Live With Kelly called a dud with ratings dropping since Regis Philbin retired

Since the retirement of Regis Philbin, the new Live! With Kelly show viewership has dropped by 35 percent; while rumors point to -- either reformatting this once popular AM talk show -- or dumping Kelly.

According to a recent report in The New York Post, the viewership for “Live! With Kelly” has declined “sharply once Regis left; with a 35 percent drop in ratings” since Regis Philbin, 80, retired on air November 18. It was back on Jan. 18, 2011, that Philbin surprised fans and announced plans to leave the highly rated “Live with Regis and Kelly” at the end of his contract. Then, 11 months later this once popular ABC morning talk show said goodbye to Regis, and hello to whoever his replacement might be. As of Jan. 25 there is still no replacement for the still popular Philbin. However, there’s been a lot of stars sitting in Philbin’s chair opposite current host Kelly Ripa, 41, over the past three months -- with only former Saturday Night Live “Regis impersonator” Dana Carvey -- being able to fill Philbin’s shoes,state media critics. At the same time, both critics and fans wonder “why has it taken this once highly successful ABC daytime talk show to find a replacement for the ever popular Regis?"

Also, those who watch a lot of TV note that Philbin doesn't seem keen on full retirement from TV; after Philbin's many appearances on other talk shows since leaving his “Live with Regis and Kelly” program that’s aired since 1993 in New York City, and since 1988 nationwide.

Regis fans want the old guy back, now!

Coos Bay local Debra and neighbor Sandy told Huliq during a Jan. 24 interview that “daytime TV just isn’t the same since Regis stepped down.”

In turn, Debra noted that she’s quit watching the show because “Kelly Ripa is okay when Regis was around,” but “she’s all over the place since Regis left;” while also saying that the long, long list of guest hosts is both good and bad.

“You get someone like Kelly Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos and it’s kind of fun because they have a Lucy and Ricky thing going on, but that’s only been that way for a few shows,” explains Sandy.

Also, “because not everyone can do what Regis did, and that’s just talk and make you feel at home,” added Sandy, who also switched her daytime viewing around after “trying out Ripa’s show for a few weeks.”

Guest hosts also viewed as dull

At the same time, numerous TV critics – writing in New York newspapers and online entertainment blogs – have complained about the lack of “consistency” with the new Live! With Kelly show that’s featured such guest hosts as Neil Patrick Harris, Derek Hough, Jonah Hill, Josh Groban, Taye Diggs, Kevin Jonas, Bryant Gumbel, Michael Buble’, Seth Meyers, Andy Cohen, Michael Strahan, Jim Parson, David Duchovny, Rob Lowe, Mario Lopez and even Jerry Seinfeld who was part of a rumor around New York City that “Regis had crowed Jerry as his replacement if he wanted the gig.”

Apparently, nobody wants to share the stage on “Live!” with Ripa who, as a former soap opera actress, can be “moody, and even very strange,” said one TV critic who asked “why should anyone watch the show on a daily basis without Regis joking around.”

The critic also said, “Kelly seems to be a nice lady, but doesn’t have the depth and knowledge of the entertainment business like Regis, who still holds the record for being on TV longer than anyone in its history."

Philbin shoes hard to fill

Prior to his retirement this past November, Philbin was called “the hardest working man in show business,” and even holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera. In fact, this versatile media personality, actor and singer – who’s best known for hosting talk and game shows since the early Sixties – is liked, say fans, because of his “crazy New York Bronx accent, his great wit and those infamous ad-libs” that seem to get “Reg” into trouble at times because he’s irreverent and “I don’t care,” Phiblin would say in his loud, often mocked voice.

Thus, without the master, and just the ultra-slim Ripa trying to hold down the fort, TV critics say “it’s simply not working;” while noting that rumors from “the head shed at ABC” may cancel “Live! With Kelly” as soon as they can find a “suitable replacement.”

Moreover, the last show of “Live!” with Regis as co-host was watched by a record number of over nine million loyal viewers that TV critics say “were not watching because of Kelly, but to send their Regis off in style.”

