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Live! with Regis and Kelly
Live with Regis and Kelly logo since 2009
Also known as The Morning Show (1983-1988)
Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (1988-2000)
Live with Regis (2000-2001)
Format Talk show
Created by WABC-TV
Presented by Regis Philbin (1983-present)
Cyndy Garvey (1983-1984)
Ann Abernathy (1984-1985)
Kathie Lee Gifford (1985-2000)
Joy Philbin (2000)
Kelly Ripa (2001-present)
Narrated by Tony Pigg
Theme music composer Gabriel Saientz
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 6,814 (as of March 5, 2010)
Executive producer(s) Michael Gelman
Regis Philbin
Location(s) 7 Lincoln Square
New York City
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) WABC-TV
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original channel WABC-TV (1983-1988)
Syndicated (1988-present)
Original run April 4, 1983 – Present
External links
Official website

Live with Regis and Kelly is a syndicated American television morning talk show, hosted by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa. The show, known as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee when Kathie Lee Gifford was co-hosting, has aired since 1983 in New York City and 1988 nationwide. Tony Pigg has been the show's announcer since its conception.

It was announced on January 16, 2007, that Live with Regis and Kelly has been renewed through the 2010-2011 season.[1]




The Morning Show (1983-1988)

The show began in 1983 as The Morning Show, a local New York program on WABC-TV with Philbin and Cyndy Garvey as co-hosts. They were previously co-hosts on A.M. Los Angeles, a similar program on KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Ann Abernathy took over Garvey's co-hosting position in 1984. Gifford, then known as Kathie Lee Johnson from her first marriage, replaced Abernathy on June 24, 1985, and the show – which had held its own against Phil Donahue's show in the local market – took off.[citation needed]

Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (1988-2000)

In the weeks leading up to the show's national debut, the title was changed to Live with Regis and Kathie Lee to prepare for the expansion. On September 5, 1988, Buena Vista Television (BVTV) began syndicating the show nationally.

In 1996, The Walt Disney Company, BVTV's parent company, acquired ABC (and WABC).[2]

On February 29, 2000, Gifford announced her decision to leave the show to pursue her singing career, and spend more time with her family. Her last show was on July 28, 2000.

Live with Regis (2000-2001)

After Gifford's departure, the show, renamed Live with Regis, continued with guest co-hosts including Philbin's wife Joy, among others. During this time, Philbin won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host, and was also hosting ABC's popular Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. During "auditions" for co-hosts, Kelly Ripa became a favorite and front-runner, especially after a segment on the first episode on which she was a guest host on November 1, 2000.[citation needed]

Live with Regis and Kelly (2001-)

Live with Regis and Kelly logo from 2001 - 2008.

Ripa was named the permanent co-host on February 5, 2001. Since Ripa took over, the show's ratings have increased according to E!.[citation needed] Kathie Lee Gifford returned as special co-host alongside Regis and Kelly on September 14, 2007, to celebrate Live’s 20 years in national syndication, and as a guest on April 14, 2009.[citation needed]

Live with Regis and Kelly set before a live taping.

Philbin announced on March 12, 2007 that he would undergo heart bypass surgery on March 21, 2007 after experiencing symptoms of heart disease. Guest co-hosts hosted alongside Ripa during Philbin's absence. [3] He returned to his hosting duties on April 26, 2007.[citation needed] Philbin later announced on November 23, 2009 that he would undergo hip replacement on December 1, 2009. Guest co-hosts again hosted alongside Ripa during Philbin's absence. He returned to his hosting duties on January 4, 2010.


Live, as implied in its name, is broadcast live weekdays at 9 a.m. ET, except for some markets. The show airs on all of ABC's owned-and-operated stations with the exception of WLS-TV in Chicago, where The Oprah Winfrey Show airs in that time slot (similar to Live, Oprah evolved from the former AM Chicago, a morning talk show on WLS hosted by Oprah Winfrey in the 1980s). Instead, Live airs on the local feed of WGN-TV.[4]

The show features bantering between Regis and Kelly, phone-in contests, celebrity and non-celebrity guests. It is produced by Michael Gelman. The first 15 to 22 minutes, known as "host chat", is improvised and also the most popular segment. Following the host chat, a home viewer is called to participate in a LIVE's Travel Trivia, with the chance to win a vacation prize package and a prize for the audience. Following the contest, the rest of the show features special segments and interviews with both celebrities and regular people with a story to tell. The final 3 minutes is the "Regis and Kelly's Inbox" segment, when viewer mail is read.

Its latest theme song, composed by Gabriel Saientz after an on-air, $100,000 contest, made its debut on January 5, 2009, the day "Live" started broadcasting in high definition. Slight changes such as new furniture and flooring were made to the set.[5]

Live has consistently been rated among the top three syndicated daytime talk shows in the US, behind The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil.

