Kelly Ripa kicked off her fresh start Tuesday morning.
Today marked the season premiere of Live With Kelly, and with it came Michael Strahan's notable absence and a promotion for Ripa. E! News has confirmed that Ripa has been promoted to executive producer alongside Michael Gelman. The show's studio also received a little bit of an update, with new velvet chair covers and other aesthetic changes. "Wow, they spared no expense!" Ripa joked.
Although Strahan departed the show well before last season ended, his absence today shined a light on the obvious question: Who is going to replace him? But Morris Chestnut was on hand to serve as co-host in the premiere episode, and Chris Noth, Bradley Whitford and Martina McBride all appeared as guests. Chesnut and Ripa began the episode by talking about an experience they both shared this summer—sending their kids to college. Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos said goodbye to their son, Michael Consuelos, while Chestnut and his wife Pam Byse dropped off their daughter Paige Chestnut.