She’s got soul! Kelly Ripa attended a 90-minute SoulCycle class on Thursday, May 12, one day before Michael Strahan’s final Live with Kelly and Michael show, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.
Ahead of Strahan’s official exit on Friday, May 13, the insider tells Us that the bubbly television personality, 45, got her blood pumping by doubling up on the regularly 45-minute spin sessions at SoulCycle’s East 83rd Street location on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
“She was upbeat, energetic and totally into it,” the source tells Us.
Ripa’s class, which was taught by instructor Stacey Griffith and ended at 2:30 p.m., featured a fitting playlist, given her current situation with Strahan, 44. The petite blonde put her paces to “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” by The Gap Band, “Happy” by Pharrell, and Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 classic “September.”
As Us Weekly previously reported, the one-time soap star felt “blindsided” by the former NFL champ’s decision to leave Live for a full-time gig as an anchor on Good Morning America, which was supposed to begin in September. However, due to behind-the-scenes strife, Strahan exited Live earlier than expected and will begin appearing on GMA starting this summer.
Strahan chatted with Us exclusively at TimeCrafters event at the Park Avenue Armory on Thursday, May 12, where he opened up about saying goodbye to Ripa and his four-year stint on Live. He told Us that he is going to “miss so many things!” about cohosting with Ripa, although he refused to comment on the status of their relationship.
While Ripa has made several jabs at Strahan on air, including bringing up contract negotiations and his prior divorces, she spoke highly of him during his last moments on Live.
“Look at all we did together,” Ripa said to Strahan. “I mean, we did everything together. … I just want to say on behalf of myself and all of us, we couldn’t be prouder of you.”
“You have given us so much joy in the mornings, from your smile to your sense of humor to your horrible French accent,” she continued with a laugh. “We really are so, so proud of you. We’ve achieved so much together. And I look forward to watching you every morning and seeing what else you achieved over at Good Morning America.”
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