Regis replacements don’t exist

While TV critics say it was “fun” watching the show after Regis left three months ago “to see who his replacement would be,” it’s now “gotten old real fast with the reality,” state critics, “that a Regis replacement doesn’t exist.”

In turn, such names as “Ryan Seacrest,” and “Andy Cohen” have been floated as possible permanent co-hosts to star on the show with Ripa, but critics state that nobody wants to sign-up for Live and then have the ratings slide even further than they already have since Philbin’s departure on November 18.

At the same time, the recent ABC plan to try and breathe new life into Live by featuring an all-star roster of sports stars to co-host with Ripa failed in the ratings war Jan. 9 to 13 when the likes of Reggie Bush, Carl Edwards and Apolo Anton Ohno demonstrated they’re excellent athletes, but TV critics stated they don’t have the “gift of the gab like Regis.”

Image source of the “Live with Regis and Kelly set before a live taping last year.” Those who frequent the show, note that “it’s not the same, and even sort of empty without Regis sitting in co-host chair opposite current host Kelly Ripa. Photo courtesy Wikipedia

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Love Kelly and Miss Regis, but what did ABC expect. If they didn't want to give him the money he wanted, he wouldn't stay, so they should have known this was going to happen. Kelly is awesome, but Regis is Regis and he is hard to replace. Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Lowe, or Mario would be good choices. Even today with Kristen Chenowith would be great. Kelly can't do it on her own.. So ABC should help her out and pick a good partner or bring Regis back. He didn't want to leave.

Submitted by Kattnahat (not verified) on
Regis is sorely missed but you have to notice that Kelly is trying to do her best to keep the show going when some of these guys come on with nothing to say. Michael Strahan is 1 of the best co-hosts, he keeps it fun & Kelly keeps up with him & it's funny. We shouldn't dish Kelly when it's ABC's fault. Look what they did to all the soaps and put yet ANOTHER talk & cook show on. GO KELLY!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Umm yeah, but they're not going to pick him! He's already got a lot on his plate, and his an athlete. I sincerely doubt they would do that, although he is OK, but I still root for Dana Carvey!! Although I am discouraged because people younger than I probably wouldnt know who he was, as he was only a Saturday Night Live comedian when SNL *was* Good! He came from a lineup of SNL comedians that all made it big because they were awesome to watch (Mike Myers, David Spade, Adam Sandler, etc.) and Dana Carvey was apart of that cast, for a reason. He's too funny to NOT get a gig like this! I would love to watch him. And for all those who are NOT from that generation, ask your parents!! Lol.

Submitted by Pat (not verified) on
I so agree that Michael Strahan is great as a co-host. I also love Jimmy Fallon. If it's true that they are considering canceling the show, who would want to take that chance?

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
I agree with you I think kelly is doing a great job with the show. I like Michael Strahan as her co-host. They are very funny and witty together. Regis was great during his time. It is Kelly's time now.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree, Michael is great, but cannot become Kelly's co-host. I think Nick Lachey did a terrific job and would get my vote. As for Mark, he is good, but reads far too much and is quite obvious that he is looking down to his left to read. Kelly has a problem with this also. I would also like to see more of Josh Groban. I think he has done great. Why are you wasting time have co-hosts that WILL NOT OR CANNOT become permanent. Please knock off the attempt at comedic skits. They just do not fit here.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree, Michael is great, but cannot become Kelly's co-host. I think Nick Lachey did a terrific job and would get my vote. As for Mark, he is good, but reads far too much and is quite obvious that he is looking down to his left to read. Kelly has a problem with this also. I would also like to see more of Josh Groban. I think he has done great. Why are you wasting time have co-hosts that WILL NOT OR CANNOT become permanent. Please knock off the attempt at comedic skits. They just do not fit here.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think Kelly does a great job! I would love to see Michael Strahan or Neil Patrick Harris as a co-host, they seem to click on all topics. I hope Live with Kelly don't go anywhere!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
She always fills the gaps by talking incessantly about herself

