Can you believe Kelly Ripa has been hosting LIVE for 15 years?

The 45-year-old celebrated her "crystal" anniversary on the ABC daytime talk show Friday with current co-host Michael Strahan, who presented her with a slew of surprises, including appearances from other celebrities, her husband and their three kids.

"We're all dressed up for you," Strahan said. "We have some sweets for you. A little Champagne-"

"Booze!" Ripa said, raising her glass.

"Cheers to 15 years!" he said, as they toasted.

"I'm not going to lie, this is a little bit like attending your own funeral," Ripa said.

This marked Ripa's 3,620th appearance on the show. She debuted on LIVE in February 2001 when it was called LIVE with Regis and Kelly. Regis Philbin, the show's veteran host, left the series in 2011 after 28 years. Strahan joined the show in 2012 and the name was changed to what it is today—LIVE with Kelly and Michael

Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, LIVE with Kelly and Michael, 15 Years


The episode featured surprise celebrity guests who appeared on the show to congratulate her, such as Neil Patrick HarrisOprah Winfrey and Judge Judy's Judy Sheindlin. The latter two appeared via video message. Mark Consuelos, Ripa's husband of 19 years—or, as she called him, her "baby daddy"—also made an appearance, while their three children—Michael, 18, Lola, 14, and Joaquin, 12—gave her a sweet shout-out via video.

"Congratulations on your anniversary," Lola said.

"You're the best and you deserve a celebration," Joaquin added.

Strahan also presented her with a gift from people who work on the show, a gold and diamond necklace that bears the word "Live."

Kelly Ripa, LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Diamond Necklace


#KellysSweet15 Haha 15 is the #Diamond anniversary. #MichaelStrahan puts the diamond "LIVE" necklace on #KellyRipa!

A video posted by LIVE with Kelly and Michael (@kellyandmichael) on

  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share

We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our Cookie Policy.