Ripa and Strahan walked out holding hands to the sounds of DNCE's "Cake by the Ocean." Ripa then appeared by herself and received a standing ovation. Fighting back tears, she said, "Guys, our long national nightmare is over. Please, sit down, please, please. Please be seated."
"I first want to honestly, sincerely thank you for welcoming me back to this show," she said. "The love, the show of support to this bizarre time has been really overwhelming. I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right—and let's be honest, I...
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