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
She always fills the gaps by talking incessantly about herself

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
She always fills the gaps by talking incessantly about herself

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
She always fills the gaps by talking incessantly about herself

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
She always fills the gaps by talking incessantly about herself

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
She always fills the gaps by talking incessantly about herself

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I dont know whats going on , I thought they were going to have their sh!t together by now and have a replacement but by the way they are having all these sport stars and TV personalities, etc. - well we obviously KNOW that THEY are *not* going to be the pick!! So what gives then!??! I used to be a DIEHARD fan, now its boring! The ONLY time I watch it is when DANA CARVEY is the guest co-host - he's hilarious, unpredicatable and SOOO fun to watch!! Noone else has been even half as fun as him,and if they don't choose him they're really stupid!! And I will VOW not to watch the show every again!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Carvey as funny as he is.....does not turn Kelly on. Period. It's gotta be somebody so incredibly sexy but yet (preferably) untouchable...LIKE MOSES...the sexual chemistry combined with his sexiness and her frustration would be hilarious and fun. No. It will not be Dana Carvey...absolutely sure of that.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I totally agree what the heck did they expect when Regis left? There is absolutely NO ONE to replace him....there are 2 thing's they can do cancel the show or bring him back....I say bring the guy back I think he is bored and has a hard time as a guest on another show.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
NEil Patrick Harris is the best, followed by Josh Grobin

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Regis DID want to leave to do other things and he said it wasn't about the money. He doesn't need it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The show will never be the same without Regis, he is a legend.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Really, Dave? You're using the percentage from a New York Post article from a month ago. That figure was the initial drop after Regis's farewell. Every other article from the search I did states current ratings which are up.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
For the 2011-2012 season to date, both with and without Regis, ratings for the show are up a healthy eight percent compared to the same period in the prior year.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
they may be up since the new set, new contract, etc.. but i just don't see the entertainment value anymore. Perhaps if they are counting doctor waiting rooms, and places like that. It's just not must see tv

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Kelly is turning it into a woman's show and the occasional inconsistent male co-hosts don't help. When it comes right down to it, for male viewers Kelly's life just isn't interesting enough to carry this show, other than she's pretty but aging and occasionally exudes sexual overtones.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I prefer the show w/o Regis. When he would be gone on vacation is when I enjoyed the show the most. He always seemed confused & Kelly would always bail him out. I do agree they need to pick a permanent co-host.

Submitted by clazzy (not verified) on
Ughhh... Excuse ME! Regis never needed bailing out! He was a gift at any age and if anyone needs bailing out , its KELLY. I dont dislike her but she is a fame whore and she is boring as hell. Regis if he ever became forgetful which at his age.. he didnt forget half of what a 60 yr old faces in this day n age. Kelly is all about her and Regis was just interested genuinely in the guest! Regis also had an exciting private life and the way he told his stories were A GIFT because that was his talent.. (amongst many) Regis needs to come back under WHATEVER TERMS HE WANTS! Gilman needs to go along with Kelly and that other old guy who does nothing but sit on his perch! ABC HAS MADE A DRASTIC ERROR in letting go of the "MAN OF THE CENTURY". We want to grow old with Regis andkeep him close to us! I only wish I would have brought my mom to see Regis before she passed away coz she just loved him and he is a part of my heart too. When Regis would forget a word (which I do often and I'm only 41) he was so cute and even made that enjoyable to watch.... HE made Kelly and he made Kelly popular. She never bailed him out ... but they had a chemistry together coz it worked. She is NOTHING without REG! Wven when Mark C is on.. it isnt the same. Mark is also about his looks and big teeth... He and Kelly have that in common. BORING! I dont even watch anymore but will continue to GOOGLE Regis to see how and where he is. Until Regis comes back on HIS TERMS, I will not be watching that show religiously as I once did... if at all.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Since Regis left I have yet to watch the entire hour. It pains me to see what Kelly has done to the show Regis created and I am now getting the last laugh after years of watching her roll her eyes and make fun of the amazing Regis. Hopefully, she now sees how talented he really was on that show since it is now evident that Regis had more talent and charisma in his little pinky than she does in her entire body, and that isn't saying much.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I watched Regis and Kelly every morning now I turn it off another Kathy Lee all about her kids and home hoy boring even the guest hosts dont help

