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Kelly Ripa Teases New Season of ‘Live’ with Husband Mark Consuelos: “Our Show Is Best When It’s Going Off the Rails”

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Since Mark Consuelos joined his real-life wife, Kelly Ripa on the morning talk show Live with Kelly and Mark, the ratings have never been better.  In fact, according to the Nielsen ratings, the former All My Children stars came in second behind The View for the 2022-2023 television season in total viewers averaging 2.293 million.

Now with the new season upon us come September, Ripa spoke with the Purist about what fans can expect now that Mark is coming into his own as her co-host.

Kelly shared, “We’re going to provide the same sort of humor and irreverence that people have come to know and love. Mark has taken the trivia game, where Ryan (Seacrest) and I would just give away coffee mugs to the audience, and decided that he’s not going to do that any more. There are no participation trophies in life, he says. If they want to win a mug, they’re going to have to stump me. I don’t really follow the ratings, but from what I’ve been told that since Mark has taken over, people stay with the show all the way through because they want to see whether or not Mark gets stumped.”

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When asked what favorite segment on Live is her current favorite, Ripa expressed, “I love talking to the trivia callers. Our show is best when it’s going off the rails, when our audience gets to see the slip-ups. It is not this highly polished, Hollywood thing. It is two people meeting, having coffee, having just read the paper. We never cover actual news, we cover absurd news. When you factor in a person calling from their cellphone in the parking lot of a grocery store, what have you, it is rife with the ability to derail very quickly, and I think that’s what I love the best. I also love our viewer feedback at the very end of the show, where we take our viewers.”

So, are you looking forward to more Live with Kelly and Mark? Enjoying the duo on-screen together on the morning talker? What are your favorite staple segments from the show? Comment below.

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Gawd they bug me

This show should have been canceled as soon Regis left.
Kelly is an egotistical nightmare.

I think you are the nightmare! Kelly and Mark are great.

You can disagree with my opinion, but you don’t have to attack me personally!!

You attacked Kelly and think that is ok?

Yes, because that was the topic.
Why are you so nasty and rude to someone you don’t even know/
Grow up!!

love ❤️ Kelly & Mark!!!


The show is among the most popular in all of daytime for 20 years for one primary reason: Kelly

I agree. I love her. Mark is doing a great job, too.

I don’t like Mark being so snub about winning the trivia games. What are they going to do with all the mugs since he doesn’t want the people to win?

Cut backs everywhere… especially on coffee mugs

The point is he wants them to win, not just be given the mug because they were called. I love Mark and Kelly! Their banter when opening the show right straight through to the last minute!

I live them too. I’m glad they added Mark.

So judgemental for such a loving couple. I love them,

I love it when Mark wins! I love when he is snub and snarky. It’s how real people are!

I don’t enjoy when Mark is on. I like them doing there individually stuff. It feels forced

Best decision they made was to have Mark on with Kelly. They are the greatest!

I didn’t know if I’d like Kelly and Mark together but they are really good and I really enjoy their show now just take off the butterflies flying in back of them I love butterflies but they remind me of bats.
I think Mark is doing a great job

They call it “Live with Kelly and …”. It’s hardly ever Live. Rerun after re-mixed rerun. I’m sick of it.

Love Kelly and Mark they are so down to earth , love the show

KEEP THIS SHOW GOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOTHING WILL EVER BRING MORE JOY THAN BEAUTIFUL MARK and KellySuch pure love and silliness,what a beautiful relief from this world we are trying to live in.MORE

“I don’t really follow the ratings, but from what I’ve been told that since Mark has taken over, people stay with the show all the way through because they want to see whether or not Mark gets stumped.”…. Does Kelly even understand that this segment is in the first15 minutes of the show?

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos to Kick Off Season 36 of ‘Live’ with New Show Opening

The new season of morning talk shows begins this week, and one of them, Live with Kelly and Mark, is starting things off with a new show open starring the hosts and married couple, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, formerly of All My Children fame.

Make sure to circle Tuesday September 5th, when Kelly and Mark begin their first official season together as co-hosts of the long-running show now in its 36th season.  As many know, Consuelos joined the show back in April of this year, after Ryan Seacrest made the decision to depart the series and move back to Los Angeles full-time, since the talker is shot in New York City.