The Live series has inspired similarly formatted talk shows. Some have been successful (The View), while others have had limited or no success (The Tony Danza Show, Living It Up! With Ali & Jack). The now canceled British television series, Today with Des and Mel, was based on Live.

From Local to LIVE: Co-host for a Day Search

In August 2009, on-air personalities from ten television stations which carry the show were chosen as guest hosts for one day each in a "From Local to LIVE: Co-host for a Day Search."

Substitutes for Philbin, airing the week of August 3 to 7:[6]

Date Name Affiliate Station City
August 3, 2009 Louis Aguirre WSVN Miami, Florida
August 4, 2009 Pat Tomasulo WGN Chicago, Illinois
August 5, 2009 Chris Parente KWGN Denver, Colorado
August 6, 2009 Jason Colthorp WILX Lansing, Michigan
August 7, 2009 Jeff Varner WWMT Kalamazoo, Michigan

Substitutes for Ripa, airing the week of August 17 to 21:[7]

Date Name Affiliate Station City
August 17, 2009 Lucy Bustamante WWL New Orleans, Louisiana
August 18, 2009 Janelle Wang KGO San Francisco, California
August 19, 2009 Sandra Shaw WBAL Baltimore, Maryland
August 20, 2009 Tram Mai KPNX Phoenix, Arizona
August 21, 2009 Tamara Taggart CIVT Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Every season, LIVE! tapes about 260 episodes.


Season 22: September 2009 - August 2010

  • LIVE! in Las Vegas[8] The week of November 23, the show went on location to Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in Nevada to highlight all of the elements that make the city one of the entertainment capitals of the country. Guests that week included David Cook, Mark Harmon, Jimmy Kimmel, Thomas Gibson, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrot Top, Uncle Kracker, and Regis and Joy performed a song from their album. Regis took to the skies of Las Vegas in a helicopter and touched down in the Gran Canyon. And, Kelly joined the cast of both The Beates Love by Cirque du Soleil, and Le Reve. Kelly and Mark also revisted the chapel where they got married 13 years ago.

Season 21: September 2008 - August 2009

  • LIVE's Mom's Dream Come True 2009[11] Regis and Kelly celebrated moms everywhere on their annual Mom's Dream Come True special on May 8 in Miami Beach. An all-mom audience received flowers, Bath & Body Works products, webcams and a diamond and gold heart pendant necklace while watching four wonderful moms, Denise, Rosemary, Flo, and Shawna get the surprises of a lifetime.
  • LIVE! in Miami Beach[12] The week of May 4, the show went on location to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Florida to showcase the sights, sounds and tastes of Miami. Guests that week included, Nicole Richie, Ana María Polo, Rob Lowe, and Eric Dane. Regis also wandered the city and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach to visit some of the most legendary spots then and now. And, Kelly took her kids out on the town and hit the spectacular Miami Seaquarium and amazing Jungle Island.

Season 20: September 2007 - August 2008

  • LIVE's Mom's Dream Come True 2008[14] Regis and Kelly celebrated moms everywhere on their annual Mom's Dream Come True special on May 9. Five wonderful moms, Janine, Mary, Kathy, Brenda and Dawn got the surprises of a lifetime.
  • LIVE's Wedding 2008[16] On February 8, LIVE! married its 20th couple live on the air - Kacy Hardenbrook and Jordan Edsall from Garrett, Indiana.

September 11, 2001

On the day after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Live was on the air for an extended time with Philbin and Ripa discussing the attacks. The opening credits featured a still image of an American flag and the World Trade Center.[citation needed]


The show has been parodied for its banter and the personalities of its co-hosts.

