Live! with Kelly (1988– )
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At first, Kelly Ripa did an adequate job of replacing Kathie Lee. And then the producer Michael Gelman decided to make the show what he thinks is more edgy and hip it's been on a downhill slope ever since.
Regis retired - or got pushed out. An ex-jock (who is so very full of himself) was chosen to be the male co-host. Michael Strahan is hardly an appealing TV personality. I can barely stand to look at his smug face let alone listen to his ignorant and inane comments. He may have been a great football player but as a TV host - not seeing it.
Whatever charm and appeal this program once held is long gone.
The second reason I watch is to see Regis fall on his face every five minutes. How this man has sustained a show business career all these years is a mystery. He has no talent and he can't pronounce or remember a name, a place, or a date if his life depended on it. He doesn't do his research and it shows during his interviews. He totally lacks any warmth, has a monumental ego (talks about himself incessantly and often refers to himself in the third person!), and is completely technically incompetent. He can't open a bottle, operate a cell phone, or work a VCR, among many other failures. He is also a wuss (watch him during an animal segment - he's scared of everything), a bully, a curmudgeon, a screamer, and can be incredibly rude. He interrupts everyone and barely lets Kelly get a word in edgewise. The best shows are when he's away and Kelly can let loose with a fill-in co-host. However, it's a riot watching how many times he can screw up during each show.
Watch this show for Kelly Ripa and try not to throw your shoe at the screen every time Regis Philbin messes up or yells at the camera.
My office is in my home and I keep a television on the office throughout business hours. While the focus is not a television show while I am working, I do have the flexibility to actually stop in the middle of my work to turn up the volume on a show and look at valuable content. This show has no valuable content.
Kathie Lee and Regis have a great chemistry. However, I think without Regis, Kathie Lee would fall flat on her face. Regis is sooo funny. It is a far cry from the serious man he is on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire".
Overall it is an entertaining show. Check it out.
Kelly is very self deprecating. Very refreshing. To see someone obviously intelligent making fun of herself to that level is great. Sometimes, she has to stop her comments in mid stream to keep the dumb blonde gag going. Then all of a sudden, she'll say something that I that I know most people don't get.
Looks: Are you blind? Kelly Ripa is one of the HOTEST women on the planet. Kathy Lee was decent to good looking.
Kelly has incredible personality in front of a camera. Off camera, who knows. That's her husband's problem - or not. :)
I do agree with another poster's comments about how out-of-touch Regis seems. He and technology do not get along, and he does seem like he has little idea of what's going on around him.