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What Kelly Ripa Learned from Regis Philbin – and How She'll Use Those Lessons to Move Forward

Originally posted 05/12/2016 11:00AM

Kelly Ripa is opening up in this exclusive interview on how she really feels about Michael Strahan's departure from Live – and what's next for her. Subscribe now for her side of the story, only in PEOPLE!

Kelly Ripa has spent 16-years co-hosting Live – 10 of those in the seat next to founding co-host Regis Philbin.

Now, in the wake of Michael Strahan's departure from the show, Ripa is finding a path forward by looking back on the lessons she learned from Philbin, now 84.

"I just remember when Regis left it was so scary," Ripsa she tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "Because we – meaning me – had never done this before. Regis had done it many times, and he was so good at it."

"It makes you terrified," Ripa continued. "Like can I do this without Regis being here?"

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Kelly Ripa Explains What She Wants in Her New Co-Host: 'I Like Having a Partner'

Originally posted 05/12/2016 08:25AM

Kelly Ripa is opening up in this exclusive interview on how she really feels about Michael Strahan's departure from Live – and what’s next for her. Subscribe now for her side of the story, only in PEOPLE!

The search for Michael Strahan's Live with Kelly and Michael replacement will officially commence on Friday – and Kelly Ripa already has an idea of what she's looking for.

The 45-year-old tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story that finding a new co-host after Strahan leaves for Good Morning America won't be easy.

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Could Kelly Ripa Take Live to L.A.? Find Out Why She's Considering a Move

Originally posted 05/11/2016 07:10PM

Could Kelly Ripa one day bring Live to sunny California? The co-host has at least one person at home who is likely pulling for that idea – her 14-year-old daughter, Lola.

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How Mark Consuelos Supported Kelly Ripa During the Live! Drama

Originally posted 05/11/2016 03:00PM

Kelly Ripa didn't have to face the recent drama surrounding Michael Strahan's exit from Live! alone.

Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos offered the co-host much-needed support following the announcement last month that Strahan, 44, would be leaving the talk show after four years to expand his role at Good Morning America.

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"Mark is such a smart guy and is always in the face of business very dispassionate," Ripa tells PEOPLE in an interview for this week's cover story. "He looks at it like a business decision, and he says to me, 'There's nobody better at this than you,' spoken like a supportive spouse."

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Kelly Ripa Explains Why the Search for a Live! Co-Host Needed to Begin Right Away

Originally posted 05/11/2016 11:30AM

Kelly Ripa is opening up in this exclusive interview on how she really feels about Michael Strahan's departure from Live! – and what's next for her. Subscribe now for her side of the story, only in PEOPLE!

Kelly Ripa's search for a new Live! co-host is starting four months earlier than previously announced – and for a reason.

Ripa's morning talk show costar Michael Strahan will end his nearly four years on Live! this Friday, despite initial plans for him to stay on through September before beginning a new role at Good Morning America.

The 45-year-old tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story that she and Live! staff members – whom she affectionately refers to as "family" – served as the impetus behind the decision to speed-up Strahan's departure.

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Kelly Ripa Opens Up About What Really Happened with Michael Strahan: 'People Deserve Respect'

Originally posted 05/11/2016 08:00AM

Kelly Ripa is opening up in this exclusive interview on how she really feels about Michael Strahan's departure from Live! – and what's next for her. Subscribe now for her side of the story, only in PEOPLE!

Michael Strahan will depart from Live! With Kelly and Michael after under four years on Friday, and co-host Kelly Ripa is "excited" for the soon-to-be Good Morning America star – despite how the news of Strahan's departure played out in the last few weeks.

Ripa exclusively opens up to PEOPLE for this week's cover story about why she decided to take a stand for herself after being blindsided by the announcement that Strahan was moving on – information she learned at almost the same time as the media.

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UpdatePosted 05/04/2016 04:15PM

Jimmy Kimmel Will Join Kelly Ripa as First Live! Guest Co-Host After Michael Strahan's Exit

Originally posted 05/04/2016 11:45AM

Kelly Ripa has her first guest co-host!

Jimmy Kimmel will be the first person to fill in for Michael Strahan after he leaves Live!, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Michael Strahan Is 'Looking Forward' to His Final Days at Live!

Originally posted 05/04/2016 10:35AM

Several hundred fans of Michael Strahan, many wearing New York Giants jerseys, filled the lobby and an exhibit hall of New Jersey's Yogi Berra Museum on Tuesday night, clutching copies of his newest book and eagerly awaiting the TV star's scheduled 6 p.m. arrival.

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Michael Strahan Promises Kelly Ripa and His Live! Family: I'm Always Going to Be There Whenever You Call

Originally posted 05/03/2016 02:05PM

Michael Strahan's time at Live! may be coming to an end, but the show will always hold a special place in his heart.

"I love Live!, I've loved being there four years and I'm not gone," he told Extra at the Met Gala in New York City Monday. "I'm still part of the Live! family, and I'm always around when they need me. So I'll be there whenever they call."

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Kelly Ripa Says 'I'm Still Here!' as Live! Audience Boos News of Michael Strahan's Exit

Originally posted 05/03/2016 09:50AM

Michael Strahan's last day at Live! is just 10 days away, and fans don't seem happy about it.

On Tuesday's episode of the morning talk show, Kelly Ripa took a moment to address her co-host's final day, which as PEOPLE exclusively first reported will be May 13.

"A week from this Friday is Michael's final show here at Live!," said Ripa, 45, as the audience began booing.

"We still love you, Kelly!" shouted one audience member.

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