  • In Frisky Dingo, Live with Mitzi and Verl is a spoof of Live with Regis and Kelly. When the super-villain Killface attempts to pitch his plan to destroy the world, the co-hosts are oblivious to what he says and are more concerned with their conversation and the product placement of a new car.
  • Saturday Night Live has parodied Live with Regis and Kelly (2000–2007) with Darrell Hammond as Regis Philbin, Amy Poehler as Kelly Ripa, and Chris Kattan and Rachel Dratch as Michael Gelman. Kelly Ripa appeared in one sketch as Angelina Jolie. Live with Regis and Kathie Lee was also parodied (1990–1991) with Dana Carvey as Regis Philbin and Jan Hooks as Kathie Lee Gifford.
  • In addition, Saturday Night Live aired a skit called Morning Latte (1997–2000). The co-hosts, played by Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, tell each other their personal stories, similar to Live with Regis and Kathie Lee's "host chat", but they respond over-enthusiastically to each other. They also take a light-hearted tone with their guests.
  • On a 1996 TBN episode of Colby's Clubhouse, two of the cast members did a Prodigal Son segment where then-co hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford were parodied.
  • Kanye West included the following line in his hit song, "Jesus Walks": "The way Kathie Lee needed Regis that's the way I need Jesus".
  • In the third season of Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana goes on the "Mack and Mickey in the Morning Show", a parody of Live with Regis and Kelly.
  • On Episode 4 of Wizards of Waverly Place, Alex and Harper are getting a new job from Alex's dad and they're talking during work time, Alex's dad interrupts their conversation by going, "Regis, Kelly, back to work." Alex played by Selena Gomez has appeared on the show.
  • In an episode of Nickelodeon's Drake and Josh, Drake reads a list of guests to be invited, and Regis was on it. Drake knowingly loves girls, made a remark but takes it back saying maybe he will bring Kelly with him.
  • In Treehouse of Horror IX of The Simpsons, Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin appear on the Simpsons TV, when Bart and Lisa are trapped in the TV, and fall into a pot of stew that Gifford and Philbin are cooking from Dom DeLuise's recipe. When Philbin and Gifford get spilled on, Gifford responds to this by storming off, declaring "That's it! I'm going home! Dom DeLuise can interview himself!"
  • In an episode of Hey Arnold, the character "Stinky" appears as a guest on the show. During his interview, Regis uses his catchphrase "I'm out of control!" and Kathie Lee tearfully exclaims, "I love my kids!"
  • In an episode of Seinfeld, Cosmo Kramer appears on the show to promote his new coffee table book about coffee tables and spits coffee on Kathie Lee. Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford appeared as themselves.
  • In an episode of Family Guy, Peter Griffin is granted a wish by a genie to see Kelly Ripa behind the scenes. The genie shows the Griffins Ripa's "Live with Regis and Kelly" dressing room, where Kelly (voiced by herself) rips off her human face, which reveals an alien. The alien Kelly then goes to a tied-up human, removes his heart and eats it. However, she is called back to the set of the show, so she quickly has to replace her fake human face mask.
  • In the 1998 episode of Diagnosis Murder titled Talked to Death, Philbin and Gifford portray, respectively, Darrin Tate and Mary Montgomery, hosts of a talk show very similar to Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. In the episode, various staged events intended to boost ratings of the talk show go awry, including Darrin having a heart-attack after being punched by Mary, as well as Mary being fatally shot by Darrin using a gun that was meant to contain blanks.[20]

Official Website

LIVE! with Regis and Kelly's Official site includes information on guests, recipes, exclusive offers, video archives, and tickets, as well as biographies of the hosts.

  • Regis and Kelly's Inbox Where viewers can go to send Regis and Kelly messages that might be read during the Inbox segment at the end of the show. "Regis and Kelly's Inbox: Bonus Edition" is posted exclusively online.
  • LIVE's Stage An archive of performances that took place on the show.
  • LIVE's Kitchen Viewers can search for any recipe that they've seen on the show by typing in a keyword or choosing between the "course," "chef," or "occasion" categories. Video aids are accomponied with the recipes.
  • LIVE's Blog Get your inside information from the show here! A great way for the show to keep in touch with the LIVE! viewers. Features include a beauty blog from the Emmy award-winning make-up artist on the show, the interns, the staff and correspondents of the show.
  • Kelly's Fashion Finder Find out what Kelly is wearing on the show from head to toe from Kelly herself. Also, find out what the show's guests are wearing.
  • Web Exclusives Behind the scenes videos before, after and during the show.
  • Host Chat Updated daily. If you missed the daily host chat - catch up here.

The LIVE! Twitter Account

LIVE! with Regis and Kelly has an official Twitter page. The show often has exclusive giveaways on the LIVE! with Regis and Kelly Twitter account. Kelly Ripa always pokes fun at the username for the account, 'Regis_and_Kelly,' often saying, 'It just rolls right off the tongue.'

The LIVE! Facebook Account

LIVE! with Regis and Kelly has an official Facebook page. The show allows viewers to comment on the show promotions, and behind the scenes photos posted on this account.

International broadcast

Live with Regis and Kelly is broadcast in Canada through the CTV Television Network.[21]

References and notes

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  3. ^ Grossman, Ben (2007-03-12). "Regis To Undergo Bypass; Anderson Cooper Leads Guest Hosts". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
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  5. ^ Re-doing 'Regis', a December 31, 2008 article from the New York Post
  6. ^ Retrieved 1-19-10
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  8. ^ Retrieved 11-24-09
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  20. ^ ""Diagnosis Murder" - Talked to Death". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  21. ^ Retrieved 1-19-10

External links


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Simple English

Live with Regis and Kelly is a syndicated American television talk show, hosted by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa. Before 2001, the show was known as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, with Kathie Lee Gifford co-hosting with Philbin. Live's mixture of A-list guests and the interaction between co-hosts have made it one of daytime's most popular and venerable talk shows. The program has aired for 28 years in its home market of New York City in its current format, and more than 23 years nationwide.

It was announced on January 16, 2007 that Live with Regis and Kelly has been renewed through the 2010-2011.


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