In the concept of the new opening, the husband and wife duo are seen brushing their teeth in their apartment, then going through a couple of outfit changes/looks, before they settle on what they wearing as they are driven to their New York City studio where ‘Live’ emanates from, and arrive in its corridors.

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In addition, this season will have a new trivia game segment called Stump Mark.  In it, Mark will try his darnedest to keep the coveted Live mug away from trivia callers trying to stump him with their two statements — one true, one false.

Scheduled guests for the week: Derek Hough, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Etheridge, Josh Gad, Shinedown, Phillip Phillips, Nikki and Brie Bella and more.

Take a look at the opening title sequence for Live with Kelly and Mark below, and then let us know what you thought of it in the comment section, and let us know if you are looking forward to the new season of the talk show.

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Pamela Blair, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Loving’ and Daytime Emmy Nominee, Dead at 73

The Broadway community is mourning the passing of one of their most beloved members, who also appeared on several daytime soap operas throughout her career.  Pamela Blair, the original Val in A Chorus Line, died at her home in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday following a lengthy illness. Blair was 73-years-old.

Throughout her career, the singer/dancer/actress continued to showcase her exceptional talents in shows such as: Promises, Promises, Wild and Wonderful, Sugar and Seesaw. She also gained major kudos from the musical theatre community for her portrayal of Amber in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. 

Pamela also had notable roles on soap operas taped in New York City. First, Blair played Elizabeth Shank Ryan on Ryan’s Hope in 1980. She followed that with her most-known daytime role as Loving’s Rita Mae Bristow, a part she played from 1983-1985.

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Later in 1985, 1986 and in 1992, Blair made brief appearances in two roles on All My Children, Maida Andrews and Mrs. Goodman.  It was the role of Maida Andrews that landed Blair a Daytime Emmy nomination in the newly named Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series back in 1987, only losing that year to John Wesley Shipp for his role of Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara.  Blair’s last soap role was in 1994 as Another World’s Bonnie Broderick.

Throughout her enduring career, she appeared in numerous television and motion pictures including: Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Law & Order and the motion pictures version of Annie.

Let us know if you ever had the opportunity to see Blair as Val in ‘A Chorus Line’, or if you remember her daytime roles on Ryan’s Hope, Loving, All My Children or Another World via the comment section.

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Nick Benedict, All My Children, The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives Star, Dead at 77

He was at the epicenter of the hottest storyline on the early days of All My Children as Phil Brent, and now comes word that actor Nick Benedict has passed away at 77 years old.

According to the Jake’s Steakhouse Facebook Page, where Benedict’s wife, Ginger works as a bartender in Tehachapi, California. it stated, “Nick Benedict’s birthday was July 14. He went to be with the Lord this day. Please pray for Ginger.”

Benedict’s passing comes following the set-up of a GoFundMe page, which detailed that Nick had emergency spinal cord surgery on July 2.  However on July 4, he was admitted to hospice, paralyzed from the neck down.  Apparently, ten days later in Arizona where Nick and Ginger lived, and surrounded by his loved ones, Nick passed away.

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All My Children fans remember fondly, Nick taking over the leading role of Phil Brent from Richard Hatch in 1973.  Phil was involved in a romantic triangle with Tara (Karen Lyn Gorney) and Erica (Susan Lucci).  Phil was the second in a long line of husbands for Pine Valley’s Erica.  Throughout his career, Benedict played Phil three times during the ABC soaps run (1973-1975, 1975-1977 & 1988).  He also received a Daytime Emmy for his performances back in

In 1980-1981, Nick came on to The Young and the Restless as Michael Scott, the nemesis of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), for the love of Victor’s wife, Julia (Meg Bennett).  Y&R fans recall, Victor locking Michael up in a cage in a basement with a bunch of rats.

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Benedict also played the abusive Curtis Reed on Days of our Lives.  In 1993 he debuted as the treacherous father of Billie Reed (Lisa Rinna), Curtis Reed (Patrick Muldoon) and the ex-husband of Kate Roberts.  Curtis was killed by Stefano DiMera (Joe Mascolo), but Benedict returned as his ghost several times over through 2001.

Throughout his acting career, Nick appeared on Santa Barbara, Tribes, Knots Landing, The Dukes of Hazzard among other TV series and films.

Nick is survived by his wife, Ginger Benedict and his loved ones.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Nick Benedict via the comment section below.

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