RUSH:  Yeah, let’s run with it.  We have a Kelly Ripa sound bite here from this morning Live with Kelly and Michael.  She got her feelings hurt that Strahan was going to Good Morning America and didn’t tell her. So she goes AWOL, just leaves, just walks off the set.  (crying)  Sorry.  I know that’s insensitive.  Anyway, she’s back.  This is what she said.

RIPA:  What transpired, though, over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration.  And, most importantly, respect in the workplace.

RUSH:  Hey, yeah, that’s worth a standing O, yes, sir, give her a standing O, respect in the workplace.  It’s gonna feel so odd weighing in on this.  I mean, it feels like it’s way down there in the level of importance, based on what we talk about here, but people want to hear about it, so hang in there, we’ll get to all of it.


RUSH: Yeah, I was on her Christmas special one year, too.  But, as I understand it, one day she shows up to work and finds out that her cohost, Michael Strahan, has been appointed or named to be full-time host at Good Morning America starting in September, and that she was upset she wasn’t told in advance of this happening and therefore considered it an act of profound disrespect not to have been told this before she found out about it on the air.  Now, folks, I got… My initial reaction, again, based on my numerous years in this business…

Is she the producer of the show?  Does she own the show?  What right does anybody have…? What demand does she have to be told what they’re gonna do with that show?  She’s an employee.  She works there.  So where is this expectation that this be cleared with her?  And, if not cleared, where is this expectation?  It would… In my day — which it is still my day, of course. Even here. I show up some days and find out the engineer’s not gonna be here; he’s off antiquing.  We got a guest engineer.

Some days the call screener’s not here. You deal with it.  You just deal with these things.  I can’t imagine coming here and go (crying), “The engineer’s not here today and nobody’s told me and nobody asked me, and I’m… Oh, damn,” and then start talking about lack of communication in the workplace.  And then going home.  And then staying home.  I would have been fired. You get fired for that.  You used to. You used to get fired for that.  And I… (interruption) No, see, this is running the risk here.  I’m not suggesting that she be fired; don’t misunderstand.

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