A source told ET that Ripa was "blindsided"
by the news that Strahan would be leaving the daytime talk show, and in an interview withPeople magazine
, she admits to feeling that ABC did not consider her in this decision. "There's a part of me that can say, 'Okay, I understand. This may have been an oversight,'" Ripa explains. "And again, after 26 years, at this point we are like a family. And sometimes when you are so comfortable with somebody, you may not give them the same consideration as somebody you're not as comfortable with – a certain formality falls away."