Submitted by TV Watcher (not verified) on
So true! She used to criticize him all the time about saying incidentally but she says "literally" at least 3-4 times per show. Regis was definitely a master interviewer. Kelly is terrible; it takes her a couple minutes to actually get a question out and when she finally does, it's usually a really dumb question that the guest doesn't really know how to answer. It looked liked maybe Regis was getting a little bored, but I doubt they'll ever be anyone to match his talent in this area.

Submitted by BlackBart533 (not verified) on
Kelly, love you but your constant use of 'Oh My God' is becoming annoying to the point of driving me away. Nothing to do with reigion, more like the constant use of 'you know' by others.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
it's not just her "OMG", it's the stutter talk. not a true stutter, its a nervous "um", "oh," "and, and, and", and "so"... ARGH. So unprofessional really, and she received an AWARD from the Mayor of NYC?! wow, talk about publicist working overtime !!!!

Submitted by RitaMNJ (not verified) on
So much of an annoyance! Her drunk slurred speach and this other obnoxious voice she does ( dumb valley girl-AAGH!) She really thinks everybody want's to see/hear her other than the guests. I've tuned out...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Really? I always thought Regis was painful to watch. The show is much better now. So there you go, not everyone will watch it that used to but some new people will watch it because it is different. As long as that horrible, holier than thou Kathy Lee is her competition she will be fine.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I really hope fans of the Regis and Kelly show agree with me, I don't watch the show anymore at all and I used to watch it everyday. Kelly has no idea how to host a show and I vow to never watch the show again if she stays the host. I think Regis should pick someone to host his show and it sure isn't Kelly. If he wants to keep the show he started he should be allowed to pick the person that will replace him and Kelly should stay on the side lines

Submitted by Angelo & Elaine... (not verified) on
I feel that the show has collapsed and If Kelly keeps talking about her family as she does more so now than when Regis was on. She cannot handle the show and must be illiminated if she continues the way she is doing. Regis made the show interesting and funny. My wife and I have stopped watching your show....Very sorry!

Submitted by Angelo & Elaine... (not verified) on
I feel that the show has collapsed and If Kelly keeps talking about her family as she does more so now than when Regis was on. She cannot handle the show and must be illiminated if she continues the way she is doing. Regis made the show interesting and funny. My wife and I have stopped watching your show....Very sorry!

Submitted by Angelo & Elaine... (not verified) on
I feel that the show has collapsed and If Kelly keeps talking about her family as she does more so now than when Regis was on. She cannot handle the show and must be illiminated if she continues the way she is doing. Regis made the show interesting and funny. My wife and I have stopped watching your show....Very sorry!

Submitted by JC (not verified) on
This is a VERY poorly researched article. The author is using ratings data from the week Regis departed where more people tuned in to see his last episodes. The numbers have not changed that much since Regis left.

Submitted by RitaM-NJ (not verified) on
She is a great second banana/sidekick. But now we see just how marvelous Regis' genius was. He left and it's gone to the dogs. Cancel and save yourselves further embarrasment-I'm sure there's a tacky reality show somewhere with Kelly's name on it. I get ill to think she gets 5 Mil to be this bad for an hour. Wow.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
brace yourself ... the executives at ABC Live signed Kelly for five more years at $10M a year: total $50M!! I think i just threw up in my mouth a bit!! Yes, it is posted and true.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Not if she is fired or cancelled the show! Bye bye! Tired of seeing her act like it is late night show. Discusting!

