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Michael Strahan to Replace Regis Philbin on ‘Live! With Kelly’

Former NFL star Michael Strahan will be the new co-host of the syndicated talker “Live! with Kelly” come September 4. B&C’s Ben Grossman first reported the news.

Strahan effectively replaces Regis Philbin, who left the show in November of last year. Since that time “Live!” has experimented with a slew of guest hosts who took over the chair next to Kelly Ripa, including Strahan, “SNL” performer Seth Meyers and singer Josh Groban. The LA TimesJoe Flint reports that Strahan will remain as a contributor to Fox’s NFL coverage on the weekends, even as he hosts “Live!.”

Robin Roberts to Take Next Few Weeks Off as Chemotherapy Takes Toll

Robin Roberts left “Good Morning America” this morning just as the second hour began, announcing, “I’m not feeling too well.” She’ll be taking off the rest of this week and the next two weeks, part of which was a planned vacation, as she continues grueling chemotherapy procedures ahead of a bone marrow transplant expected in October.

In April, Roberts was diagnosed with MDS, a blood disorder that can occur in patients treated for other cancers. Roberts beat breast cancer in 2007.

Roberts made the announcement at 8:08: “A full disclosure here. I’m not feeling too well. I’m going to leave and let you do the rest of the program on your own. I’m going to take a little time off to get some vaca!”

George Stephanopoulos is off this week, so Josh Elliott has been co-anchoring while Amy Robach has been news reader. It was announced at TCA last week that Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and Kelly Ripa would be among Roberts’ fill-ins when she goes on medial leave later this summer.

ABC News Chief: ‘Stern and Serious’ Talk With Brian Ross After Colorado Mistake

ABC News held its panel at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour, and ABC News president Ben Sherwood had plenty to talk about. He was pressed about the mistake made by Brian Ross in the aftermath of the shooting in Colorado. Ross tried to tie the shooter to the Colorado Tea Party, but it turns out it was someone else of the same name.

Sherwood said that Ross called the man he falsely implied could be behind the shooting and apologized, according to the New York Times.

“He was not suspended and there was not a formal reprimand, although we had the first conversation like that that he and I have ever had.” Mr. Sherwood was referring to the “stern and serious conversation.”

Pressed on whether ABC was apologizing merely because the report was wrong, or also because the information about a Tea Party membership was irrelevant to the examination of the event, Mr. Sherwood first said he would not address that issue because the question was hypothetical. “I’m saying we’re apologizing because it was not true,” he said.

Sherwood also revealed a number of high-profile people who will be filling in for Robin Roberts when she goes on medical leave in late August. Among them: Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa and cast members from “The View.”

KatieCouric.com gets Overhaul In Advance Of Talk Show Debut

The team at Katie Couric‘s eponymous daytime talk show continues to gear up for launch on September 10. Their latest effort is a redesigned KatieCouric.com, including a promo video for the new talker. Among those appearing: Couric’s new ABC colleague Kelly Ripa, NBC’s Ryan Seacrest, and “Katie” EP Jeff Zucker, who says “What we are going to do is take Katie back to the Katie everyone knew and fell in love with. We are going to let Katie be Katie.”

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What Bryant Gumbel Watches in the Morning. (Hint: It’s Not the Shows He Once Anchored)

When “Good Morning America” recently snapped “Today’s” 16-year winning streak, former “Today” star Bryant Gumbel was underwhelmed.

“I didn’t really have much of a reaction,” says Gumbel, 63, “Today” co-anchor from 1982 to ’97. “[The streak] is a long time, but nothing lasts forever. It’s the nature of the business. I’ve been gone a long time now – 15 years. It’s frightening.”

Gumbel returns to mornings today and tomorrow as guest host on “Live! with Kelly.” Today marks his 24th gig; his second since Regis Philbin stepped down in November. No permanent partner yet for Kelly Ripa.

Why does Gumbel do “Live!” so frequently? “[Executive producer] Michael Gelman is a friend of mine,” he says. “Kelly is a friend of mine. The studio is very close to my house. When they ask, if my schedule allows and I’m not in one of my moods, I say yes.”

Gumbel’s moods are no joke, as many can attest. He describes the above-referenced one as: “Screw the business; I’d rather be in a cave and have nobody see me the rest of my life.” Even when he’s not in a mood, Gumbel characterizes himself as “somewhere between a hermit and a recluse.”

