Kelly & Michael: Jersey Shore Open & Joaquin Phoenix To Host Oscars?


Kelly & Michael: Katie Davis To Illustrate Children’s Book

Kelly & Michael moved from the sad news of the Oklahoma tornado to happy news from one of their Top Teacher Search finalists. Erin Palonen from Connecticut was nominated by a student named Katie Davis. Although Erin didn’t win the big prize, she’s thrilled that Katie, a gifted artist, has been contacted by an anonymous author seeking her illustrations for a children’s book. The book will be called There’s an Octopus in My Pillow, and Katie reportedly loves octopuses.

Kelly Ripa: Jersey Shore Will Open Memorial Day Weekend

Kelly & Michael: Jersey Shore Open & Joaquin Phoenix To Host Oscars?

Kelly & Michael discussed whether Joaquin Phoenix will host the Oscars and the re-opening of the Jersey Shore. (carrie-nelson /


After living through a tragedy of its own, Kelly was happy to report that the Jersey Shore will open on time for Memorial Day Weekend. The area is still recovering from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy, but it’s great to hear that things are back on track. This news should serve as inspiration for the people of Oklahoma that they too will recover.

Kelly & Michael: Producer Seth & Kimberly Marry

In more good news, Live! With Kelly & Michael producer Seth and his beautiful bride, Kimberly, were married in an outdoor ceremony that “looked like a J. Crew ad.” Kelly & Michael are both thrilled for the couple, although they still need to buy a wedding present—oops!

Michael Strahan: Joaquin Phoenix To Host Oscars?

When Kelly reported that Seth MacFarlane is unable to host the Oscars again, Michael Strahan was intrigued by his suggestion that Joaquin Phoenix serve as his replacement. “Which one?” Michael asked. Actor Joaquin or rapper Joaquin?


Joaquin Phoenix has definitely developed a reputation for being an eccentric in Hollywood, but Kelly has some fond memories of the talented actor. In fact, she claims to have wrestled him on three separate occasions on Live! With Regis and Kelly. “He didn’t know what hit him,” she explained. I’d definitely like to see the YouTube footage of that!

Soar into Summer Travel Trivia: Colin Farrell

Caller Larry Hall won a trip to the St. Julien Hotel and Spa in Boulder, Colorado. He answered the following Soar Into Travel Trivia question correctly: Where did Colin Farrell say he visits every time he’s in New York? The answer is the Russian Baths. Plus, a lucky audience member received a $500 gift certificate from Omaha Steaks.


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