Kelly Ripa looks amazing for 15!
Michael Strahan honored his co-host’s 15th year on ABC’s talk show – both beside the Giants legend and, for a decade, Regis Philbin – with a special “Sweet 16” episode Friday. Or as Ripa, 45, put it, a a quinceañera.
With the set decorated pink and the champagne flowing, Ripa was presented with a diamond “Live” necklace and montages of her most memorable segments – plus congratulatory videos from stars like Oprah Winfrey, Judge Judy and Jimmy Kimmel, along with surprise stop-ins from Neil Patrick Harris, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen and Bryan Adams, who performed a medley with lyrics altered in her honor. (And yes, Ripa was indeed conceived around the “Summer of ’69.”
But the cutest moment came when Ripa’s husband of 19 years, actor Mark Consuelos, walked on set with a bouquet of gardenias to introduce a pre-taped message from their three children. (On behalf of the show, Strahan, 44, presented Ripa with 100, 4-foot-tall, long-stemmed roses flown in from Ecuador and designed by New York City florist L Atelier Rouge.)
“My baby daddy!” she squealed as Consuelos, 44, came on stage.
“Hey, congratulations – 15 years. I’ve been kicking you out of bed for 15 years, ‘go to work!’ ” he said as the audience laughed.
Live with Kelly and Michael airs weekdays at 9 a.m. ET on ABC.