Submitted by Anthony (not verified) on
My vote's with Nick Lachey

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Not if she is fired or cancelled the show! Bye bye! Tired of seeing her act like it is late night show. Discusting!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You are so right on that. Her sexual innuendos are made for late late shows not daytime. Watch her March 30th show....her husband Mark's birthday if you doubt my word. She talks about taking care of Mark and twisting around in her chair as if she were straddling him then. Not appropriate for daytime.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
she hinted something being done to take care of him that night. Ugh.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Not if she is fired or cancelled the show! Bye bye! Tired of seeing her act like it is late night show. Discusting!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Not if she is fired or cancelled the show! Bye bye! Tired of seeing her act like it is late night show. Discusting!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
KELLY RIPA IS SO BORING, SHE IS NOT FUNNY AT ALL. PLEASE PUT HER SHOW AT 11:50 PM SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GO TO SLEEP

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Not if she is fired or cancelled the show! Bye bye! Tired of seeing her act like it is late night show. Discusting!

Submitted by RitaM-NJ (not verified) on
5 year contract-Gelman must be suicidal. 10M/YR is truly a joke. I've switched to Fox and Friends now so I'm happy again. Mark my words, this train wreck of a quick fix/half baked "Show" will end badly.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Sure I miss Regis, he is one of a kind but if Kelly had a decent sidekick that she had chemistry with, things would be much better. She needs to develop some history with someone. I agree with above. Neil, Rob, Mario all would be great. Don't want to see 2females. Also stats I've seen have been great.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Sure I miss Regis, he is one of a kind but if Kelly had a decent sidekick that she had chemistry with, things would be much better. She needs to develop some history with someone. I agree with above. Neil, Rob, Mario all would be great. Don't want to see 2females. Also stats I've seen have been great.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If Kelly Ripa intended to lose her male audience, she has succeeded beyond expectations. She has completely lost this formerly avid fan of “Regis and Kelly”, especially with this week’s all female show abomination. In a very short time, Kelly has turned a top syndicated, diverse audience show into one catering to an “Ellen” or “Oprah” type audience. This new show, more aptly titled “Kelly and her girlfriends", is more appropriate for syndication by Lifetime or Oprah networks. Too bad she ruined a good thing.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The same people who are complaining now about Kelly were the same ones who complained about Regis: he tells the same stories over and over, he didn't want to be there, he didn't know the celebrities and he was too old.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i would watch everyday but now i turn it on to see who is co-host and then switch channels. i did watch Dana carvey he was great. Kelly was a good co-host with regis but not a host. it is like johnny Carson and ed McMahon when johnny retired they didn't go on with the show with ed because they knew it wouldn't work because ed was a co-host not a host

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I used to watch Live each & every morning but since it's just Kelly, I have stopped watching it. I find her to be so very annoying. I think ABC should re-format the show and get 2 new host.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
kelly is too much with her fake comments to guests and co hosts it really shows I feel Tony Danza would be the best fill in he is from ny and has that seasoned outlook on life like regis did

Submitted by kathy delore (not verified) on
I was a devoted fan of the show for years but no more. Kelly is too hard to watch and has taken this show to a low with her sexual overtones and quirkiness. She does not seem in touch with the viewing public and it's all about her. She needs a reality check and to be brought down a peg. My husband cannot even stand the sound of Kelly's voice and he finds her more annoying than I do. This show will not and should not survive with Kelly. I have tuned out and won't be back.

Submitted by pleasemakeitstop! (not verified) on
Not everyone is blessed with storytelling abilities. Regis has admitted to being trained by the late great Jack Paar who was masterful at his craft. Over the years, Regis continued to hone his craft. If ANYONE though Kelly could replace him, they had to be smoking something! Kelly is not a "Lead" anything. She was a good "sidekick" for Regis....nothing more.

Submitted by pleasemakeitstop! (not verified) on
Not everyone is blessed with storytelling abilities. Regis has admitted to having been trained by the late great Jack Paar who was masterful at his craft. Over the years, Regis continued to hone his craft. If ANYONE thought Kelly could replace him, they had to be smoking something! Kelly is not a "Lead" anything. She was a good "sidekick" for Regis....nothing more.

