It's the little late-night talk show that could. Next week, Watch What Happens Live — the kooky, wildly unpredictable chat-fest hosted by Andy Cohen — marks its fifth year on the air. That's no small feat, considering its very humble beginning as a shoestring web series anchored by a largely unknown Bravo network executive. Since then, plenty has changed. For starters, Cohen has become a celebrity in his own right, with one bestselling book down and a second due in the fall. And the ratings have grown. About 334,000 people tuned in for the first televised episode in 2009; this spring, WWHL hit an all-time high of 3.9 million viewers, and it's up 7 percent over Conan this season. The star power is also higher wattage. Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan and Oprah Winfrey are among the guests who have partaken in the mélange of parlor games, free-flowing cocktails and general pop-culture revelry that's made the pint-size "Bravo Clubhouse" ground zero for countless watercooler moments. We sat down with Cohen in his Manhattan studio to relive the wild ride...
Well, this is going to be a great way to start the day!
President Barack Obama will make his first appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael on Friday.
POTUS will sit down with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan in the White House's Blue Room to discuss a range of topics, including the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, which takes place on Thursday.
After his private conversation with a 17-year-old girl leaked online, James Franco attempted to do some damage control on Live! With Kelly and Michael Friday.
After meeting the teenage tourist at his Broadway show Of Mice and Men, Franco reached out to her on Instagram. He soon suggested they rent a hotel room and insisted, "Don't tell."
Seth Meyers is taking over the Late Night desk on Feb. 24 and he's enlisted a star-studded welcome wagon.
Kelly Ripa made a splash online this week when she tweeted a photo of her rock-hard abs.
Everybody's posing nude!
What is The Bear without his beard?
Mandy Patinkin appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael Thursday sporting a surprisingly clean-shaven face. "I shaved it the minute I finished the last shot [of Season 3]," the Homeland star explained.
"I felt like I was taking off a Mickey Mouse mask. I had it for two years because I couldn't take it off because other things that were going on. I also felt about 20 years younger," he continued.
Live with Kelly and Michael
It's a marriage made in Nielsen heaven. Live With Kelly and Michael was a hit from the get-go when it debuted on September 4, 2012. And the frisky daytime gabfest — hosted by Kelly Ripa and former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan — continues to show surprising muscle. It recently tied with Dr. Phil as the No. 1 syndicated talk show in household ratings, beating longtime champ Ellen (particularly impressive since Live airs in earlier time periods with lower TV usage). With more than 3.5 million viewers, the show is also drawing its biggest overall audience since 2007—08, when it was still Live With Regis and Kelly. Why has this 25-year-old program caught fire? We corralled Ripa and Strahan to find out.
Wladmimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere
It's official: Hayden Panettiere is engaged to longtime boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko, her rep confirms to TVGuide.com.
On Wednesday morning, the Nashville star sported her big diamond ring on Live! With Kelly and Michael, prompting Ripa to ask the obvious. "I'm not sure if you want to announce anything ... does that signify anything, is that a promise of something?" Ripa said.
Many people returned from the long holiday weekend with a tan, but Kelly Ripa went back to work with something a little more permanent: a new 'do!
On Tuesday's episode of Live! with Kelly and Michael, the TV host debuted a sleek new bob. "Back in...
Jessica Simpson treated her Twitter followers to a very special treat on Thursday.
As part of the social media trend "Throwback Thursday," Simpson posted a vintage video of her high school performance of A Chorus Line's famous number "The Music and the Mirror."
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In the YouTube video, a very young Simpson is still rocking the...