These days, he’s a happy hermit. He’s quietly beaten lung cancer, twice, and prostate cancer. He and his wife, Hilary, are about to celebrate their 10th anniversary. He just became a

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HLN to Broadcast Daytime Emmy Awards

HLN made it official today, announcing it will broadcast the 39th annual daytime Emmy Awards next month. The daytime Emmys will be presented Saturday, June 23 at 8pmET, at The Beverly Hilton hotel.

“HLN is thrilled to work with NATAS to celebrate some of television’s best programs and performances,” said HLN SVP and general manager Scot Safon. “Every day we focus on the news and information people talk about, and that has included extensive coverage of the Daytime Emmys in the past. This year, we’re very excited to also be carrying the event itself.”

At next month’s event, Barbara Walters will present Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of “The View” and the “Barbara Walters Specials,” with the Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anderson Cooper is nominated as best talk show host, along with Dr. Oz, Rachel Ray, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa and the doctors from “The Doctors.” “Anderson” is also nominated in the Best Informative Talk Show category alongside “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors.”

CBS has televised the broadcast the last two years. In 2009, the CW aired the show. And in prior years, the Daytime Emmys aired on ABC, CBS and NBC.

Anderson Cooper is in Demand

CNN’s Anderson Cooper continues to be a hot topic in the media this week. First the New York Times cited a CBS News executive as being a big fan, and now Kelly Ripa says that he was her favorite guest co-host on “Live with Kelly.”In addition, on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” last night, Cooper overwhelmingly won a very special viewer poll ( see right). Sorry Piers and Wolf, maybe next time.

The CNN anchor hosted a book party for WWHL host Andy Cohen over the weekend. Attendees included “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King and NBC’s Harry Smith.

Cooper has his own daytime talk show now, so he won’t be replacing Regis Philbin, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a connection between him and Ripa. Watch Ripa explain, after the jump.

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The Morning Ticker: Tornados, Abrams, Rodriguez…

  • Ashleigh Banfield and Soledad O’Brien will be hosting their CNN morning shows from tornado-ravaged Harrisburg, IL this morning. CNN’s Don Lemon as well as four other correspondents and meteorologists are in the Southern Illinois town. Wednesday morning’s tornado was determined to be an EF-4 the second-most powerful on the scale.
  • ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams is back co-hosting “Live with Kelly” today and tomorrow. Abrams filled in  a few weeks ago alongside Kelly Ripa. On a related note, in this week’s “So What Do You Do?” feature, “Loveline” host Mike Catherwood tells us how his turn in Regis’s chair was a career changer. “I signed with a big agency, I got Dancing with the Stars, and that’s when everything started snowballing.”
  • Janelle Rodriguez, the newly-named VP of programming for CNN, is interviewed by the IWMF. Rodriguez talks about how her degree in rhetoric — yes, rhetoric — her master’s in Film, and the 2004 South Asian tsunami all put her on the path to CNN executive-ness.

Anchors, Celebrities Toast Regis Philbin At His Last ‘Live!’

This morning was Regis Philbin‘s last day co-hosting “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” and ABC went all-out to celebrate the man who holds the record for most hours spent in front of a TV camera. Attendees included Former NBC and CBS News anchor Katie Couric, who recently joined ABC, Couric’s former “Today” colleague Bryant Gumbel, “ABC World news” anchor Diane Sawyer, Disney CEO Bob Iger, former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira, former “Good Morning America” anchor Joan Lunden, current “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts, Philbin’s former “Live!” co-host and current “Today” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, actors Tony Danza and Alan Alda, cable news regular Donald Trump and more.

“I will always remember spending these mornings together,”Philbin said at the close of the program. “I hope to see you all again real soon.”

While Philbin may return to TV at some point, today’s event was treated as something of a retirement party, with New York City Mayor (and Bloomberg TV founder) Mike Bloomberg presenting Philbin with a key to the city, and Iger unveiling a plaque in Philbin’s honor outside of Disney’s New York headquarters on Columbus Avenue.

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Anderson Cooper Town Hall on Bullying

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts a town hall on bullying tomorrow night. Taped at Rutgers University, guests include “Glee” star Jane Lynch , psychologist and talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw, talk show host and mother of three Kelly Ripa.

One year ago, Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington bridge after being the target of online bullying by his roommate.

Tomorrow’s town hall, Bullying: It Stops Here, begins a week of programming for CNN’s AC360 as the network partners with Facebook, Cartoon Network and Time Inc. taking a stand to help stop bullying.

Bullying: It Stops Here premieres tomorrow at 8pmET/PT and will re-air Friday during AC360′s normal timeslot: 8pm and 10pmET.

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