Kelly Ripa has co-hosted America’s highest-rated morning show, Live! with…, alongside Regis Philbin, Michael Strahan and some 60 other celebrity guests. But fresh recruit Ryan Seacrest may well be the first co-host she has made cry. And no, Ripa wasn’t bullying the new boy. Thankfully, as you are about to discover, the tears were for all the right reasons.
Born in Stratford, New Jersey in 1970, Ripa initially studied psychology at Camden County College before leaving for New York to pursue an acting career. In 1990 she was cast as party girl Hayley Vaughan on the television soap opera All My Children. During her 12 years on that series, Ripa also appeared in the 1994 Seinfield episode “The Stand In,” 1996’s film drama Marvin’s Room, and the TV movie Someone to Love in 2001.
But Ripa’s star truly skyrocketed when she auditioned to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on America’s number-one morning television show, Live! with… in 2001. Ripa pipped the likes of Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg to the presenter’s post, sitting alongside long-time host Regis Philbin. Her taking the helm as co-host of the show saw it renamed Live! with Regis and Kelly and an immediate boost in its ratings.