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PHOTOS: Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan Kid Around in Disney World | Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan's Disney Vacation

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.

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Kelly Ripa's New Live! Co-Host Is ... | Kelly Ripa

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Michael Strahan Joins Kelly Ripa as Co-Host of Live!

Originally posted 09/04/2012 09:15AM

It's official!

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."

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5 Things to Know About Michael Strahan, Kelly Ripa's New Live! Co-Host

5 Things to Know About Michael Strahan, Kelly Ripa's New Live! Co-Host

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.

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Nick & Vanessa Lachey Expecting a Baby | Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo

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Nick & Vanessa Lachey Expecting a Baby

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."

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Regis Philbin: 'I'm Going Out a Pretty Proud and Happy Guy'

Originally posted 11/19/2011 09:30AM



"Some people ask, 'Why has the show stayed on so long?' " Regis Philbin said on his final broadcast of Live! with Regis and Kelly Friday. "People tell me why they watch it ... because it makes them feel better. And it can't get any better than that. It makes them happy. "

After 28 years on Live!, Regis Philbin signed off for the final time Friday in front of a studio audience filled with family, friends and celebrities, as well as a nationwide TV viewership.

"Every morning, I'll think about this," he told co-host Kelly Ripa as they walked down the hallway to the studio for their final show together. "Thank you for everything," said a teary Ripa as they embraced before the show. "I love you."

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The Top 5 Reasons We'll Miss Regis

Regis Philbin Leaves Live!: Why We'll Miss Him

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.

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The Men Who May Take Regis Philbin's Seat on Live! | Chris Harrison, Mario Lopez

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The Men Who May Take Regis Philbin's Seat on Live!

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:

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POLL: Who Should Replace Regis on Live!?

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POLL: Who Should Replace Regis Philbin on Live!?

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:

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Regis Philbin Is Leaving Live!

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UpdatePosted 01/18/2011 10:15AM

Regis Philbin Is Leaving Live!

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.

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11-Year-Old Math Wizard Snags TV Award

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11-Year-Old Math Wizard Snags TV Award

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."
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