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.read more
"Daddy's home!" That's what Michael Strahan told Kelly Ripa after it was officially announced that he will permanently fill the co-host seat on what will now be called Live! With Kelly and Michael.
Following the duo's debut show, the new co-hosts expressed their excitement over the pairing. "It seems very second nature, and I'm so happy to be around him," said Ripa.read more
Change can be scary — especially for a TV show that swaps hosts or faces new competition. Here's a look at how a few longtime favorites have been handling tough transitions.
Live! With Kelly
Regis Philbin sat next to...read more