ABC Stations Renew ‘Live with Kelly and Michael,’ ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’

Kelly Ripa Michael Strahan
Courtesy of Disney

“Live with Kelly and Michael” has set a long-term renewal with the ABC-owned station group, assuring that Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan will keep yakking in daytime through the 2019-20 season.

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” also has been renewed by its ABC-owned incumbent stations through the 2016-17 season. Both “Live” and “Millionaire” are distributed in first-run syndication by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. “Live” is carried by all eight ABC O&Os in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Fresno, Calif. “Millionaire” airs on the ABC O&Os with the exception of WLS-TV Chicago.

“Millionaire,” one of the franchises that kicked off the contemporary wave of reality TV and international format hits,  is heading into its 15th season in syndication. “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison took over hosting duties this season from Terry Crews.

“Live” ranks as one of daytime TV’s most successful syndie franchises ever. The ayem chat-fest began its run in national syndication in 1988 with Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford at the helm. Ripa replaced Gifford in 2001; Strahan succeeded Philbin in 2012.

“We are exceptionally proud of ‘Live’s’ unparalleled success and are thrilled to extend our highly valued partnership with the ABC Owned Stations for many more years to come,” said Janice Marinelli, president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. “We are also very pleased to extend our relationship with their strong stations on ‘Millionaire,’ which continues to resonate with viewers across the country.”

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  1. Roberta says:

    Ripa’s contract, amazingly renewed. The Donald, amazingly still standing.

    Apparently the juvenile and the narcissistic easily trump quality and intelligence in the ongoing dumbing down of America.

    It’s all around us now……you just have to open your eyes.

  2. Michelle says:

    I love this show with the 2 of them together.

  3. Ah…Yawn….its getting a little old watching Kelly pop out from under Michael’s legs…keep the Live format kill out the stars…..there’s enough diverse casting on local news….come on ABC be honest a Black and White host is what sponsors selling cereal and toilet paper want to see..not viewers. Even Michael’s demos are watching Black hosts on BET.

  4. Denise says:

    I haven’t watched since Regis left. I absolutely can not stand Michael Strahan. Think he was the worst choice possible. Am not sure why anyone would think he is the least bit entertaining. But another prime example of how television rewards jerks and idiots.

    • Ann says:

      That’s funny, I never liked Regis so I didn’t watch it then. I watch it every day now that Michael is co-host. I think he is funny and he fits Kelly’s personality better than Regis did.

  5. Patty says:

    I love Kelly and Micheal, they are fun and entertaining, I watch their show everyday

  6. J. Clinton says:

    How can they call it live when they are only there 3 or 4 days in a week

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