Submitted by CMarie (not verified) on
It's off my viewing schedule. I realize Regis is 80 years old and can't live forever but the show was his. Anyone cohosting with him was just that: a cohost. I like Kelly Ripa. I liked her on All My Children. I liked her with Regis. On her own she just is annoying to me. Too much an 80's girl. I want her to stay on the show but how she is now - acting as the prime-dive of the show wouldn't work. She has to become an equal cohost to someone new. Sure; I'd love for Regis to come back and for the big-wigs who wouldn't pay him enough to keep him on contract - for them to EAT IT bigtime but he's still 80 years old and coming back might mean a couple more years but to what avail? I think ABC must really be scrambling to find the right mix with Kelly or they wouldn't be putting together so many weekly 'ideas' of who to cohost. My personal preference so far would be Neil Patrick Harris or Michael Buble; both of whom are unavailable. Everyone else has been downright boring mixed in with Kelly's newly appointed diva attitude of ownership over the show. They need someone who can tone down Kelly and bring out what Regis brought out in her. Hearing about her kids much is not interesting either. I'm sad it's come down to this but perhaps the show needs replacing and maybe that is where they should put Katie Couric when her show starts-up next September? The whole thing is sad and the saddest part is our beloved Regis has been retired.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This has turned into one big fiasco. Regis gave Gelman and the rest of the higher-ups enough notice to figure this out and find someone and they still do not seem to have a clue of what to do or where to go. This is a complete joke..really Derek Hough again and Michael Strahan? Nice guys but not good enough to replace Regis.

Submitted by Susan from CA (not verified) on
I love the show, watch it everyday! I think Kelly is doing a great job. And I love her stories. People need to stop complaining and if you want to not watch, fine, but why do you have to bash her? Why don't you get your own life! She is great!!! :)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
THERE IS NO ONE DOING ANY BASHING IT IS PEOPLE JUST GIVING THEIR COMMENTS JUST LIKE YOU SO I DON'T THINK YOU NEED TO SAY GET YOUR OWN LIFE AND YES SHE IS GREAT BUT NOT IN WHAT SHE IS DOING MAYBE ANOTHER SHOW

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I used to watch fairly regularly. Now with the focus on Kelly, her flirting with co-hosts (squeezing arm muscles ++), always talking about her kids, and her obsession with The Bachelor and bathroom-type jokes, there is no substance. I turned it off for good today after she kept talking about the bathroom and in the middle of her portrayal of a woman on The Bachelor.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I just saw that too!! Does she really have to to a Bachelor reading every week? It is annoying and not enjoyable at all, especially if you don't watch the Bachelor! She needs to focus on her co-hosts more, ask them questions and let them talk too.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
She is doing the Bachelor reading because she she can't do anything else. The Bachelor and Jersey Shore are her kind of shows. that is how much class Kelly Ripa has. NO CLASS and NO TALENT. I say dump the ditz.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have loved this show since the 80's. Sadly, that is not the case anymore. I find Kelly so out of her element now. She can't carry this show! The host chat used to be my favorite part of the show. It is so boring now. I never noticed how self involved she was before. Now that is all I notice. Please fix this show now!

Submitted by diane (not verified) on
Unfortunately I'm afraid that it is too late to save the show. The network and Gelman had plenty of time to figure out a co-host to replace Regis, but now that the show keeps sinking, I'm afraid that even if they found a good replacement, the guy won't commit because who wants to get further blame for a sinking ship? I loved Regis and Kelly together and was sad to see Regis leave, but that didn't mean I would stop watching the show. But I gave Kelly a fair shot but found myself more and more uncomfortable watching her struggle to make the host chat interesting and struggle with the interviews, then found myself more and more bored with the whole thing. I'm now at the point that I tune in to see who will be on the show then change the channel and I'm sure that a lot of the other long time viewers have already checked out. It's sad to watch the thing unravel, but it is obvious that Kelly can't carrry the show on her own and now I'm afraid it's too late :(

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