Kelly Ripa Returns with Pitch Perfect Statement

Kelly Ripa returned to her show this morning, and before sitting down with Michael Strahan she delivered a statement that was everything it needed to be: funny, direct, pointed. She refused to apologize for taking the time off (“I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company, I earned the right.”) and she reaffirmed that her issue was about respect, not money (“this started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace”). The only time she wobbled slightly was her reaction to Strahan telling her,”If you need me, I’m coming back to help out.”

-Meanwhile, ABC has widely decided to let Strahan leave Live in May instead of September, avoiding a summer full of awkwardness.

-I gave up on both How To Get Away With Murder and Orange Is the New Black, but I’m still following Matt McGorry on Twitter because boy is woke. He’s schooling of Piers Morgan on Beyonce was a thing of beauty.

Rachel Roy released a statement saying she is not, in fact, “Becky with the good hair,” so now everyone’s side-eyeing Rita Ora. K.

-Not a good week to give Beyonce a thigh gap, W.

-I’m really looking forward to Bill Simmons’ new HBO show, which premieres in June. I’m currently listening to his Louis CK podcast and it’s excellent.

-Disney’s upcoming movie slate is all girl power, all the time.

-Whenever I feel like not going to the gym I just watch one of Daisy Ridley’s Instagram videos and then I have no choice but to get my ass off the couch and go lift something heavy.

Emilia Clarke‘s pose on the cover of Vogue Australia is hella awkward, no?

Bill Cosby is now demanding New York mag hand over info from their interviews with his accusers. The utter gall of this guy will never not astound me.

-Everything about Dylan O’Brien’s on-set accident continues to sound terrifying.

-This video of guys reading horrific tweets out loud to female sportswriters is powerful, but also a little confusing. Like, are we supposed to feel bad for how hard this is for *the men* in this video? And I’m surprised that they’re this surprised. Any woman who has any kind of internet presence deals with this shit all the time.

-I feel like Ariana Grande should focus all her appearances on late night talk show skits and SNL. It’s where she really shines.

-Speaking of late-night shows, Jimmy Fallon told a cute story about Prince randomly challenging him to a game of ping pong.

-In other Prince news, New Girl creator Liz Meriwether wrote a great essay about having Prince guest star on her show. (Fox is re-airing his episode tonight.)

Thomas Middleditch hijacked Tom Hiddleston’s group text and has no regrets.

Samantha Bee took on opponents of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill and it was glorious!

-Oh FFS. Marvel says Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One character in Doctor Strange is Celtic, not Tibetan.

-Shocking report: Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted getting cozy with a model. Try to suppress your surprise.

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson battle phone-wielding freaks in the Cell trailer.

Jen McDonnell is an entertainment freelancer and social media specialist. She put her celeb stalking skills to good use as managing editor of Likes: pop culture, celebrity dirt, guilty pleasure TV, George Clooney, cheese. Dislikes: people who use 'begs the question' incorrectly. Follow Jen on Twitter @jen_mcdonnell. Follow Jen

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