Attention daytime talk show fans! Kelly Ripa and her newly announced co-host Ryan Seacrest are heading to Canada!
Just announced this week, Live With Kelly and Ryan (weekdays at 9 a.m. ET on CTV) will be crossing the border and heading to Niagara Falls, Ontario for a special two-episode taping on Monday, June 5. The special Canadian episodes will shoot live at the Oakes Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls, with views of the famous Niagara Falls in the background.
The visit comes just weeks before Canada is set to celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary, with Canada 150 celebrations taking place all year.
The upcoming visit marks the third time the Live series has made the trek up north to shoot in Niagara Falls. In 1996, then-hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford filmed a show at the Oakes Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls for Live With Regis and Kathie Lee. In 2006, the show again aired live from the Oakes Garden Theatre with Philbin and new host, Kelly Ripa.
Prior to casting former NFL star Michael Strahan as Ripa’s co-host, Ripa traveled to Banff, Alberta to shoot Live! With Kelly from April 2 to 5 in 2012. The Canadian episodes featured Ripa co-hosting with her husband Mark Consuelos, as well as eTalk host Ben Mulroney, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, and actor Peter Facinelli.
In a news release about the upcoming special episodes, long-time executive producer Michael Gelman said, “Live has had a wonderful relationship with the city and the people of Niagara Falls. Our two previous visits are among our favourite Live remote broadcasts.”
The upcoming Canadian episodes will mark the first time Ripa and newly announced co-host Ryan Seacrest will shoot on-location together. Seacrest was named as Shanahan’s replacement earlier this month, and it looks like the radio host is already adding yet another job to his resume. With news that American Idol is coming back to TV, there is a possibility that Seacrest will reprise his role as host of the reality singing competition.