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‘Live with Kelly and Michael’

An overview of the popular ABC daytime talk show


Talk show host Kelly Ripa.

Talk show host Kelly Ripa.

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Fast Facts

Title: Live with Kelly

Hosts: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan

Previous Hosts:

Announcer:: Tony Pigg

Personalities: Michael Gelman, producer.

Format: Live, one-hour, coffee talk (hosts in big chairs/stools in a breezy, open setting).

Broadcast information: Syndicated, broadcast live at 9 a.m. weekday mornings in most markets, check local listings .

Tapes: Weekdays, originating from ABC Studios in New York City

Premiere Date: April 4, 1983


Live with Kelly began its life as The Morning Show, a local morning talk show broadcast on ABC in New York, starring Regis Philbin and Cyndy Garvey. Garvey left after a year and was replaced, in 1984, by Ann Abernathy. Abernathy departed a year later.

In 1985, a young singer named Kathie Lee Johnson joined the program. It was instant chemistry between the two co-hosts, and the TV show took off. It went into syndication in 1988 as Live with Regis and Kathlie Lee and has been a popular mainstay every since.

Kathie Lee, by now well-known by her married name, Kathie Lee Gifford, left the program in 2000, hoping to spend more time with family and nurture her singing career. It took a year and a considerable number of guest hosts to find someone to replace her.

During that year, Philbin hosted the program alone, and it was renamed Live with Regis. Dozens of guest hosts sat across from Philbin, including a young soap actress, Kelly Ripa.

Ripa made an impression from the get-go and became the odds-on favorite to secure the position well before her official start date, Feb. 5, 2001. Ratings have risen considerably since the addition of Ripa, and Live with Regis and Kelly.

On Nov. 18, 2011, Philbin retired from Live (though he calls it "moving on" and not retirement). As of Nov. 21, 2011, the show was re-named Live with Kelly.

On Sept. 4, 2012, Ripa revealed Live's newest co-host, former NFL star Michael Strahan. Strahan guest hosted frequently during the year Ripa hosted alone. Coincidentally, after Strahan's retirement from the New York Giants, he appeared on the program and was asked, by Philbin, what his dream job would be. "Your's looks pretty good," he said.

Strahan never imagined he would actually get the job.

Popular Segments:

Travel Trivia: A home viewer is quizzed about the previous day's show and, if they get the answer correct, wins a vacation prize.

Relly Awards: Given out each year in response to the show's perpetual Emmy nomination (and subsequent loss). The Rellys celebrate funny and memorable moments from the previous year's shows.

Guest Hosts

During the 2011-2012 season, after Philbin's retirement from the program, many guest co-hosts filled his role, ostensibly trying out Here are just a few of those celebrities who have guest co-hosted the program:

  • Jon Stewart
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Rachael Ray
  • Craig Ferguson
  • Rosie O'Donnell
  • Joy Philbin (Regis' spouse)
  • Mark Consuelos (Kelly's spouse)
  • Tony Danza, sit-com star and former talk show host
  • Pat Sajak, host of Wheel of Fortune
  • Seth Green, actor and creator of Robot Chicken
  • Bill Maher, talk show host
  • William Shatner, actor
  • Kevin Bacon, actor
  • Drew Carey, actor and game show host
  • Valerie Bertinelli, actress
  • Neil Patrick Harris, actor
  • Anderson Cooper, journalist
  • Betty White, actress
  • Serena Williams, athlete
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