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Kelly Ripa's return to "Live! With Kelly and Michael" on Tuesday was inevitably awkward for both herself and Michael Strahan, but they made it work.

The 45-year-old co-host had not appeared on the show since it was announced earlier last week that Strahan would be leaving Live! in September for a full-time position at "Good Morning America."

America Ninja Warrior's Akbar Gbajabiamila posted a pic of the co-hosts prior to the show, insisting all was good on set. "There is no drama in the NYC with @kellyripa and @michaelstrahan. #CanWeAllJustGetAlong #kellyandmichael," he tweeted.

Ahead of her return to the daytime talk show, CNN reported that Ripa and Strahan received apologies from the top brass at ABC regarding the mishandled announcement, and the executives "expressed regret for the way Kelly was told the news."

On Friday, Ripa reached to the Live! staff in an email, praising her co-workers. "Your kindness, support and love has overwhelmed me," Ripa's note read. "We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning. Love, Kelly."

Meanwhile, Strahan, 44, has continued to compliment his co-host amid all the drama. "She's just been an amazing influence on me, and this has truly changed my life to be here with her," he told the Live! audience last Wednesday. "Kelly, I thank you. I love you, and everyone else here at Live!"