10:34 AM EDT 05/25/2016
Originally posted 05/12/2016 11:00AM
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?"
Originally posted 05/12/2016 08:25AM
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.
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.
Originally posted 05/11/2016 03:00PM
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.
Originally posted 05/11/2016 11:30AM
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.
Originally posted 05/11/2016 08:00AM
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.
Originally posted 05/04/2016 11:45AM
Jimmy Kimmel will be the first person to fill in for Michael Strahan after he leaves Live!, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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.
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
"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."
Originally posted 05/03/2016 09:50AM
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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