1. Live Is Filmed in New York
Live with Kelly and Ryan is shot in the heart of Manhattan. The Lincoln Square studio is located on the corner of West 67th and Columbus Ave. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the series was filmed in front of a live audience (similar to The Ellen DeGeneres Show).
2. It’s a Spinoff of Live With Regis And Kathie Lee
The show has aired under various hosts since 1983, but it didn’t gain widespread popularity until 1988 when it starred Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford. After 12 seasons, Gifford left the show, which prompted ABC to replace her with Ripa in 2000.
Live with Regis and Kelly was on air for a decade before Philbin retired from the series. Despite his departure as co-host, Philbin still held an active BTS role on the spin-off until his death in July 2020. Seacrest was added as Ripa’s co-host in 2017, following the departure of Michael Strahan (who co-hosted the series for four seasons).
In February 2023, Seacrest announced that he is leaving Live this spring, and he will be replaced by Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos. When this change occurs, the name of the show will change once again, to Live with Kelly and Mark.
3. The Co-hosts Read Off a Teleprompter
The on-screen banter might seem candid, but it’s somewhat rehearsed. Prior to each episode, the co-hosts are given talking points, which act as an outline for their conversation. The script is then displayed on a large TV monitor (which is situated in front of the cameras), so the hosts know when to break for commercial and what’s coming next.