It was business as usual for Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa on Wednesday's Live! With Kelly and Michael.
After Ripa's return to the daytime talk show on Tuesday, ET confirmed that Strahan will be leaving Live! on Friday, May 13, instead of staying on as co-host until September, which was initially announced.
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The co-hosts chose not to bring up news of Strahan's early departure, and carried on with the show as they normally would. The former NFL pro also appeared on Wednesday's Good Morning America, but his Live! exit also was not a topic of conversation.
Ricky Gervais and Josh Hartnett were the guests on Live!, and they too kept to only talking about their upcoming TV projects.
In Live!'s daily Instagram video of the co-hosts backstage, Strahan is seen knocking on a door and joking with the crew but has no interaction with Ripa.
Bellamy Young was a guest on Tuesday's Live! and admitted in a later interview on Jenny McCarthy's Sirius XM show that it was a little awkward between the co-hosts backstage. "There was some tension, bless their hearts," the Scandal star revealed. "Backstage, there was some tension because it could have gone any way."
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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."