made her big return to the show alongside Michael Strahan.

Ripa had not been on the daytime talk show since it was announced last week that Strahan would be leaving to take a full-time position at Good Morning America. "There was some tension, bless their hearts," Young revealed to Jenny McCarthy on her Sirius XM show. "Backstage, there was some tension because it could have gone any way."

WATCH: 7 Times Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan Gave Us the Ultimate Friendship Goals!

The Scandal star said she didn't see the co-hosts talking ahead of the show, but "once it got underway, it was beautiful."

"Kelly gave a monologue and she got to clear the air. They're professional people," Young added. "There was a tense part, and then everybody went out and the show started and everyone remembered that we're grown ups and we have jobs. We do our jobs."

WATCH: Michael Strahan Leaving Live! Confuses Kelly Ripa's Pal Andy Cohen -- 'It Ended Way Too Prematurely'

"I think Kelly just wanted to make sure that she had a job still," McCarthy said of the Live! episode. "Yeah, and who can't relate to that?" Young responded.

Ahead of interviewing the 46-year-old actress, Ripa addressed the audience solo before taking her seat next to Strahan. "Our long national nightmare is over!" she began. "I always speak from the heart and I didn't want to come out here and just say something I might regret. So, what transpired over the course of these days has been extraordinary. It started a much bigger conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace."

MORE: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan's 7 Most Awkward Moments During Her Return to Live!

Here's a look at Ripa's return to Live!: