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Originally posted 02/17/2013 10:00AM
Call it an on-location family vacation.
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan are taping four episodes of Live in Orlando, but the morning show co-hosts are also making time to embrace their inner children (and their real ones!) at Walt Disney World.
The Live co-hosts spent the day with their families at the park on Saturday, where Ripa rode the Epcot attraction Test Track with her kids Joaquin (next to Ripa), 9, Michael, 15, and Lola, 11.
Originally posted 09/04/2012 09:15AM
Michael Strahan will join Kelly Ripa as co-host of Live!, the show announced Tuesday morning.
"It's time for a new era of our show to begin," Ripa said at the top of the hour. "It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the newest member of our Live! family, Michael Strahan!"
"I adore you and I am so happy to be here and be a part of this," Strahan, 40, said. "You know how they say it's a dream come true? I truly can't say that because I didn't even know I could dream this."
Originally posted 08/04/2012 09:30AM
Dozens of people auditioned for the role. But as he did so often on the football field, Michael Strahan emerged victorious – landing the coveted job of Live! co-host alongside Kelly Ripa following Regis Philbin's retirement.
Strahan, 40, is already a household name in New York, where he played his entire celebrated NFL career with the Giants. But what else does he bring to the table?
Below, check out five things to know about the Houston, Texas, native, including his charitable side and his future bride.
Originally posted 03/05/2012 09:15AM
There's a little Lachey on the way!
Vanessa Lachey (formerly Minnillo) is pregnant, her husband Nick Lachey confirmed on Live! with Kelly, which he co-hosted Monday. Vanessa is due late summer or early fall.
After Vanessa appeared on the show in early January, "she started to feel a little different, not herself," Nick, 38, explained. "So she went to the store, got a pregnancy test, and it came back positive. So we are having a baby!"
The giddy dad-to-be added: "I've had a chance to do a lot of great things in my career and my life but this is the one thing that, more than any other, I look forward to. The fact that it's actually here, it's overwhelming."
Originally posted 11/19/2011 09:30AM
Originally posted 11/18/2011 07:00AM
After five decades on television, Regis Philbin has become the entertainment equivalent of comfort food.
Welcome in living rooms across the country in a way that viewers' own extended families could only hope to be, Philbin, 80, is leaving his post at Live! with Regis and Kelly Friday. But his tenure and pop culture influence go far beyond the standard "top moments" recognition.
Instead, PEOPLE.com compiled a Top 5 countdown of reasons we'll miss seeing "Reege" on TV each weekday morning.
Originally posted 01/26/2011 10:40AM
How do you replace the irreplaceable? You don't!
But producers at Live! with Regis and Kelly will have a seat to fill next to Kelly Ripa when Regis Philbin leaves the show after 28 years on the job.
So without replacing a TV icon, they can merely attempt to bring in someone who will hopefully pave their own way in morning television and who will hopefully have fresh chemistry with Ripa. According to EW, there are 10 names that are being considered as possible contenders:
Originally posted 01/18/2011 11:45AM
Sure, Regis Philbin is irreplaceable. But for the sake of argument, who could potentially fill his shoes when he retires from Live! with Regis and Kelly at the end of this season?
Mark Consuelos and Jeff Probst are possibilities. Both have guest-hosted in Philbin's absence, and Consuelos would have an easy time lobbying for the job – as he's married to current co-host Kelly Ripa.
Some other fun choices: comedian Kathy Griffin, who energizes any talk show she's on; Project Runway's Tim Gunn, who's a friend of the show; and Nick Cannon, who currently hosts his own morning radio program in New York City.
Vote on your pick to replace Regis below:
Originally posted 01/18/2011 09:40AM
So long, Regis.
After 28 years and three different co-hosts, Regis Philbin says this will be his last season on his morning talk show – the program currently known as Live! with Regis and Kelly.
"It's been a long time, it's been 28 years since I've been here. And it was the biggest thrill of my life," Philbin, who will turn 80 in August, said on the program Tuesday morning.
Originally posted 09/26/2008 04:00PM
It's not exactly an Oscar or Emmy, but it's no kick in the pants, either. Darryl Wu, 11, of Seattle, was named best junior achiever on Friday's Live with Regis and Kelly – which entitles him to a "Relly" award, recognizing the show's best moment of the past year (as determined by the morning program's audience).
Wu, like his predecessor last year for the same title, is a "Mathlete" – in fact, the youngest ever in the 26-year-history of the national math bee, the MATHCOUNTS National Competition. In July, Wu went to the White House for a ceremony in recognition of his academic honor.
"Receiving the Relly at school was a surprise," said Wu. "Since I am only in seventh grade, I want to keep competing and look forward to the opportunity of coming back to the show and hopefully winning this honor again."
– Stephen M. Silverman
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